• Sun Smugglers/I Just Can’t Hide It

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 210cm x 130cm  

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  • This Wasn’t How it was Supposed to be

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 180cm x 150cm  

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  • Your Final History

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 100cm x 70cm  

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  • You give it all but I want more

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 100cm x 70cm  

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  • All you’ve got is this moment

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 130cm  

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  • Living like it’s far away

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 200cm x 110cm  

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  • Now the air is clear my dear

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 130cm  

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  • It’s Waiting There for you

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 80cm x 90cm  

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  • Trying Hard to Recreate What Had Yet to be Created

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 200cm x 110cm

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  • You Got That Hold Over Me

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 200cm x 110cm  

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  • Well of the Lecht

    2017, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Castles, Sun

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 130cm  

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  • The Raven

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 180cm x 120cm I like to show the potential for a journey. Although I like the idea...

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  • Merlin

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 110cm As the rumours go the man that owned this house went for a few...

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  • Three Sisters

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 140cm x 100cm An interior sun room inspired by “The Searchers” , cowboys into the sunset bit....

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  • The Black Horse

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 180cm x 130cm In the saturated and foggy woods a journey may have been planned.

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  • Zeppelin Express

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Music

    Oil on Linen 200cm x 100cm Led Zeppelin once played for a week at Earls Court Arena in a show...

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  • Modern Life is Rubbish

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Music

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 90cm According to my sources (google) Blur played their first London gig in The Camden...

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  • Give Em Enough Rope

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 110cm x 71cm Joe Strummer aspired to play at The Hammersmith Palais following an experience that inspired...

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  • Who’s Next

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Music

    Oil on Linen 130cm x 80cm From the Who’s Album “Who’s Next” I have used the Monolith (minus urine) to...

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  • Nevermind

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Music

    Oil on Linen 130cm x 80cm In 1989 Nirvana backed up Mudhoney at the Astoria and although the critics didn’t...

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  • Joshua Tree

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm To accompany the show “We were the Coca Cola” I painted 6 of London’s bandstands creating...

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  • Wish you were Here

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm Pink Floyd did play at Parliament Hill but probably not in the bandstand, although I imagine they...

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  • Ziggy

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm At Battersea Park stands my pretend sculpture “Ziggy” based on something really brilliant. Here it is....

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  • Goodbye Cruel World

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm In Southwark park bandstand I have inserted part of the album cover from Elvis Costello and...

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  • Beautiful Day

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm Within Hyde park bandstand I have imagined a sculpture laying tribute to the brilliant album cover...

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  • Parachutes

    2016, Artwork, Music

    Oil on Linen 30x30cm I was reading the plaque beside the bandstand at Lincoln’s Inn Fields which said it was...

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  • Rose & Thorns

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 250cm x 170cm   Set near the Drumochter summit in the Highlands of Scotland. I’ve tried to...

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  • The White Horse

    2016, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 180cm x 150cm   Continuing on from the previous large scale caravan “Ra!” I wanted to position the...

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  • Sun Station

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Sun

    Oil on Linen 80cm x 80cm Included in the W. Gordon Smith Award In December 2014 I discovered the abandoned Bangour...

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  • Sun Van 1

    2015, Sun

    Oil on Linen 66cm x 45cm In late 2015 I started work on two smaller caravan paintings with the idea...

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  • SunVan 2

    2015, Sun

    Oil on Linen 66cm x 45cm In late 2015 I started work on two smaller caravan paintings with the idea...

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  • Ra!

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Big Paintings, Sun

    Oil on Linen 250cm x 170cm Included in The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016 Just before Christmas 2014 I...

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  • A Mutual Attraction

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 70cm x 90cm I have painted and curated a sculpture by Sir Antony Gormley with an elegant woman...

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  • Summer House 2

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Sun

    Oil on Linen 46cm x 35cm   The next summer house was an out building from the ghost hunters paradise that...

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  • Summer House 1

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Sun

    Oil on Linen 36cm x 25cm A new idea or more an extension of previous happenings. On a recent trip to...

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  • Elie Lighthouse

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 130cm This is a commissioned work to pay tribute to John Bellany. Here he sits quite comfortably...

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  • Whistler Caravan

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 40cm x 40cm I tried to make this a mirror of the Whislter Nocturne, housed inside. As if the...

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  • Monet Gatehouse

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 40cm x 40cm   Found this rather fetching gatehouse in a walk around my old hunting ground of...

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  • Matisse van

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Artwork, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 50cm x 30cm   Matisse in a caravan that I though he might have liked.

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  • Stolen Thunder

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 43cm x 28cm Cornelia Parker was looking around the RA Summer Show a few years ago and came...

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  • All by my own Hand, part 2 (Damien Hirst)

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 200cm x 100cm David Hockney held a show at the Royal Academy in 2012 called “A Bigger picture” posters...

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  • All by my own hand, part 1 (David Hockney)

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 150cm x 130cm David Hockney held a show at the Royal Academy in 2012 called “A Bigger...

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  • Giacometti van

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 48cm x 33cm Following on from the spiel about the Balloon painting this is another of the accompaniment...

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  • Balloon

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 41cm x 30cm For my solo show with the James Freeman gallery I needed to get together 10...

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  • Emin’s Fantasy Love Castle

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Linen 80cm x 80cm I found a lovely little gate house in Perthshire on the crest of a small...

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  • You were shit in the 80’s, part 2: Francis Bacon

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 150cm x 130cm If I haven’t explained it before now, forgive me. I’m working on a group of...

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  • You were Shit in the 80’s, part 1 (Lucien Freud)

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 200cm x 100cm If I haven’t explained it before now, forgive me. I’m working on a group...

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  • Three studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 48cm x 33cm In Bacons famous painting “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion” his...

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  • Obey

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 41cm x 31cm Obey by Shepherd Fairey in Battersea Labour club.

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  • Whistler’s Mum

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Linen 41cm x 31cm Zodiac records is located at a bit in wandsworth where the lights always seem to...

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  • Who invented the hole, part 2: Barbara Hepworth

    2015, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 200cm x 100cm There was an apparent argument between Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth over who invented...

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  • The Garden of Earthly Delights

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 150cm x 130cm   Painted to be part of the Here Today.. show, starting at London’s Old...

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  • 2 Nudes

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 100cm x 60cm Commissioned to paint a nude to fit a space I offered an alternative solution...

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  • Autumn Rhythm

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Winner of the Towry Award for Best in Show at the National Open Art Competition, presented on 24 September 2014...

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  • A Summer Retreat

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Winner of the Towry Award for Best in Show at the National Open Art Competition, presented on 24 September 2014...

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  • Who invented the hole, part 1: Henry Moore

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Big Paintings, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 150cm x 130cm There was an apparent argument between Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth over who invented...

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  • Rain, Steam and Speed

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 36cm x 46cm The British summertime group of four caravans (from 5-8). Idyllically set for some peace...

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  • The Fighting Tmeraire

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 36cm x 46cm The British summertime group of four caravans (from 5-8). This one is set precariously...

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  • Shelter from a Stormy Blast

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 160cm x 160cm My most ambitious dollhouse painting so far comes from a lucky conversation with a...

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  • Stag, Hare & Hounds

    2014, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 18″ x 14″ Decided to take a break from whimsical and went for something a little less...

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  • A Pub called Courage

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 18″ x 14″ This is the first of what has the potential to be many Abandoned Pubs....

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  • Sorting Station

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Featuring in the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 Oil on Canvas 36″ x 20″ The centre piece of the series,...

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  • Boudoir

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Featured in the 2014 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Oil on Canvas 8″ x 8″ The most detailed painting of the caravans...

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  • Eat

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 8″ x 8″ I have enjoyed using bottle corks to give scale to some of my interiors....

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  • Love

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 8″ x 8″ Lovingly carpeted with shag pile and a beautiful globe snowing over Jeff Koon’s pink...

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  • Home

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 8″ x 8″ At this point my idea is stemming to almost anything that has been neglected....

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  • Madonna of the Meadow

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 22″ x 22″ The original concept for the idea, although I painted 4 small paintings before it....

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  • The Kiss

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 14″ x 8″ Every time I start out on projects I implement rules which increasingly restrict your...

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  • The Tower of Babel

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses, Masterpieces

    Oil on Canvas 14″ x 8″ I went on a school trip to The National Gallery of Scotland where we...

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  • Loch Pityoulish 4 Trees

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 14″ x 8″ I enjoyed the idea of painting a mini painting on the wall. Here, I...

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  • Abandoned dollhouse 1

    2013, Abandoned Dollhouses

    Oil on Canvas 14″ x 8″ Not the first idea – which is the winter barn, number 5 – but...

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  • Nothing Compares to You

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 160cm x 80cm (framed 165cm x 85cm) Voldemort’s rendition of “Nothing Compares to You” elicits various reactions...

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  • Beats by Dr Dre

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 20cm x 20cm (framed 23.5cm x 23.5cm) Having stumbled across Eugène Atget my head was sparking with...

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  • Don’t sweat the technique

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 20cm x 20cm (framed 23.5cm x 23.5cm) Hip hop artists Eric B & Rakim wrote a song...

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  • iPads & iPhones

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 20cm x 20cm (framed 23.5cm x 23.5cm) Once again the image I used to inspire my contemporised...

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  • Moneybags

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 20cm x 20cm (framed 23.5cm x 23.5cm) Again, I based the painting on an image from the...

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  • Louis Vuitton Lady

    2013, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 20cm x 20cm (framed 23.5cm x 23.5cm) On the way to work I passed a big man...

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  • A Modern History of English Football

    2012, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 152cm x 152cm Based on “The Calling of St Matthew” by Caravaggio. My idea was about a...

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  • Who’s Judas: The Final 12

    2012, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 184cm x 122cm Taking heavy inspiration from Philippe de Champaigne’s version of the last supper, though I...

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  • Who’s Judas: The Final 12

    2012, Sketches & workings

    The feeler sketches for The Last Supper painting. Before I undertook each portrait I would draw up some quick feeler...

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  • Silly Boys

    2012, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 168cm x 127cm Painting twelve in the Source of Light series, on vacation again. The boys have...

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  • Silly Boys

    2012, Sketches & workings

    The character sketches from painting twelve in the Source of Light series, on vacation again. The boys have weathered storms...

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  • The Singing Nutter 1 and 2

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 162cm x 130cm & 168cm x 127cm Painting ten and eleven in the Source of Light series,...

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  • The Singing Nutter

    2011, Sketches & workings

    The sketches that led to paintings ten and eleven of “The Source of Light” series, ‘On Vacation’. Here I attempted...

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  • Italia ’90

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 153cm x 92cm Painting nine in the Source of Light series. I have always admired Gustave Caillebotte, and...

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  • Italia ’90

    2011, Sketches & workings

    I have always admired Gustave Caillebotte, and his Le pont de l’Europe painting just seemed like the perfect archietecture to bring my...

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  • Romeo’s Return

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 153cm x 92cm Painting eight in the Source of Light series. “Romeo’s Return” is the continuation of...

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  • A Convenient Streetlamp

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 153cm x 92cm Painting seven in the Source of Light series. Now outside! This is a clear...

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  • A Convenient Streetlamp

    2011, Sketches & workings

    I used few sketches for this painting, and though I did create a google sketchup environment it is merely to...

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  • Learn How to Fall

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 153cm x 92cm Painting six in the Source of Light series. Here, I take a turn to...

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  • 3D Casino

    2011, Sketchup animations

    Google Sketchup: SketchUp is a fun 3D modeling program I use to create convincing environments. Normally I will design a...

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  • Learn how to Fall

    2011, Sketches & workings

    As my google sketchup skills increased my environments were becoming a tad zany, partially as I was looking for more...

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  • Game Day

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 146cm x 97cm The fifth painting in the source of light series. As I was having more...

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  • 3D Stadium

    2011, Sketchup animations

    Google Sketchup: SketchUp is a fun 3D modeling program I use to create convincing environments. Normally I will design a...

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  • Game Day

    2011, Sketches & workings

    Here is one of the sketches and oil studies that led to the fifth painting in the source of light...

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  • Whose round is it?

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Canvas 150cm x 90cm The fourth painting in the “Source of light” series. My idea here was to try...

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  • 3D Arena

    2011, Sketchup animations

    Google Sketchup: SketchUp is a fun 3D modeling program I use to create convincing environments. Normally I will design a...

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  • Whose round is it?

    2011, Sketches & workings

    The Sketches and workings that led to the fourth painting in the series (Whose round is it?). My idea here...

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  • Peppermint and the Pole

    2011, Paintings

    Oil on Linen 122cm x 76cm The third painting in the “Source of Light” series. This was always a clear...

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  • Strip club 3D

    2011, Sketchup animations

    SketchUp is a fun 3D modeling program I use to create convincing environments.

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  • Peppermint and the Pole

    2011, Sketches & workings

    The Sketches and workings that led to the third painting in the series (Peppermint and the Pole). This was always...

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  • Going Underground

    2010, Paintings

    Oil on Linen 122cm x 76cm The second “Source of Light” painting. I really tried to create a stifling noisy...

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  • Subway 3D

    2010, Sketchup animations

    SketchUp is a fun 3D modeling program I use to create convincing environments.

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  • Going Underground

    2010, Sketches & workings

    The idea behind this project was again idealistic with the need to create something utterly original – designing every component,...

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  • Binge Drink Sketches

    2008, Sketches & workings

    The Sketches and workings that led to the first painting in the series (Binge Drink) and the start of “The...

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  • Binge Drink

    2008, Paintings

    Oil on Linen 100cm x 70cm The first of “The Source of Light” paintings. Following four months of working out,...

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PROJECTS

The Source of Light: 2010 – Current

mackie, the source of light

Old Irish Jerry used to go and have his dinner in the pub every night after a day on the booze. He never seemed drunk, but jovial and pleasant, full of quirky stories. Following his meal he would have a little sleep at his table. Now, anyone who knows pub licensing laws – or just the rules of pub etiquette – knows you can’t sleep in pubs. So when asked as whether he wouldn’t mind waking up or going home, his reply came with still shut eyes, “I’m not sleeping; I’m just looking at the bright colours behind my eyelids.” I figured his answer warranted the luxurious state.

Inspired by intriguing characters like Old Irish Jerry my Source of Light paintings are a study of interesting characters. Combining Film Noir-style drama throughout, my paintings confront us with gritty depictions of men’s frailty, depicting character and feeling over true reflections of the characters’ appearance.

Abandoned Dollhouses: 2013 – Current

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Do you know the scene in Wicker Man, when Edward Woodward is beside his hotel bedroom door whilst Britt Eklund writhes about, sultry like, on the other side. Irresistable, almost, only separated by a few centimetres of door. You imagine how he’ll break the door down to get to her. Instead he goes to bed.

This is an exaggerated form of how I’ve been feeling over the last few years with colour, following a couple of years painting in monochrome. I still bought and collected colours, leaving them in a box, occasionally looking at them, thinking about how great they could look on the monochromatic Source of Light painting series. Resisting them.

So it’s brung an extra gusto, to break them out, on a project that was already rich in gusto, catapulting the productive process.