My new book, What Would Marx Do?, is now finished, and is due to be published by Octopus Books in March of next year. You can read more about it here. If you’re eager, you can preorder it on Amazon. As well as writing this book, I also illustrated some of it. Some of these pieces are for sale in the gallery, but – understandably – the publishers would like me to keep the other illustrations from public view. However, if you were interested in buying any of the originals, you can contact me so that I can arrange a private digital viewing.
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I’m currently working on illustrations for two books for Octopus Publishing: What Would Marx Do? (which I’m also writing), and What Would Keynes Do? (by Tejvan Pettinger). They’re both due out next year, but Octopus have allowed me to share some of the images –
My new Patreon page is now live. Each month or so, members of The Illustrated Book Club get to vote and suggest from a list of titles drawn from public domain fiction, non-fiction and short stories. We then discuss these (like a normal book club) while I provide illustrations. Members/supporters also get discounts on original art, commissions, prints and other rewards.
The first book is Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Visit my Patreon page to find out more. Go here to join/vote/suggest. We are shortly about to vote on the next book – the current voting suggestions are below.
(Votes will be added in brackets after each candidate as they appear)
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Casanova
The evening of Friday 7th August saw the preview night of my joint exhibition with fellow Gower College Swansea artists in residence Jason & Becky. It marked the end of the residencies that had run from April through June. “Collider” (as the exhibition is called) hosts 18 of my original works, together with installation works by Jason & Becky (and which also included a performance element on the night). Here are a selection of photos – some taken on preview night (courtesy of Elysium), and some later (courtesy of Eliot Southwell).
If you’re in the vicinity, please pop in. The exhibition runs until Sunday 30th August, and Elysium Gallery is open 12 to 4 pm, Wednesday to Sunday. For those interested, all my pieces are for sale – contact me for pricing, etc.
Finally, thanks go to: Michael Murray, for setting up the residency, and for his friendship, help and advice (best of luck with the new freelance gig!); Jon Powell and all at Elysium; Lucy Donald and all at Mission Gallery; the staff and students of Llwyn y Bryn campus, for allowing me the run of the campus and making me feel at home, especially Chris Jones, Elinor and Mary and everyone in the Foundation block, Phill Cumpstone, and Hywel (sorry about the car…!); Kris Besley and Kate Pearce, for their encouragement and support; Jason & Becky, for sorting out the flyers, and for their generosity and flexibility; Eliot, for the pictures; Jo Mazelis and Mark Matthews, for being there (in both senses), and Jo for her photos (of me, looking scruffy and well-fed…); Lee Aspland and Phill Burton, for backing me; and lastly my Jo, for chauffeuring, accompanying, and generally for everything she has to put up with (saintly, she is).