So… i said, ” you know i don’t use a computer when i make these gaffa taped objects to the wall. I just print them out 9 times usually in black and white and then cut each colour registering each to the one before it.
Ourtypes said “You should make a film that explains that”
An archive of Dotmasters paper works, spanning over a decade of experiments and test sprays. Whether painted to try out ideas for prints or an exploratory working out of colours for new artworks, these paper works form the initial genesis of my well-known prints, canvas and street works.
Painted on fancy french cotton rag art paper, every test sheet is a work of art in it’s own right, from an unseen archive.
Paper is unforgiving: make a mistake and it’s there forever, especially when you’re using spray paint (there is no eraser for that!). Registration for multiple layered works becomes difficult, masking and set up is key to each sheet.
The quality and price of the paper always makes me treat each work with a caution and care that I don’t often feel with other mediums. Always painted for my own eyes and my archive, these works are a personal playground.
For the show ‘Artist’s Proof’, I’ve picked my favourite pieces from my back catalogue. Never before seen or available for sale, these one-off works have evolved from over a decade of work.
Artist’s Proof is my first show for over a year, the show title is a defiant statement that I am still here, still making. Other works in the show are works made in lockdown, experiments with materials and light.
Lockdown has closed us down, locked us up and, in a large number of cases had us reaching for the bottle. It’s good to be opening up again.. join us for a socially distanced drink.
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.
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
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
I’ve been sick and tried of losing my scalpels over the years so i’ve come up with the above method for guaranteeing they always have a place on my desk, “The desk target”. its always more fun to put things back where they should be if you can make a game out of it.
A show of beautifully hand crafted stencil works that discover the beauty amongst our trash. Photo real renditions of humble bin bags & high class labels painted on a decades worth of bin and skip raiding. Up-cycled objects, grannies cushions, nothing avoids the Dotmasters’ magpie eye. Mixed media assemblages pop off the wall in a faux 3D skid row tableaux. The frames are off, and work spills from the walls like the piles of trash they depict.
The irony of stencilling piles of rubbish is not lost on us. Rubbish, we all do it… leave it out on the street, either once a week or at random times when consumption out strips our storage. For many it’s their only contribution to the public space. We all contribute to this shifting sea of street sculpture with the rhythms of the weekly bin round. Its an ordered chaos, of suddenly unowned & worthless things.
You can tell a lot about an area from its rubbish, the people that live there, what the eat, what they wear. High Class Trash takes it’s inspiration from the galleries location, that particular mix of trash and glamor that make Notting hill so famous.
The first 13 visitors to the show on the 13th of September will be rewarded with a limited hand finished six colour silk screen print, a release of only 13. Sometimes 13 can be a lucky number.
Private view 13th of September
Show runs till october 5th
284 Portobello Road, W10 5TE, London Tel No. 020 8354 3592