Wild Swimming

picture of girl swimming with fish

This poster was inspired by the Art Deco movement. One of my passions as a young man was to swim wherever I could (this is not a self portrait). Rivers, lakes, outdoor lidos, even a river pool in the Kakadu National Park in Australia. There is a rock pool at the top of Victoria Falls in Africa, but it was closed due to the river being in flood when I was there. I saw it, but not sure I would have ventured in, even without the warning sign.

This poster is available to purchase in three sizes from my Etsy store. All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

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Ever on the Outside

depressed girl

Ever on the outside, always looking in.
often wishing I could wear someone else’s skin.

Ever on the outside, checking every word,
cautious anything I say, might easily be misheard.

Ever on the outside, painting out my frown,
an imposter who will act again, as the circus clown.

Ever on the outside, so nobody will see,
the fears, the insecurities, hidden deep in me.

Generation Z

poster image of girl's face

This is a digital manipulation of an original photograph which I took a couple of years ago. The image was created with several layers of the face with textures superimposed at each stage.

The image represents Generation Z, the next cohort to take over the world and discover how hard it is to live as a consumer without damaging the planet. Good luck all of you.

This poster is available to purchase in three sizes. All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

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Date Night at the Odeon Harrogate

Odeon Cinema Harrogate

This poster is the second cinema I’ve depicted, Although I never went to the Harrogate Odeon it is typically of so many cinemas I did frequent in the 1960s and 1970s. Sadly perhaps, many were lost to developments, bingo and suffered general decline.

For me the cinema in those days represented both the excitement of seeing a new film and, of course, the enjoyment of a date. In reality they were smoke filled, many were slightly grubby, the queues for ice cream at the interval were everlasting (and if you were at the end they had probably run out of what you wanted.

On the plus side, we a support film (a B Movie), newsreels and often a cartoon thrown into the package. This poster is available to purchase in three sizes. All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

Odeon Cinema Harrogate
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Marilyn’s Smile

Marilyn Monroe

Over fifty years ago I made this sketch, almost certainly from a photographic reference which has long disappeared from sight. The drawing has somehow survived all those years and I’ve now made a high resolution scan, cleaned it up a little (leaving some evidence of its journey) and turned it into a poster.

She died in 1962, but was such an icon that even six or seven years later her image was still capturing the imagination of an art student. Maybe Andy Warhol had something to do with that.

This poster is available to purchase in three sizes. All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

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Over the Hills and Far Away

Montage of landscape or seascape

An experimental montage with multiple layers of torn digitalised coloured paper.

I worked with actual paper on items like this in the 1980s, but a lot of the paper I used or dyed specially proved not to be colour fast. Although the changes in tone and colour were interesting, they gradually lost the original balance. Using modern technology I can tear and colour textured paper and be confident in it remaining stable.

This poster is available to purchase in three sizes. All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

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Sophia

portrait of young girl

Over 50 years ago I was at art college and was considering specialising in portraiture. I also studied visual interpretation and the psychology of perception (essentially, what we think we see as opposed to what we actually see or, sometimes, what we want to see).

I started producing images which, to some extent, replicated the function of the human eye – those receptors that see colour. At that time it meant painstakingly drawing and painting small circles with gouache (a form of watercolour). Now I can, with a bit of patience, produce something like this, with over 10,000 individually coloured circles. This is not the result of a clever app, the colour for each circle has been selected individually and then adjusted once the overall effect has been achieved.

Your eye and mind combine to easily see it’s a girl, with henna hair, blue-grey eyes, a fringe and you may even detect freckles. In reality there is a tiny amount of information and your brain adds the details by interpretation based on experience. If you enlarge the picture you will see how little detail is actually shown.

Music in the City

Music in the City

Over 200 actual ticket stubs to concerts have been used to create this fantasy music city waterfront. All the great bands of the last 70 years are represented here. Although you may argue that your favourite band is missing – especially if it’s very recent.

Produced as a museum-quality poster made on long-lasting semi-glossy (silk) paper – paper-weight: 170 gsm/65 lb

This poster is available to purchase in two sizes (any smaller and you might not be able to read the names on the tickets). All prints are made to order and produced on a silk matt 170gsm paper. A visual guide to these is shown below:

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Abba, ACDC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, The Animals, Ariane Grande, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beautiful South, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Blur, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Bon Jovi, Boomtown Rats, Bruce Springsteen, Buddy Holly, Captain Beefheart, Carol King, The Carpenters, The Cars, Cher, The Clash, Cream, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Daryl Hall and John Oates, David Bowie, Deep Purple, Depeche Mode, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Dire Straits, The Doobie Brothers, The Doors, Duran Duran, The Eagles, The Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Elvis, Elvis Costello, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Eric Clapton, Europe, Eurythmics, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, The Four Tops, Frank Zappa, Genesis, Glen Cambell, The Gypsy Kings, Happy Mondays, The Jam, Chris Montez, Iggy Pop, Incredible String Band, Iron Maiden, James Brown, James Taylor, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Starship, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, Jo Cocker, John Cale, John Cougar (Mellencamp), John Mayall, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchel, Jose Feliciano, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, KD Lang, Kings of Leon, The Kinks, Kiss, Kylie Minogue, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, The Levellers, Lou Reed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Madonna, Manic Street Preachers, The Monkeys, Moody Blues, Morrisey, Mott the Hoople, Neil Young, Nirvana, Oasis, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Paul Simon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, The Police, The Pretenders, Prince, Queen, Radiohead, The Ramones, Rickie Havens, Rick Wakeman, Rickie Lee Jones, Robert Palmer, The Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Santana, Seal, The Sex Pistols, Sheryl Crow, Simon and Garfunkel, Sly and the Family Stone, The Spice Girls, Status Quo, Steppenwolf, The Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, Sting, The Stone Roses, The Stranglers, Style Council, Supertramp, The Supremes, Suede, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Ten Years After, Tina Turner, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, U2, Van Morrison, Wishbone Ash, The Who , Yes.