Think it all started with some drunken texts between Dan and myself on instagram. The next week a Dan Lacey frame arrived from Federal bikes. Made during lockdown this hand sprayed one off custom turned out ok i think. Can’t wait to see him ride it.
Proud to present my lockdown labours in this multi channel broadcast show, event, web thingy. So first was there was Lockdown Magazine, Dot2Dot portraits and a release of the wino boxes now finally some work you can see in the flesh in this site specific Christmas light shop front installation.
In collaboration with Kensington and Chelsea art week as part of their lockdown HIGH STREET WINDOWS. A series of site-specific window installations across Kensington, activating local high streets through imaginative interventions by contemporary artists.
The small boxes displayed in the windows are experiments in materials and light that were made during lockdown. Boxed-in, we have all tried to see the bright side, and these naughty rude kids lights have been my way of bringing some light with these humorous candid acts of indoor disobedience. The entire building is transformed into a giant, glowing light box, blurring the boundaries between inside and outside.
A full explanation of the show as well as a shop to buy it, can be found here Lockdown show.
If you were one of the lucky ones to bag a copy of Lockdown magazine then this offer is for you! Simply follow the instructions on page 34, send me a photograph of yourself, your nearest and dearest or possibly your pet and i will turn it into a unique Dot 2 Dot portrait.
A mixture of digital and hand drawn portrait, will be delivered as a A2 giclee (archival print) on 250gsm paper as well as digital file to share on your social networks (you know you love it!)
Orders before December the 7th will be delivered before Christmas Simply follow the instructions in your copy of Lockdown Magazine (No Magazine No portrait!!).
Lockdown magazine a show catalogue for a troubled time. Half catalogue of new work, half a reaction to being cooped up all year.
A bumper Lockdown Limited edition magazine, 52 glorious, full colour pages. Free gifts! Patches! original works, and obligatory masks. Exclusive sticker and street scene collectable. Be the first in your street to commission a Dotmasters Dot 2 Dot portrait (an offer thats exclusive a to Lockdown magazine subscribers.)
Obsessive compulsive narcissism by mail order.
Limited edition of 150 one per customer.
This lockdown, your coffee table looks shit without one. Only a pony ! …Thats £25 plus p&p.
With street art and gallery shows officially cancelled in the 2020 lockdowns, I’m producing an online show. It’s a multi-media mix of website content, online show and a printed limited edition catalogue that includes inserts, free gifts, original work and a new limited sticker edition.
The show was conceived and made in lockdown. All works are experiments with modern materials and utilise modern technologies, electricity and light. Many of them are boxed, locked down, capturing rude kid acts of disobedience, vandalism and joy.
The show will be launched by a series of promotions over the course of a week from the 19th of November, culminating on the 26th with a live broadcast from a secret shop front location in South Kensington, London and online catalogue launch.
It’s all a bit of an experiment a bit like the work i’ve made, but hopefully there is something that catches your eye. I’m really excited about the Magazine it’s been a long time since i’ve made a publication. For this one i am collaborating with long time collaborator Amber Stoddart who designed my first publication D.I.Y Survival 12 years ago.
There will be a chance of commissioning a bespoke original dot to dot by Dot portrait in the magazine as well as lots of extra inserts and exclusive works made just for it.
There’s a lot to look out for this locked down November, stay tuned for updates
I am releasing an edition of 25 silk screened prints of the latest Rude kids in lockdown on the 7th of August. In the past Indigo has been the only rude kid popping a smile on a famous work of art. This set of 3 prints see Astrid and Edgar join her in tagging a smile on three new Dotmaster portraits, The Queen, Marilyn and The Chinese Lady, all get the Dotmasters halftone treatment and have a trademark smile sprayed on them in these candid captures of naughtiness.
It is a 5 colour silk screen Each print is 35cm x 90 cm on 375 cotton rag Lambeth paper, printed as ever, by Mesh silkscreens in Bristol. Each set comes numbered signed and embossed. There are 3 in the set.
Times in the creative industry are very precarious at the moment, so to show some solidarity with galleries i have been working with, Graffik gallery in Portobello, Stella Dore gallery in Hastings and GCA in Paris. I will be releasing a smaller edition in a different wallpaper colour version of each kid with each of them. An edition of 12 One Rude kid per location. Will post details as soon as i have them.
Thankfully a couple of years ago we built a studio in the back garden, so when the news came of the Lockdown my work suffered less than many in the UK. i could still make stuff, but the thought of making a show that would probably not be seen, left me having to reevaluate what to make in these uncertain times. I settled on a series of experimental works using the motif of a kid painting smiles on well loved works of art. It kind of made sense to have these three rude kid characters , Astrid, Indigo and Edgar painting, stuck indoors like the rest of us.
I am sure i was not alone in taking to the bottle during lockdown. The news and social media streams confirmed it. During the drunken haze that was the first few weeks that included my wedding anniversary we were sent a two bottle box of wine to help us celebrate. The box was just too cute to throw away.
I didn’t want to do something 2d or canvas based, and with my only 3d gig Glastonbury cancelled (i am the art director Unfairground) i thought i’d try and make these little boxes into stage sets where i could pop these three naughty children and up cycle this little wooden box.
Each box has its own RGB remote control so that the lights can change to whatever colour you require, there are preset programs with fading , jumping and flashing between different colours. The back panel is laser cut wallpaper out of birch ply, The frames are 24k gold leaf. I will be making a small edition of each light. Video of them working to follow.
Excited by these cute little lamp works I’ve also made some larger scale wall based works, at the time of writing this only one is finished and i will be posting some more updates as they are finished. The below version has interchangeable works that you can swap out depending on your mood.
These will be one off works, still no idea how to show them, where they will be available. hopefully work that out when they are all finished. To get your name on a waiting list for the Lockdown wine boxes email seesix at gmail with the subject Lockdown wine box
Smile for the NHS jigsaw, available from tomorrow morning at 10am Saturday the 9th of April on sale for 10 days.
It’s hard to make a difference during the lockdown if your medium is the street. It’s like Christmas day out there all week! As any writer knows Christmas day and its deserted streets are a gift that keeps on giving. But should you as an artist take advantage of it? I did an early straw poll, a few posts online, at a half hinted enthusiasm for getting some new work out there; i was unsure, i did a peer review and found the answer was a resounding NO!
What could i do to help? What use is art on a deserted street anyway? “Why don’t you make a puzzle out of one of your works that people can do at home” the wife suggested. I could make it in halftone i thought and make it fiendishly hard, Burn some furlough hours round the kitchen table for those stuck at home.So i have, it’s an old Dotmasters favourite with a framed Mona Lisa with a blue NHS smile. Completely made out of half tone dots with very little help from the picture on the lid of the box.
Proceeds will be donated to the NHS and hopefully this 500 piece puzzle can help while away some time for those stuck at home. Music by The Buzzcocks.