Wednesday, 6 August 2014

FINALE group show 2014 at the Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool

Three pieces entered in the last LAA show to be held at its current venue. Such a sad time that its closing. I've received nothing but encouragement and enthusiasm from the gallery owners June & Dave Lornie over the years and have exhibited, sold work and attended many shows here in the past. Dave and Lornie if you are reading this my best wishes to you both. I also wish to thank the volunteers and everyone who made the exhibitions possible. Hopefully they'll be back at a new location in Liverpool very soon.

Exhibition runs until the 28th of August 2014. Tuesday to Saturday 12-4pm.
The Liverpool Academy of Arts, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BE

Above: 'Peace!' (2014) acrylic on canvas
Below: 'Pepperland Beatles' acrylic on canvas, 30x120 cm.

Below: 'Marion' acrylic on canvas (Janet Leigh from the film Psycho)

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pepperland Beatles painting

I finally went back to finishing this Beatles painting that I started in 2013.
'Pepperland Beatles', acrylic on canvas, 120cm x 30cm.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Depeche Mode 'Personal Jesus' 25th anniversary 2014

I've been meaning to paint a picture of Depeche Mode for a long time seeing as they are my favourite band. I've completed a few drawings of them over the years as well as painting in acrylics on coats/jackets for friends. This is the first painting on canvas. 80x40cm.

A 'Personal Jesus' themed piece to coincide with its release 25 years ago on August 29th 1989.

I chose a palette of three colours as used on the original single sleeve:

Monday, 28 April 2014

Movie Cars exhibition at Arena Studios and Gallery / Light Night 2014

Movie Cars exhibition coming up at Arena Gallery in Liverpool.
Saturday 10th May - Sunday 25th May.
1st Floor, Elevator Studios, Liverpool, L8 5RN

PV Friday May 9th 6-9pm - donations bar & popcorn.

Also included as part of Liverpool's LIGHTNIGHT events programme on Friday 16th May 6-9pm.
Copies available from various venues around Liverpool.

Apart from the Ghostbusters image all other pieces were designed and made in the space of 3 months earlier this year from February to April 2014.

Photo's of the exhibition space from right to left below with small thumbnails of artwork:

Above (clockwise from top left):
1966 Thunderbird convertible from Thelma & Louise. Digital print
1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Futura 'Ectomobile' from Ghostbusters. Framed digital print
1982 Barbie Dreamvette Corvette from Gremlins. Framed digital print
1981 Delorean DMC-12 from Back To The Future. Acrylic on canvas board

1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey And The Bandit. Framed digital print.

Above (clockwise from left):
1959 Edsel Corsair convertible Coupe from Pee Wee's Big Adventure. Digital print
1984 Ford Econoline from Dumb And Dumber. Digital print
1971 Plymouth Valiant Sedan from Duel. Framed digital print
1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town and Country (customised) from Planes, Trains And Automobiles. Acrylic on canvas (30cm x 15cm deep edge)
1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham from Uncle Buck. Framed digital print

Above (centre):
1957 Ford Custom 300 from Psycho. Acrylic on canvas board mounted in frame £100

Above (clockwise from left):
1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. Hand cut card with laser cut circular black mount in frame.
1973 Volkswagen Sedan (Typ 1) Beetle from The Shining. Digital print.
2084 'Johnny Cab' from Total Recall. Digital print.

1981 Delorean DMC-12 from Back To The Future. Digital print
1974 Dodge Monaco Sedan 'Bluesmobile' from The Blues Brothers. Digital print

Friday, 7 February 2014

DICE Awards 2014 Little Golden Books

Final artwork cover mockups for a project commissioned by iam8bit. One of the most enjoyable projects I've ever worked on.

They are based on classic children's 'Little Golden Books' in style and are blank inside to be used as notebooks. The theme was to capture four unique moments in gaming history.

Copies were printed and put out on tables as freebies for the 14th annual DICE awards show, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences annual awards ceremony honouring the gaming industry held in Las Vegas on the 6th February. 

Turnaround was 5 days.

When Quarters were King - the coin-op/arcade industry of the 70s/80s.
Acrylic and photoshop.

A Flood of Fun and the Folly that Followed - the onslaught of consoles that caused the great video game crash of the early 80s.
Watercolour and photoshop. The idea for the illustration is based on the landfill site in Alomogordo, New Mexico that buried millions of unsold Atari 2600 ET game cartridges in the early 80s.

From Pixels to Polygons - the transition into 3D, when flat, pixelated graphics of Super Nintendo were replaced by the Playstation generation.

The Great, Big Online World - the industry gravitating towards online play, building persistent, gargantuan worlds that simply weren't possible before.

The Little Golden Book reference was thought up by the client and came about as it tied into DICE's 2014 theme of "The New Golden Age".

Here are the final books (with DICE's motif used as a repeat pattern for the foil binding) and actual LGB's from my collection I used for reference: