In awe of flesh & bone

Monday 13 January, 2014

Some time ago, my partner Colin asked me why I hadn’t yet written a post about Francis Bacon. Not only is he my favourite painter, but I know quite a lot about him thanks to spending a year and half of my Masters degree studying his life and work, and devoting my MA project to him….

Beauty & terror

Monday 06 January, 2014

A few days ago I watched a film which affected me in a way only a handful of films did (recent ones include Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, Lukas Moodysson’s Lilja 4-ever or Jan Komasa’s Suicide Room). From Inside is an animated movie created by John Bergin (credited as writer, producer, director, and animator), based on his…

The Art of Tidying Up

Tuesday 31 December, 2013

As the New Year approaches, like many people, I have an urge to go through old boxes of non-descript “stuff” and transfer their contents to rubbish/ recycling bags; tick off all the remaining tasks on my to-do list, sort out whatever there is to be sorted, and make plans for the next year. End-of-year clearing…

Feline fetishists

Tuesday 17 December, 2013

So first, your memory I’ll jog, And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG. — T. S. Eliot As I’m currently preparing a new series of cat drawings for the Kittytees, and had the pleasure of meeting Alice, my good friends’ cat last Saturday, I thought that I could dedicate this post to cats. Cats and…

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…