Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The Ancient Mother


This female figure is based on the anthropomorthic ideal of water, earth and motherhood. Commisioned for a beliver in the culture of Goddesses this sculpture is a bronze cast figure. To tie in with the nature of ancient traditions it was cast using a Lost Wax or Roman Block method, which is one of the oldest ways of casting bronze. Another level of this sculpture was to link in the theme of water wich was the theme of the Goddess Conference which I attended in the summer of 2011, with the client and was the base insperation for this piece. I decided to make this link by using the natural contours and high points in the figure by leaving them exposed and untreated, as well as sanding them to create a rougth surface area. This surface will naturally oxidise creating a blue/green colour in a pattern that will resemble streams and rivers flowing over the figure.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Lost Love


Lost Love, another tattoo based sculpture, was created in collabaration with an artist Dawny Tootes who visited a university near my resedence with her portable furnace. The piece is solid cast Aluminium and is done in an experimental casting method by creating an impression directly into loose green sand and pouring the liquid Aluminium directly into it. The work was poured in the back of a small lorry were the furnace is also set up and was a very fun experiance.

The Aluminium Piece was then patternated with Acrylic, Spray Paint and Marker Pen

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Nothing So Lonely


There is nothing that projects a feeling of loneliness more than public spaces, normally so full of activity, noise and the hearts of social life, sitting dormant and empty at night. The piece above was shot, through the window of an empty cafe early in the morning in the small town where I live.

Shine A Light To Guide Me Home


After not having picked up a camera in two years I decided to return to Photography but focusing on Black and White images wich have always been a favorite of mine.

The piece above is a modern twist on the old wives tradition of leaving a lantern lit in a window or hanging outside to guide sailors back home and is titled after a line from a song.

Monday, 4 July 2011

An Old Timer Sings

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This illistration is based on a story by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London called 'Moon When Wolves Run Together'.

Long ago, an old wolf came to that time when his life on earth could last no longer. "My people," he said, "You can follow in my footsteps when the time comes for you to join me in the skyland." Then he left the earth, climbing higher and higher, and each place he stepped the sky filled with stars.
Shunk man-i-tu tan-ka we call the wolves, the powerful spirits who look like dogs. When they climb the hills to lift their heads and sing toward that road of stars, tier songs grow stronger as they join tier voices.

The piece is done in Inks and Watercoulour on Watercolour Paper.

Monday, 23 May 2011

A Sailors Grave

This is my second tattoo based sculpture resently completed. 'A Sailors Grave' is made from a rusted steel lanrten with a resin caste cylinder inside containing a shark and an old divers helmet. in tradtional tattooing it was common for sailors to have sharks tattooed on them to ward off getting eaten by them if the fell into the sea.

Art Is Life

This piece was created for the British Art Medal Society Compition in 2010.

 This medal was made to show how art still has an effect in life. Before the 19th century, artists had a big effect on society, but now artists are not as recognised with most people thinking that modern art is a waste of time. but one place were art is still having an impact is tattooing. Western and Asian cultures are being joined by this form of Art. once two seperate forms and styles are now being brought together. To depict this, I have taken two iconic images from both of these cultures.

The 'Eagle' to show the Western culture and a 'Dragon' to show the Eastern culture, with cherry blossoms linking both sides. Tattoo's make people into walking gallaries, show casing artists and different art from around the world, often showing several types of art aswell. They also show memories and events personal to the individual, this message is put across by the quote from one of the worlds most influencial tattoo artists Ed Hardy who is an American tattooist that also studied in Asia.

'Tattoo's are the art of the moment'

Saturday, 30 April 2011

BeetleBot

This work was created as part of a group exhibition in the Oriel Henry Thomas Gallary. The idea was to bring two old objects, swap one with another artist and create a sculptural response to the objects you obtained. The two final objects I had were a mobile phone and a small carriage clock.

My response to these two mechanical objects was to try and juxtapose the technological aspect of the items by creating something organic in nature. After deconstructing the objects I found that the combination of pieces laid out before me lent themselves to an insectoid type creature.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Shades of Death

The work is a response to the diffrent emotions people experience during the death of someone close to them. Done in a monochromatic style from black to white revealing the image of a skull, this also shows the passage from grief to acceptance after the passing of a person.

This piece is done in Acrylic on Canvas

Monday, 25 April 2011

Victory Over Mortality


This work represents my first tattoo based sculpture, in tattoo culture the skull is a symbol of mortality and death as this was my first major work in cast metals it represents my accomplishments. This piece was a make it or break it scenario. To represent this it is a solid cast which is unusual in a piece this size as it is technically challanging to produce, the overall wieght is quite substantial and helps to emphasis the gravitas of the accomplishment.

The piece is made from cast iron and wieghs around 4 stone and is polished to a rough shine with the scorch marks left in the resess to emphasis the details.

The Death of High Society

This piece was painted as a response to the fact that High Art and High Society is dying out and that more artist will make money in todays economical climate by doing more commercial and easily accessible art, such as graphic design or web design than by doing high art such as sculpture and painting.

The work is done in acrylic paint on a wooden pallete. The cheapness and industrial aspect of the materials really help to convay the message alongside the painted image of the skull and classicly dressed lady.

El Día Del Hierro De Los Muertos

This work was poured close to the date of the Day of the Dead festival in mexico.Like the festival  the piece commerates all the people I have lost and left behind to get to where I am today.

The work is an iron cast plate with an embossed sugar skull design, paternated with rust to make the detail more prominant and also to show that like people this work might not last .