Departing from a safe zone

Tuesday 10 December, 2013

I am currently preparing for a joint exhibition with Oxford-based painter Andris Wood at the Gasoline Rooms gallery in March 2014. The body of work I am preparing moves me away from previous painting ventures into a more experimental territory where fine arts meets the graphic novel. This is exciting and terrifying at the same…

The love & hate of portraits in Vienna 1900

Tuesday 03 December, 2013

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of visiting the National Gallery to see the Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 exhibition. I was also very surprised to read devastating reviews of the exhibition on the Guardian and the Evening Standard websites and a slightly more favourable, yet still very critical, review on the Telegraph…

The art of storyboarding

Tuesday 19 November, 2013

When I was a Central Saint Martins student, my absolutely favourite part of any performance design project was creating a storyboard. I still vividly remember the very first project we had, where we had to create a visual concept for a theatrical piece in response to Johnny Cash’s song, The Man Comes Around. I remember…

What I like in animation

Tuesday 12 November, 2013

I have recently finished working on an animated trailer for my Milla in the Misty Woods book, which, though only 1.22min long, turned out to be a vast amount of work. And that’s despite the fact that I’ve been working with a digital form of animation which means I didn’t have to hand-draw 12 drawings…

Sex and pleasure in Japan and beyond

Monday 04 November, 2013

Yesterday I went to the Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art exhibition at the British Museum. Translated literally, the word shunga means spring pictures (apparently “spring” is a euphemism for sex) and refers to erotic colour prints, painted hand-scrolls and printed books made between 1600 and 1900 in Japan. Despite a few periods of…

Overheads Under Your Heel

Tuesday 29 October, 2013

I recently read that Rufus Norris has been confirmed as Sir Nicholas Hytner’s successor as director of the National Theatre. In an interview for the Guardian in October 2012 he said: I was 36 before I earned £10,000 in a year. People go, “Oh, you’ve got a lovely career, you must be rich,” but I…

Gor(e)y Stories

Monday 21 October, 2013

The past four months since my last post have been dedicated to finishing and printing the two books I started working on in the beginning of this year: Milla in the Misty Woods and Blue Boy, which is currently on sale in a limited first-run edition at the William Morris Gallery. They are both looking…

USP: Unnecessarily Strained Procedure?

Saturday 13 July, 2013

I recently participated in several events as part of the Artsmart festival, the aim of which was to help students and graduates from the University of the Arts London “make it happen in the creative industries”, as the website said. While many of the talks and workshops were very interesting, inspiring and certainly beneficial, afterwards…

Who is an artist?

Monday 24 June, 2013

In 2003, instead of pursuing a prominent career as a bi-linguist which many people thought I would become, I decided to do art, starting with the tools nearest to me: a brush and a pen. Now, exactly a decade later, when I have changed my career direction to accord with my passion and skills, and…