Wednesday, 25 May 2016

I'm transferring my blog updates to my new website...


I'm not using blogspot to share news anymore... you can find it all over on my new website instead.

Here's the link to my brand new blog page:

Thank you xx

(pic credit: Nick David

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

New print for Subversion Gallery in Glasgow

I have created a new print for Subversion Gallery, 'Paint Stuff' is a 6 colour A3 screen print, it is available to buy online on the Subversion site here.

An edition of 12 is available for a discount price of £75 each, the edition was created exclusively for Subversion for their '12 days of Christmas'.  

Printed at Atom Gallery

Print in progress


This artwork was originally created in 2007 for Stella Dore Gallery as an A2, I've always liked this print but it sold out a while ago, so I decided to revisit the design to create a new edition.

Subversion Gallery approached me at The Art Car Boot Fair in Margate to ask if I would like to exhibit at their gallery in Glasgow, I'm really excited about working with them!  I will be sending more artwork up to them in 2016... news about that coming soon.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Talking about my artwork on live TV!

It was an honour to be invited to talk about my artwork on live chat show Outside the Box this week. You can view it via the You Tube link below:

The show focused on the challenges faced by artistic communities as a result of rising rents and threat from developers.

It was great to see interviews with several studio organisations including Bow Arts Trust and V22.  I talked about the body of work I have been making in response to the housing crisis, including the estate agent signs I created for Dismaland.

Monday, 9 November 2015

A huge thank you to everyone who came to see The Poor Door Exhibition at A-side B-side Gallery

Thank you to everyone who came to see The Poor Door Exhibition at A-side B-side Gallery, it was a great turn out at the opening night!

For the first two weeks in October, A-side B-side Gallery was filled with the work of 11 artists making work in response to the Housing Crisis.  Lots of people popped in for a chat and to share their stories relating to what is happening.  

London Live came to talk to us at the opening, the exhibition was also reviewed by the talented Louis Staples for Dazed, and featured in the East End Review who described it as 'a mini-Dismaland' !!?

Thanks so much to all the artists who participated:

Alison Berry, Rebecca Byrne, Mikey Georgeson, Mars Gomes, Kin, Lee Maelzer, Reena Makwana, S.P.A.R (Society for the preservation of admirable rubble featuring Brian Guest courtesy of Calum F Kerr), Tom Rizzuto, Julia Russell


We also held a film night at the gallery and featured: 

If you didn't make it to the show, here are some pictures:

'Help Duvet' by Mars Gomes

'Portals' by Rebecca Byrne

'Yellow Curtain' by Lee Maelzer

'Old Sink' by Julia Russell

'The Lost Estate' by Mikey Georgeson

The S.P.A.R set up... Brian Guest made appearances on a couple of occasions throughout the run of the show.  Visitors to the show made drawings of rubble which you can see displayed here.

'Dead Pigeons and Chandeliers' and 'Terminal Decline' by Kin

'NowHere' by Reena Makwana

'The Tower' by Alison Berry

'Shame on You' by Mars Gomes

'Pricey' and 'We Want Loads of Dosh' 
Two of the signs from my REAL Estate Agent Signs series

'We Want Loads of Dosh' (detail)

Brian Guest of S.P.A.R chats to people about rubble on the opening night

'Priced Out' (by me!)

Being interviewed by London Live

'Help Duvet' (detail) by Mars Gomes

Thanks again to everyone, 'The Poor Door' exhibition is something I had wanted to do for a long time.  Via an open call, it was great to find so many brilliant artists making work and responding in different ways to the housing crisis and rising rents in London.

I would LOVE to continue with this idea and involve more artists in another bigger more ambitious exhibition on this subject in the future.  We shall see!

The exhibition was part of Art Licks Weekend, 'a festival that showcases the work of pioneering young artists, curators, galleries and project spaces in London'.  The show was shortlisted for the Artquest Work Week Prize.

The exhibition also raised money for the charity Shelter

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Poor Door Exhibition

This Thursday 1 October, The Poor Door exhibition opens at A-side B-side Gallery, it's a group show featuring the work of 11 artists, curated from an open call out.

A collective exhibition tackling London’s housing crisis

'Yellow Curtain' by Lee Maelzer

Alison Berry, Rebecca Byrne, Tinsel Edwards, Mikey Georgeson, Mars Gomes, 
Kin, Lee Maelzer, Reena Makwana, S.P.A.R Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (with Brian Guest courtesy of Calum F Kerr), Tom Rizzuto, Julia Russell.

“This Ghetto crowding is not through inclination, but compulsion.”
Jack London The People of the Abyss

It’s 2015 and we are in the midst of a major housing crisis in the capital.  In 1903, Jack London wrote ‘The People of the Abyss’, a book describing the cramped living conditions and experiences of the poor in the East End of London.  Reading the book in 2015, some of it seems strangely familiar.

The extreme poverty experienced by many people in Victorian London is another world and another time, but the soaring rents and escalating house prices that London’s residents are experiencing today are similarly disempowering.

The Poor Door exhibition is an arena for debate and discussion surrounding the housing crisis, an opportunity to challenge the status quo and to campaign for change through visual language including painting, photography, sculpture and performance. The title is inspired by the furore over the development at One Commercial Street in Aldgate, which was built with two separate entrances.  Luxury marble floors, chandeliers and concierge for the wealthy city workers, and a side-alley door for the ‘affordable’ housing tenants.  The Poor Door is a growing trend in new housing developments in London, but this divisive phenomena seems reminiscent of the Victorian era.

“In a civilization frankly materialistic and based upon property, not soul, it is inevitable that property shall be exalted over soul”
Jack London The People of the Abyss

'Help Duvet 1' by Mars Gomes

A-side B-side Gallery
Amhurst Terrace
E8 2BT

Opening night: 1.10.15 6-9pm
Show dates: 1.10.15 - 11.10.15
Gallery opening hours: 12-6pm Weds-Sun
Art Licks Weekend: 2-4 October

#ThePoorDoor exhibition is part of Art Licks Weekend, sponsored by Arts Council England.
The show has been shortlisted for the Artquest Workweek prize.
The exhibition will raise funds for the Housing and Homelessness charity: Shelter

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Some of my artwork is currently on show at Banksy's Dismaland Bemusement Park in Weston-Super-Mare.  Dismaland exists until September 27th.

My REAL Estate Agent signs are in the activist tent. I've just done an interview for online magazine Le Cool, you can read that here

Photos by Lady Ray

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Tinsel & Twinkle at the Art Car Boot Fair Margate

Feeling fed up with the election result earlier this year, Twinkle and I decided to create our own surreal brand of British politics. We became the Clowns of Jestminster for the Art Car Boot Fair on Brick Lane, London in June.

We set up a stall hosting an array of typical village fete games which we felt were more appropriate given the current political climate.  Hook a Duck became 'Hook a Politician', there was knock down the PolitiCANS, and 'Feed Farage Foreign Food'.

Win a prize every time!

There's also a tombola with loads of prizes, paintings and prints by Tinsel & Twinkle, and grab yourself a bargain artwork from the bargain bucket too.

We will be Clowns of Jestminster again on Sunday August 30th at the Art Car Boot Fair Margate, please pop by to our stall!

Watch the preview for the Art Car Boot Margate bank holiday edition here

The Art Car Boot Fair
Tuner Contemporary Carpark