Since I came back from Japan I have been working on my next project: a series of painting & screenprints commisionned by the National Fairground Archive. The pieces will be part of an exhibition for the NFA’s 20th anniversary at the Western Bank Library early September. It’s been amazing to browse the archive which is a unique collection of material covering all aspects of the culture and history of travelling fairs and entertainment from the 1800’s to the present day.
I’ll be posting more photos of work in progress but here is a first glimpse.
I designed this poster for the Tramlines Gig Poster show curated by Tom Newell & Drew Millard and held at Millennium Gallery last month. It involved a few other artists mainly showing risographs representing gigs at the festival.
So I finally went back to Japan again after a mere 9 years went by since I was there last. This time I was painting a big mural in Betsukai/別海町 Hokkaido and visiting my good friend Mika and her family. Mika has been a tremendous help with organizing everything. Weather was really hot and we had to paint at the end of the day when the sun starts going down. The rest of the time was just about eating amazing food, tasting sake and hanging out with the cat.
It was just amazing.
First day was all about finding a solution to get to the top.
The Tour de France in Yorkshire has started. The whole region is going mad about cycling – so is B&B gallery. Grand Départ is a mini exhibition organized for the release of 3 new print editions by Asuka Ohsawa, Kid Acne, and myself which just started today. Here is a selection of my cycling related work, all are currently on view at the gallery.