Friday, 14 September 2012

The Lost Boys - Corey Haim

Here are some photos of the work-in-progress leading up to finish of the first painting from my new series: "The Lost Boys"; of Corey Haim in said movie.

My boyfriend's nephew Wynton will give you an idea of their size, 1.7m x 1.7m each (approximately 3 cms taller than me!)

The series will explore the turbulent nature of child celebrity. The seven subjects were a generation of boys all born in the 1970s or early 80s, and all began acting in childhood. I grew up watching them in Hollywood movies like “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead”, “Stand By Me”, “License To Drive,” “The Neverending Story II”, “Rocky V”, “Sleepers” and “10 Things I Hate About You”. All died due to substance abuse or suicide in their 20s and 30s.

Just a few more sequins left to embroider....

Finished painting: "Corey Haim (1971-2010) as Sam Emerson".

The series will be shown as part of The "Homage to Hollywood" Group Exhibition at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Mermaid Beach,  opening 1st December 2012.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

More John Galliano

I'm sure that I am not alone in hoping that recent meetings with Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour will lead to John Galliano's triumphant return to brilliance. Until then, I will keep creating illustrations inspired by his magnificent design career.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Free Pussy Riot!

Mexican wrestling mask-wearing, Russian all-girl punk rock band Pussy Riot staged a concert in a Moscow orthodox church earlier this year, prior to the Russian election. The band sang a song asking Mary to free Russia from the hands of Putin. Since then 3 of their members have been arrested and held in prison, where they face a jail term of up to 7 years. Amnesty International has said that it considers the three women to be prisoners of conscience "detained solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs."

Reading of their plight made me think of how many times I might have been arrested should I have been a Russian artist, and how lucky I am to have grown up with freedom of speech. I created these 4 badges to wear on my various Russian hats, in support of the band and to reinforce that my wearing of military clothing in no way constitutes support of corrupt governments, nationalism or warmongering.

Metro Award 2012

Photos from The Metro Award 2012 announcement and exhibition opening night, 18th July 2012. Thanks to photographer Amy Lobb.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Metro Award Nomination!

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as 1 of 25 finalists in The Metro Award 2012:
Here is my selected piece:

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Friday, 1 June 2012

Biennale Des Createurs D'image, Paris

Tonight in Paris! My quilt and cushions are part of the exhibition "images&maison" at Cité de la Mode et du Design, 34, quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris. The private view is tonight, Friday 1st June, but the exhibition runs 31st May to 30th June 2012 - do pop in if you are in town! Thanks to my wonderful agent Marie Bastille for organising!

Soho Flea Market

Huge thanks go out to the brilliant Kristian Lavercombe, who hosted a delightful market stall on my behalf at Soho Flea Market last Sunday 27th May on Dean St in London.

Amanda Palmer's new record

Please click on the above to see the awesome Amanda Palmer project I have just been involved in. I was asked to create artwork for a song from Amanda's upcoming record, along with a whole host of other incredible artists including Neil Gaiman, Molly Crabapple and Shepard Fairey.
My superbly-talented filmmaker friend Maja came over to my cabin onboard The MTB 219 (the delightful Motor Torpedo Boat on The Thames, which was my London home during my recent Somerset House exhibition), and filmed the making of Amanda's artwork (photos below, video coming soon).
In approximately 1 hour from now the project will be funded, raising over 11 times the amount requested. The money will be used towards production, promotion and release costs for the record, sans corporate record company backing. Oh the power of social networking! As Amanda says: "We Are The Media!"

Tshirts on!

My limited edition 6-colour hand screened tshirts are now exclusively available from Lostateminor with FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! But Hurry, there aren't many left and sizes/colours are limited!

1st Mate

Here is a special giant portrait commission "1st Mate", featuring the wonderful Keith and his delightful miniature dacshund, Ada.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Pick Me Up Portraits!

Here are all (but a few secret ones!) of the Live Portraits from Pick Me Up @ Somerset House. A huge thank you to all who took part. Watch this space to find out more about the upcoming tea towel print containing them all....