Monday, 27 June 2011

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

Finished another word art piece of mine using Lyrics. This time inspiration comes from the powerful song by The Smashing Pumpkins, 'Bullet with Butterfly Wings'.

Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Pen & Ink
"Bullet with Butterfly Wings" is a song by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the lead single from the band’s 1995 double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The song won the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
(Source: Wikipedia)

A rat sits caged in a girls head. Gnawing on the bars, trying to break free. In the eyes of the girl we read 'I still believe I cannot be saved'. A bullet with butterfly wings flutters above. Lyrics cascade down the girls hair on either side. 

The Smashing Pumpkins is one my favourite bands, and this song for me has always been one of those that I would play repeatedly. Great beat, fast and beautiful lyrics. True poetry.

I get many things from this song, someone who feels trapped in a situation they have no control over or no control over their life. A society that just takes and takes, uncaring, cold, deaf, dictating our lives. "the world is a vampire, sent to drain". They're so angry and yet they have no influence over what will happen - "despite all my rage i am still just a rat in a cage" All about conforming, loss, sin, pain, frustration, change, etc... at least that's how I see it.

Something I think many of us have felt at certain moments in our lives if we're truly honest with ourselves.


Monday, 20 June 2011

Walking Through Clouds

Detail (Walking Through Clouds)

The painting is now finished and I've just delivered it to Debut Contemporary Gallery today. 

Measuring 100 x 76 cm and painted on canvas in oils, a girl stands with a stormy wind blowing through her hair. A tree stands bare, crows taking flight and circling above.

The first in a series of paintings fusing girls and dual landscapes.

Walking Through Clouds - oil on canvas 100 x 76 cm

Lots of wispy hair and other fine details in this picture, very time consuming but worth it in the end. 

A closer look in the video below.

Now to plan the next one (^_^)

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Paints & Brushes at the ready...

100 x 76cm Canvas

Busy painting again. Working on something that I'll be delivering to Debut Contemporary Gallery soon. Here's a little peek at what I've been up to.

Work in progress...
La Chica del Atardecer
First in a new series following on from a small painting I did a good few years back,  'La Chica del Atardecer'. This time I'm painting on 100cm x 76cm canvas.

A fusion of girls and dual landscapes will dominate in this surreal series.

There's a set of photos on my facebook page showing some of the process of this piece. Link here

That's it for now, gotta get back to work (^_^)

Friday, 3 June 2011

My art in Notting Hill.

After the fantastic June preview night held on Wednesday June 1st, I'd like to continue to welcome all to come down to the ongoing exhibition at the Debut Gallery in Notting Hill, where my work is still currently on display. My Profile

"For What It's Worth" pen & ink
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Debut Contemporary Gallery
82 Westbourne Grove
London W2 5RT

DEBUT CONTEMPORARY is an innovative concept for all aspiring and ambitious artists, showcasing the best of British creative talent across all art disciplines. Dubbed as “Kingmakers” (International Life Magazine) of creative talent, “London’s Top Tastemakers” (Time Out) and “One of the UK’s Most Powerful Couples in Fashion & Art” (The Times Magazine), husband and wife duo Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, the “high profile couple” (Drapers Records) behind the launch of Wolf & Badger, Salon Contemporary (including Artist of the Week, Curator of the Month and Best of British competitions) and First Wednesdays, is now launching Debut Contemporary. Having already discovered some of the big names amongst emerging contemporary artists and fashion and jewellery designers in the last few years.