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 . . .
Smirkin' Merkin The House and Playgrrr Dog. Acrylic & mixed media on canvas 42 x 60cm.
Also available as a 42x60cm (A2) limited edition print.
Couldn't be anything else really.
This is a smaller version of an earlier painting (see below) which was a paean to my first years in London, living on the cheap squatting in the Elephant and having a high old time of it in house and out running around. The days when your night started after work but really began by getting the last tube into town. The Stooges, Funhouse in particular was the core soundtrack to those days. Both the background house and the PLAYGRRR lettering have come from recent photos around the Rockingham (there's a moose loose aboot this hoose . . .) Estate in SE1 where we lived on the top floor, hung out on the roof. The dog was a scrappy scribble of a fleabag itchin' animal. The dog got his moniker from an old mate that used to whine in manc "she 'ad a smerkin merkin". The dog is a stencil, as is the lettering - from a playgrrround funnily enough. HOUSE comes from that rarity, a defunct coffee shop. Cartoon characters, street lettering, Rizla + cross, and a femme fatale from a postcard in Lisbon a long time ago. All the usual shit just passing through . . .
House and Playgrrr Dog. Multi media on canvas 91 x 152 cm. note cat on acid.