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.

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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.

Barnstaple and the Taw

Barnstaple poster

This view of Barnstaple is slightly idealised as the Quay has changed somewhat over the years. This depicts it in a leafier, greener age before town planners decided to sanitise and formalise it. The main building of Bridge Chambers, the Museum of Barnstaple and Trinity Church tower remain relatively unscathed even today.
The bridge was restored (in the late 1950s I believe) and my wife’s late uncle, Frank Hobbs, was the main stonemason.

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 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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The Orchard under the Moor

The Orchard poster

This is an imaginary view based on an orchard I passed every time I returned to Exmoor. As I turned off the main road I would pass this large apple orchard. To me this was start point of returning to Exmoor as the road from there rose quickly onto the high moors and brought me to that mixture of forestry plantation, small cottages and open heathland that defined Exmoor in those days.

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 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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Côte d’Azur

Poster of the Cote d'Azur

Fashion illustration, travel posters and the Art Deco movement are all influences in this poster for the Côte d’Azur. I feel it would be wonderful if travel destinations were still advertised with such simple design, but of course the purpose of travel and number pf people travelling has changed. Travellers used to be ‘seen’ in stylish locations, now we have selfies.

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 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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Pets and their owners

picture of a cat

I have had a number of pets during my life but never really been sure why I wanted to share my house or garden with what is basically a wild animal.

I’ve never been convinced that anyone ‘owns’ a pet and I’ve never seen a caged bird that looks happy. Some pets, I’m sure, don’t even realise they have a keeper and some can’t wait to escape.

So I wondered what might be beneath the desire to keep these living creatures in our lives – but, as often, not too seriously.

Budgerigars – possibly kept by those who secretly want to be prison wardens.

Hamsters – for people who want to teach children about death.

Bees – ironically, are they often kept by people who dislike crowds?

Chickens – flashy creatures who all taste the same under the feathers.

Cats – ideal for those who want to house a god they can cuddle.

Dogs – ideal for anyone who wants to be seen as a god.

Fish – the perfect pet for anyone who lack empathy.

Tortoises – a great pet if you can’t sustain interest all year round.

Horses – for people who can afford the pet equivalent of an all terrain vehicle.

Rabbits – kept by people who enjoy enforced celibacy.

Snakes – an ideal pet for those who struggle to form friendships.

Reptiles – suitable for anyone who likes birds but hates feathers.