By happy coincidence - serendipity! - (I will get tired of this, but not before you) the exhibition is on for 23 days and since there are 23 paintings, for the sheer hell of it I will be posting about a painting every day throughout . . .
EASY 8 Archival giclée print on German archival paper 55x70cm Limited edition of 12 £140
Original Painting 63 x 80cm Acrylic and mixed-media on canvas: SOLD
I see this as a kind of companion piece to Nailmouth Says Thank You. The mellow and the mad. The easygoing guy blowing off steam started as a thumbnail doodle on a scrap of paper and I originally used it 20-odd years ago at an exhibition I had at the Freedom bar on Wardour St. Soho. Post- Art School I was hawking my work around bars and clubs by cold calling on foot or by phone. These are a couple of A4 black and white illustrations that I showed to the then manager Roland Mouret (now Fashion Designer) who liked them so I created 10 in all and blew them up to 2x AO to paste straight on to the wall. They were up for a couple of months.
To be honest my current work is split 50/50 between reused/rejigged/refined and new. My style or content has never really changed since my first time in art school. Sketchbooks from then show a remarkably similar style to what I'm doing today. Which I see as a positive. I draw/paint what I like - and that's the fun - and hope then that others do too.
The current portrait is sharper, painted on pasted and torn paper on canvas stretched over an old screenprint frame. The portrait is a spray-painted partial pink stencil layered on top with a full black outline Ligne Claire as the french would say. A significant inspiration in my work. Across the top the X marks the 10th painting in succession, the seven colours of the rainbow, Easy swirling around his head, easy as the 8-ball in the top pocket, blowing off steam or your smoke of choice amongst the cascade of kisses and lips from the 5 colour stencil of 21 year old Sophia Loren (it was her 80 something birthday when I was making this) even the dog is given the thumbs up! and the ever-present musical connection being Easy Snappin by Theo Beckford symbolised by the pink hibiscus and 70s reggae style lettering. The original Easy Snappin from the mid-50s is taken to be the precursor of ska and therefore reggae. There were lots of versions by him over the years and each to their own, but this is my favourite . . .