Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition!

My High St Blues Ballad print was selected for the Summer Exhibition this year.
If you squint your eyes and look up as far as you can see, you will be able to see it in room I in the top left hand corner!! I went to the private view last week and saw some very inspiring work. A bit overwhelming to be honest, you need to go more than once to take it all in.

Monday, 25 March 2013

High Street Ballad - UPDATE

I spent another fine day at East London Printmakers last Saturday despite the mental temperatures and blizzards outside. Inside a creative hub with some inspiring work going on. I completed the AP's for 'The High Street Ballad Blues' and will collect them later this week to decide on which print to send to the framers. I wanted to have a baby blue/mid brown print but didn't quite manage to mix the right brown.

Midnight Blue and baby blue
Black and dark yellow
Midnight blue on Reeves Antique paper.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

"The High Street Ballad Blues"

‘SESAME’, my favourite shop from school days closed down this winter after a long battle with the local council for affordable commercial rent. This was partly the inspiration for a lino print I had already been thinking about.
The print is themed around the changing British High St and the rise of the coffee shop chain with the demise of the essential local shops. It’s partly based on an Eric Ravilious print from his beautiful  prints of high streets and shop windows.
I'm currently printing them at East London Printmakers. I'll be printing a series in eggshell blue/midnight blue on Reeves Antique paper and yellow ochre/cool black on Somerset Satin.

Come back to see the final prints which should be finished in the next couple of weeks!

Friday, 11 January 2013


A little bit of admin. Here is a 2 colour woodcut illustration I did for a drinks label I completed just before my shed got too cold to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. It's printed on a new paper I got from Intaglio Printmakers.
I tried a few different colours and settled on using black which I usually never use. In this case it holds the composition together I think.


Wow! It's come around again so soon. Deadline for delivery of Prints is 8th April. Better get working

Wednesday, 7 November 2012


Katya Katkova organised a great exhibition last year dedicated to the cafe culture of London's East End and I was more than happy to be a part of it. The exhibition has now morphed into a lovely little book produced by photographer Katya  and designer Anastasia Tribambuka. Here are some pics of the book.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

The Colour

This is a woodcut book cover for Rose Tremain's 'The Colour'. I wanted to use a really different bolder, non-naturalistic colour palate to the  chalky colours I usually settle on and I'm quite happy with the results.