Sunday, January 29, 2017
Last year I was pleased to get the opportunity to design a large mural of the Cowboys football team mucking about at Smiles Stadium. The client was very clear about what they wanted, which is always a good thing. I really enjoyed the caricature aspect of this mural having fun with details like the two mascots and the geckos placement. This all took about 6 weeks to get right and the customer says they are over the moon with joy.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Recycling plastic is not my only passion, I have also always enjoyed doing cartoon caricatures. When I was young I used to do cartoons of my father and his workmates in the drawing ( drafting ) office that he work in. I would do caricatures of the Christian Brothers teachers at the school I went to, often in an unfavorable light as it won me approval with classmates. Over the years I have occasionally done caricatures of my friends and family pets. Recently I have been getting lots of commissions and contract work to do caricatures of sporting identities and corporate teams. Today I finished a set of seven drawings for managers of a New Zealand Gov't organization. I hope I nailed their likenesses.
Friday, January 13, 2017
For a good while now I've been interested in the fetishization of robots by modern society. From an early age I was fascinated by famous robot characterizations like Gigantor, Astro boy, the robot from the Forbidden Planet and Invisible boy movies and of course Silent Running and Star Wars. These pre-real robots, I feel are an homages to a technology we don't quite know or understand. I find myself asking what sort of waste and refuse will be left by them as they become obsolete like mobile phones from the 90's are now. Also I tend to think we have strange expectations of robots, will they bring with them happiness and new hope. In a way, I think that the modern ideology of what a robot will be, is similar to that of the Cargo Cult natives of New Guinea and their building of effigies of airplanes with the belief that these likenesses would bring prosperity and plenty. The sculptures here are a start to a theme I would like to pursue in my art. It is a mix of the cargo cult iconography, African fetish and that expectation of our modern culture that robots will bring solutions to many needs that we find it hard to address in society like pollution, war, elderly care, loneliness and the need for profit.
I am calling this theme my robot fetish.
I am calling this theme my robot fetish.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Seeing in the Christmas / New Year period in New Zealand, I've have had time to finish off some colourful artworks. Though the last one is unfinished by a whisker I still wanted to post it.These are not actually in frames but I believe that I should find frames as close to the ones I have mocked up here.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
I have several artworks that when I finished them I was not that impressed with how they turned out. One of those was this little black and white kitten staring at two fish in a bowl. The style I was aiming for was that of some Japanese art I have admired where narrative is described with limited detail - The fish - The bowl - The ledge - The kitten and that there was a moment at which the kitten could strike out at the bowl and the narrative would end. As I have arrived back in New Zealand to live and unpacked our huge storage container, I have been able to review a whole lot of work and see them with fresh eyes. This little image is now becoming a favorite of mine. It has already won the heart of my wife who won't let me sell it.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
The image of the robot head from the previous post didn't do it justice. So I am posting this again. I have made a few alterations adding the x mark in an area I thought needed a little something. Also the darker border adds a little depth. The size of the image is 60 x 58 cm . When framed and finished it will make a great statement piece.
So I am still creating larger works using a paper lamination process called "papier lasagne" . It basically results in a large but terribly strong paper surface to paint on. These two works are directly inspired by the "Bots in a box" sculptures I make. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.