‘A Whole lot of Trouble for a Little bit of Win’ is a new body of work I’ve been concentrating on over the summer. It’s based on my 2nd big photo shoot. Two of the paintings are currently on show at the Lazarides Bedlam exhibition, I’ll have 1 more big piece at the Rathbone later this month and finally I’ll be having a show of drawings and studies at The Outsiders early next year.
Hip hop nerds among you might recognize the title from a recent El P track and I thought it was the perfect sentiment to sum up the ideas in my work over the last few years. Big thanks to Joao Retorta for the behind the scenes film above, Alex De Souza and of course to photographer Eoghan Brennan and models Jaffar, Alan, Louis and Cody.
I did my second large scale photo shoot 2 days before I went to Italy. This is the most stressed you’ll ever see me, when I actually have to organize things. I’m doing a number of large paintings for October and this shoot was for source imagery. Many thanks to the models and of course Eoghan MacGyver Brennan for saving the day and Charles Lurking-in-the-Shadows Gervais for these sexy shots. Special shout out to Bambi.
Spent a few days in Florence before heading back to London. I’ve wanted to go to Florence for the last gazillion years but I was pretty put off on arrival by the hoards of tourists clogging up every street (totally in denial that I am one of them). Didn’t see a whole lot of art (shame shame shame) as I was there for a wedding but I did think the city was at its best at 6am.
Another black and white biggie this year. I’m not sure how long this will last as we had no permission to paint it. Someone even called the police but Angelino sweet-talked them into allowing us finish, but I guess the fact that it’s on a kiddie school and I painted 2 nude women could be a bit of a problem… (no shit Sherlock)