MARVELOSA – Art inspired by The National Fairground Archive

Just this week opened MARVELOSA a new exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of The National Fairground Archive. 5 artists including myself were commissioned to work around material available at the archive. MARVELOSA is on view until January 8 2015 at The Western Bank Library at The University Of Sheffield. It’s been an absolute pleasure working on this. More info here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/exhibition/marvelosaIMG_0086gold1000'

The Snake Charmer – Hand-finished 3 colour screenprint on Somerset paper

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Other artists involved in this project: Anthony Bennett, Mark Copeland, Sarah Munro, Paul Evans, Pete McKee, Zoe Beloff.

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National Fairground Archive #NFA20

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.

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Kodama 木霊

It took 6 days to paint this mural – we worked really hard going up and down tall ladders but on the last day the stars aligned and we were able to use a cherry picker. It’s always such a treat to work with these machines – I just wish I had my own! A big thank you to Mika Ohtsuki, her family, Ito San, and Niwa San families for making this happen.

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Back in Betsukai-chō 別海町

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.

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