I must say that I am completely immersed in my Hauntology artworks,
that I have been eagerly (scrub that) … Inspired to the point of some kind of Nirvana… I am Obsessed!
These are really just an experiment, I am not stopping painting, But I needed to revisit Some ideas I have had for about 5 or 6 years, so …Collage/Montage reflect some of that graphic pop stuff that just shout .. “Whoo Hoo i’m in Photoshop!!” and “Hello! Corel Painter fan over here” …..But it has to be done.
Anyway below, another Hauntology Piece called “Bang” it is really more illustration.. err maybe editorial in style.. anyway it has 5 easy reference points to a Narrative, that refers to similar ideas in the two earlier pieces. It is a huge file of 960 meg and lots of layers 30! everyone poured over, like Dracula, checking his kinky pop’ness In swinging 60’s London.
This is Justa kinda.. phase I am going through.. But I have had So Much Fun doing them. I have been a Horror fan since I was about 11 or 12.. when BBC2 Used to show Horror Double Bills on a Saturday Night.
Two years later, I was a Goth. When I was more self aware.. It was Polanski, Pinter, Beckett, Psychic Tv, Hammer, Suspiria, 70’s decor, The White Noise, Public Information Films, Throbbing Gristle then .. much later.. Ghostbox, Gasper Noe, Harmony Korine, Pye Corner Audio, Stereolab, Werner Herzog, American Horror Story, Peter Blake, Andy Warhol, Public Information Films, Vampyros Lesbos, Pizzicato Five, Here we go round the Mulberry Bush.. etc..
You see what I have gleaned from all this, is that; Horror is not in castles, defended by headless coachmen, or is it as menacing , as Venice and a red coated small witch. It is Scarier in your own home.
Anyway .. Painting will be coming later this year.. but for the time being.. “the horror .. the horror”
Ok .. another Hauntology Inspired piece called “The Table Tapping” Again this a Montage.. Maybe the Ghost has been shaken, but not too sure.
Someone asked the size of these pieces, well they are A3 Size.. I will get two of them printed next week.. and work out pricing for them, But will be most likely to be £75 each. (unframed).
A very dark piece, inspired by the Photographer Geoff Robinson.. I wanted to encompass a feeling of the bleak winters of the 1970’s coupled with my fascination of Witchcraft and iconography that left an imprint… on my tastes in art and graphic design to this day. I have left the narrative pretty open, as there are many themes running through this piece. I will be making more images similar to these, as it is a Ghost that I cannot shake off.
I thought I would share some early work, from the 1990’s, these are all paintings on newsprint, seems a simple idea eh? Ohh no! You become obsessed with finding “That perfect Image”, and always looking in bins to find newspapers (before recycling bins), and then figuring out how to do the image justice, and have it relate, to what you are thinking or feeling at the time. I had a box full of newspaper photos, that i kept for 5 years, and I maybe used about 40 or 50 to work on .. from a pile of about 800.
I started when as a kid, maybe 8 or 9, i had a thing of drawing on photographs with ball point pen, and sometimes a wetted pencil. I really just thought of it as “Doodling” until 11 years later, i could see a new process of changing an already formed image, into a new piece of art, which entail, also led me to paint on “Found objects” which i did for a period of maybe 3 years. Anyway, here are a few of my newspaper experiments, from that 90’s period.. I still quite like them. and they are all around the A4 Size. Any commets would be good on this, as revisiting these is like viewing them for the first time again.