Ground Floor Left Gallery: Figuratively speaking (group show)

"Yellow Skeleton on stand" and "AK47" drawings at the Ground Floor Left gallery.
“Yellow Skeleton on stand” and “AK47” drawings at the Ground Floor Left gallery. Oil pastel on cartridge paper, on cardboard.
At the Ground Floor Left gallery in Hackney, East London: Yellow Skeleton and AK47 drawings. Part of a group show with several graduates and established artists called Figuratively speaking.The exhibition rans 14th Р18th March 12-6pm.

Protest the Pope banner

Protest the pope banner
Protest the pope banner: Latin red skeleton Pope.
The London protest against the Pope's visit. Estimated attendance of 10-12,000 people. You can see my skeleton banner at the back-right of the picture.
Several protests were organised to coincide with the Pope’s visit to the UK. I decided to create a banner to convey my feelings towards him for a march in London. In light of the various charges made against the Pope I felt a red skeleton in a mitre was appropriate. The Latin text at the top of the banner is supposed to say “I want your soul” and reads “Volo vestri animus”. A few Latin speakers told me the text should have read something like “Volo vestri animum” – I’ll get it right next time.

Some of the reasons for my protest included: Ratzinger’s decades-long cover-up of child rape, the UK govt’s decision to offer a tax-funded state visit to the Pope and the govt’s continued shifting of state services to religious organisations, which are exempt from many discrimination laws that the rest of us must rightly abide by.

Work update: Tall chairs & 4 cut-out skeleton drawings

Drawings of a tall folding stool
Drawings of a tall folding stool in black oil pastel.
4 cut-out skeleton drawings.
4 cut-out skeleton drawings.

I’ve been drawing more objects including a flexible skeleton and folding bar stool.
I continue to draw objects in an obsessive way, from many angles and as close to life-size as I can using black oil pastels and oil bars.

I try to draw shapes honestly as they really are rather than consciously trying to abstract them – though abstraction is an inevitable part of visual representation. I want to represent some of the functionality of objects, with the idea that an object’s function informs it’s identity and personality.

By mounting these drawings on card and then cutting them out I hope to emphasise their 3D nature.