In the summer of 2015 I spent 5 weeks in Husavik in Northern Iceland working in the studios at Fjuk Arts Centre.
Rather than drawing directly from my surroundings or responding to obvious Icelandic tropes, (which is one classic response to working on a residency) I instead built up a large collection of found imagery from the local charity shop (an hour and a half drive away) . I incorporated these with recurring shapes and lines that stuck in my head from walking around the fishing town and its surrounding areas.
I did however allow myself one day to draw in the Whale museum and embrace everything Icelandic which resulted in the zine – ‘Whales Tails’.
‘Mel Gibson Fact 127: It took Mel 16 takes to pick out the Ace of Spades in the climatic scene in Maverick.’
Group show and book based around the life and career of troubled actor Mel Gibson. My piece was inspired by the infamous scene in the classic 1994 film ‘Maverick’.
‘‘Secret 7” takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and presses each one 100 times to 7” vinyl. They then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style for every 7”. 700 sleeves are exhibited and then sold for £50 apiece.’‘
I have taken part in this excellent venture every year since 2013 to 2016.
I was lucky enough to be among 8 artists to represent the UK at annual Comics and Art Festival – BD À Bastia in Corsica. The festival is organised by Una Volta, the Cultural Centre for Bastia and features all manner of exhibitions, talks and workshops by some of the best comics and sequential narrative artists from across Europe.
Ben Newman, Karrie Fransman, Glyn Dillon, Ian Culbard, Fumio Obata, Vivianne Schwarz, Glen Baxter and myself, exhibited in the Museum of Bastia which is an old fort. We also took part in a panel talking about comics and illustration in the UK, as well as various signings and comic workshops.
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I was invited to take part in this excellent group show at culture centre Ter Dilft in Bornem, Belgium, by Belgian artist Ephameron. That also featured the work of Nous Vous (UK), Ward Zwart (BE), Ephameron (BE), Joanna Hellgren (SE) and Louis Reith (NL).
This was a fun show that included drawings, collages, paintings, zines and sculptures. I made and painted the shelves to display a series of mini sculptures and drawings and collages inspired by said sculptures. These were my first attempt at 3d work and saw me using air drying clay painted with gouache and varnish.
Touring exhibition curated by; Simon Peplow, Lawrence Roper, Marcus Oakley, Holly Wales & The Outcrowd Collective. Landing at Rough Trade East, London / Analogue, Edinburgh and Here Gallery, Bristol. Featuring over 100 artists.
My debut Solo show coincided with the release of my Nobrow published book ‘People I’ve Never Met & Conversations I’ve Never Had’ and included the pages from the book plus limited edition prints and some heads made of smaller heads.