more works in the society series

More sociological observations - the masks we wear to cover our true identity and to conform to the 'normal' accepted way of behaving, often isolating others.

Multiple personalities that we all have, projected out in front of us like a smoke screen.


Touch My Face

1st image from a series of pieces on society and its effects on the singular.

Taking initial inspiration from William Golding's Lord of the Flies I am exploring the sociological and psychological effects of social groups and social construction; from the Stanford Prison experiments to Goffman's mask theory. More to follow...


Competition Entry Folio Society - The Outsider

The Outsider (Strangers)
by Albert Camus

Competition entry for the folio society

The Outsiders, set in 1940's France, deals with issues of existentialism and the 'Absurdity of life'. The concept that every person is responsible for their own being and attaching meaning. To live passionately and sincerely in spite of many external obstacles and distracts like despair anger and boredom.
Throughout  the book Camus talks of the futileness of life and the absurdity of the human condition to find rational meaning within an irrational world.

opening scene where the protagonist Meursault is called to the retirement home where his mother has just passed away. Meursault is a detached and irrational character, feeling no pain for his dead mother as he sees no point in doing so. People are born, they live and then they die. After death there is nothing else and you fall back into nonexistence. Throughout the book the Church or Christianity represents the ordered society, and the way that humanity strives to place meaning on an irrational world. It is the opposite to Meursaults free life and is seen as an almost oppressive force.
In this image I have tried to remove any emotional attachment to the scene - the black rectangle of the coffin beneath the power of the rigid and geometric Church. The idea that it doesn't matter where or how his mother is buried, the simple fact is that she is dead.

This scene is where Meursault shoots dead an Arab who fought his friend. It is a strange part of the story, where again no emotional attachment is made by the character but he comments on the blinding hot sun and his mild heat stroke as a reason for killing the man who is lying by the rock. One shot kills him but Meursault continues to fire 4 more times for no obvious reason. Later on in the book this is seen as a sinister action as he continues to shoot bullets into the dead man. But it is more to do with the idea that the man is dead, one bullet or five will make no difference.

The final scene of the book is looking forward to the execution of Meursauly by guillotine. He finally realises the absurdity of life and how it is foolish to cling to life. Every man must die at some point and death is the only certainty within an irrational world. He finally come to terms with his death and this realization sets him free. In the face of his immanent death Meursault finds the strength to love life. Ironically it is his execution that opens the door to life in Meursault's mind.


Latest works

Silk-screen print work. A visual response to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, part of a collection of imagery looking at the sociological developments of humanity... deep hu?!


La Belle et la Bete

Different from my usual work this is the poster for the production of La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) at the Arts University College Bournemouth.
I went to London a few days ago and saw the work of Rob Ryan which inspired me to produce this magical fairy tale feel for the poster. After talks with the director and a 2day turn around this is what I came up with. Individually painted paper to get the texture then all hand cut to A3 scale, if I didn't need glasses before I definitely do now!


Bruce Willis... Need I say more

Drawing for the fundraising AUCB Illustration Book coming soon, title A recipe for...
This will be A recipe for being Bruce Willis for the day:
Kick open all doors,
Commando roll over large open areas,
Kill helicopters with cars etc

The basic stuff really...

Behind Bars

Prep for my first offset lithography print which I will be doing monday, who knows what will happen!
Prints to follow...