It’s been a while since I posted to the website, but I thought it worth sharing some new work I was commissioned to do for a friend recently.
It’s great to be asked to create a piece of art for someone, for a couple of reasons – one because it’s nice to be given the opportunity, but also because it can give you an unexpected concept to work with.
This piece turned out pretty good I reckon, and my friend was happy with it too – win win.
I got my copy last week in the mail, and it is great to see this project come to fruition. I’m super happy with how my submission came out and it’s great to be side-by-side with animators and artists I really admire.
You can get your own copy at Sutu’s store, and more info about Eyejack, the app that runs the the AR on your mobile device, here. Very exited to see where this goes in the near future, and how artists bridge the traditional and digital arts with this tech.
Sutu (Stuart Campbell) is a prolific visual and comic artist who has been exploring technology in his work thematically and in the way it’s seen for some time now. His latest project – Prosthetic Reality – An Augmented Reality Art book has kicked off and is calling for backers on his Prosthetic Reality Kickstarter page. I’ve been very lucky to be included in the International 45 artist line up with some amazing people, and from the samples I have seen it’s shaping up to be something really special. If you are a collector, a fan of animation, or are interested in the new space technology is pushing art into check it out (click on the pic above)
F(L)ight Exhibition in Bristol
If you haven’t already seen my facebook or instagram posts in the last week or so, I was invited to join artist and curator Paul Roberts’ self initiated project F(L)ight – opening this Friday at Hamilton House in Bristol, UK.
It’s a real pleasure to be asked to attend the group show, which has brought together a huge line up of over 140 artists; not only because it’s great to be part of the international creative community, but because sales from our artworks will be going towards two very worthwhile charities that promote peace and support those directly affected by war. The Veterans for Peace, and War Child. If you are in the U.K. even better, close to Bristol this weekend, it would be great if you could throw your support behind Paul and this great project.
(Pictured above is my piece for the show)
New Commissioned Artwork for Dormilona Wines
Over the last few years I have been working closely with Dormilona Wines in WA. They create some really great wine the old fashioned way – with hard work and no shortcuts. They flipped it up a notch this year with the Clayface series, (which I posted about in January), but I’ve also been commissioned to create art for their latest Cab and Chardonnay – coming soon! It’s great working with these guys – so into those little details that make things sing. See the new art work above.
New Wine Label Commissions
In Margaret River, Western Australia, there is an independent batch winery called Dormilona, who I’ve been working with for a while aside my normal art practice, creating illustrations for their labels.
Dormilona means ‘sleepyhead’ in Spanish, and somewhere along the lines it was decided we create a lethargic skeleton mascot to head up the brand- so he has been the feature in this mini-series of illustrations for a few years now. We have been working on a narrative, a sort of horizontally panning diorama, with lots of lush moss covered stones and trickling streams since 2013, but this year I’ve been given free reign to do something special for their limited addition amphora pot red and white, coming out early next year. See above skeleton illustration. This is just one of the two labels for wine coming on to the market in the next few weeks. If you fancy learning more, head on over to the website (link above).
New paintings! There are things happening in the studio again. Detail shot of new acrylic work on canvas – more to come.
In the Studio
I’ve been working on small scale studies recently. Acrylic on paper mounted to board, 210m x 297mm (A4) – the last of the supplies I brought back from Japan. If you’re interested in purchasing one of these pieces get in touch via my info page.
Going on trips
Journeys have been on my mind recently, and it reminded me of a trip I took to Kyoto for the first time way back. At one of the shrines I was encouraged to buy some of the lucky charms (お守り) from the stall in the gardens. There were literally dozens to choose from – charms that helped to earn more money, others that kept you safe on the road etc. I’m not sure if there was one for journeys but this painting – Ryokou Omamori (or is it Tabi Omamori?), is my lucky charm for just such an occasion. I don’t think you’ll find a charm quite like this one there.
Acrylic on wood panel, 140mm x 180mm
If you’re interesting in purchasing this piece, get in touch via the info page.