30 Aug 2011

Bear Necessities Month

The World Society for the Protection of Animals have designated this month as 'Bear Necessities Month'. They are campaigning to protect bears from cruelty and captivity. Click here to find out more about their great work.

27 Aug 2011

Property: Elizabeth McCracken

Elizabeth McCracken talks about her work and her short story, 'Property' that I illustrated for Granta. This image was unused - one of a number I made in response to the narrative. Click here to hear a podcast (no.18) of Elizabeth talking about her process.

12 Aug 2011

Alfred Hitchcock 'The Birds'

A birthday picture for the great Alfred Hitchcock and my dad who was a massive fan. This image is part of a series I did titled 'Show me where to go, if you know which way to go'  There are more images from the series here for those interested.

6 Aug 2011

PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy

A really haunting video for PJ Harvey's beautiful song 'Let England Shake'. A lot of the imagery is of an abandoned(?) fairground, cut with shots of Punch & Judy. Apparently it was filmed at a Fairground on Canvey Island - must visit! Here's a link to Seamus Murphy talking about the process of making the filmThe work reminds me a bit of An Entertainment - a video piece by Susan Hiller that I saw recently in her retrospective at the Tate. 

4 Aug 2011

Neil Armstrong Apollo 11

Seems like an appropriate image to say Happy Birthday to astronaut, Neil Armstrong -  the first person to set foot on the Moon, which he did on July 20, 1969. He famously said,  "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong later said that he had accidentally dropped the 'a' from his remark, rendering the phrase a contradiction (as 'man' in such use is synonymous with mankind if you know what I mean!) I did this illustration for an article in New Scientist a while back.

Surrealists: Masks & Disguises

A pretty great window display in Paignton. Beats the original surrealists with their 'Arcades' images!

3 Aug 2011

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Here's an image I did for the New York Times. It was a book review by Jean Thompson for 'The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg'. Strange characters in strange stories. Here's a snippet of the writing in a story titled 'The Girl Who Left Her Sock on the Floor': "Francie snatched open a drawer and out flew the fact of her mother's slippery, pinkish heap of underwear." Click here to see other editorial work.