Art

This page contains copies of most of the paintings and drawings I have created in my life that are still in my possession. Where possible I have included a few notes to let you know what medium it was painted in and where possible an idea of the date it was painted. If I can remember the inspiration or any reference from where the image/design came from then I have added this as well.

Whilst most of my earlier works are with traditional mediums such as pencil, ink or acrylics the recent works are almost entirely digital. Increasingly my interest is with portraits, examples of which you will see in the digital section of the gallery.

I am now confident enough with the reproduction to offer a portrait commissioning service. If you are interested then please email me through the CONTACT US page of this website to discuss timings, costs and reproduction options....


All pictures shown here are available as prints in various formats so please contact me if you are interested.

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REMEMBERING VISCOUNT LOCKE

This is probably me favourite painting I have ever done (to date!!) - itis very large format A1 so condensing down to a small size does it no justice. It is in a very photo-realistic style which is my current style and will probably dominate my output for a while...

 

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TYCOON

There is something about painting man made objects that I love. I'm not sure what it is but I love the colours and materials. Even better if the subject is a view of something very familiar to us and this new painting is no exception! Once again large A1 format:

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AIMING TO GET TO SLOCHD

Without doubt the most detailed and painstaking bit of art I've ever done. very happy with the result of this large A1 painting:

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MAASAI

This large format painting is based on a photograph I took of a native of the Maasai tribe when I was in Malindi, Kenya over Christmas and New Year...

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LOVE IT OR HATE IT

I'll leave the answer to the question posed by this paintings title to the viewer as whether it is reference to the famous advertising campaign or the result of my painting...

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CLASSIC MODEL

A play on words for the title of this one. The Routemaster bus was most certainly a classic model that I remember well from catching the 93 home from school so I was pleased to see it had been immortalised by the plastic model company Revell so in a way this painting took even longer than ever as the model had to be built before it could be painted....

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OLIVE OIL

The colours and reflections of the bottle were a challenge here but very happy with how it turned out:

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RED BULL

A small painting for a change, but continues my love of painting man made items....

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IMPOSSIBLY SMOOTH

Another new painting....

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Twin Peaks

There's something about paxckagiung that I love...!

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POOLSIDE

A new painting done using the iPad Pro + Apple pencil and the Concepts app. More Concept drawings to follow soon....

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Crushed

Having painted a Coca-Cola can back approx 30 years ago, now it was the turn for Diet Coke using Copic Markers. It is a loing time since I have done any art using traditional medium rather than digital and Copic Markers are new to me and I loved using them even if they are bloody expensive for the whole set!!

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Still Life 3

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Still Life 1

Another Cpoic marker painting taken from a few objects on my desk....

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Still Life 2

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Istanbul

This was my first painting using Copic markers and I probably bit of more than i could chew though I perserved to the end!

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Norman

Drawn back in 1989, this sketch of Norman Tebbit MP is a bit of a favourite despite questionable scaling of his hand.



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Space Boy

Space Boy Jake and his trusty companion, the monkey ooh-ooh. Built from a family photo favourite and stock images via a Photoshop Advanced tutorial. Never really enjoyed photo-manipulation but have to say this one has caught my imagination so might well dip in for some more. Completed 1st Jan 2010.



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Marathon

This was taken from a study in one of my father's pastel books. I loved the eratic use of colour, a very bold style that is much harder than I thought to use in your drawings.



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Morning (Part 1)

This was painted in 1989. I've always found acrylic so much easier than oil, by using it quite dry I like to get the almost pop art feel that keeps the brush strokes less visible. Looking back I can see now why the digitial format appeals to me so much as the result is very 'graphic'. By the way, I don't know what happened to part two... maybe that is still to come!



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Thoroughbred

One of only 2 pictures I ever bothered to get professionally framed. Probably painted sometime around the early nineties.


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COCA-COLA

Another acrylic in an almost graphic style. Just the sort of subject that I would love to do in digital if I was to draw it now....


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LUST

Probably painted within weeks of Coca-Cola, both have very similair colour schemes and style. Painted in 1988.

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WIDOW

The woman in the picture bears an uncanny resemblance to Joan Collins. However I have no recollection at all of where the subject matter for this picture came from. I like working from photographs I see in papers and magazines and so could very well have been of Joan....


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EVENING MILL

My watercolour paintings are a bit scarce on the basis that I struggle with the medium. I much prefer mediums that allow you to work over and over parts of the painting until you are happy. Yet watercolour is the total opposite where you seem to get just one go at each brush stroke. Unfortunately I love the look of watercolour so I keep getting drawn back every 5 years or so to try again. The result has only been a handful of half decent results, this is probably the best and was either drawn from a photograph or a tutorial...


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CHAMP

Sometimes things work first time and this was one of those pictures. Drawn almost 20 years ago, I think it still has a very modern vibrant feel to it.


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Is there anybody there...?

This is a simple sketch of the medium Doris Stokes. It was drawn sometime around 1989, close to her death. The idea of the sketch is to only draw in the parts that would be illuminated in a darkened room by a lit crystal ball in the centre. Study probably taken from a photograph in the newspaper.



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President's Daughter

This sketch is of Mazarine Pingeot at the funeral or her father, Francois Mitterand. Mazarine was illegitimate and caused much outcry when Mitterand confirmed she was his daughter. Again taken from a photograph in the newspapers coverage of the funeral.


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Colt

This painting is tiny, a total contrast to my other horse painting, Thoroughbred. The acrylic was applied quite thickly, more like oil and even when scanned you can still get a feeling of fluid brush strokes. This painting was done quickly without any over-working and this produces a really nice spontaneous feel.
Painted in 1988.



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Fruit Mix

One of the most frustrating things about painting is that you get all your brushes and paints out and then you can't think of anything to paint. Which is why I somehow ended up drawing a sweet wrapper! I can't remember the sweet, Soft Fruit or Fruitees or something. Anyhow I like the result!



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It's Over

A very atmospheric piece. Again painted sometime around 1988/1989 which were my two main productive years for painting and drawing. I can't recollect where the study came from, may well have been an imagined image.



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Aside

Another sketch made in 1989, probably drawn within days or weeks of It's Over as I remember them working on them both. However I cannot recall anything else about the image of subject.



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Still Life

This is the other painting I bothered to get framed. It is a large painting however I'm disappointed on the digital reproduction as being so large and behind glass means it had to be photographed and this has effected the colours badly. Given time I will hopefully either revisit the capture or try and recreate the original colours in Photoshop.



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20,000 Leagues

One of only a handful of paintings using ink, this one was drawn in sepia ink and I guess taken from either the cover of advert for something by Jules Verne.



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Vogue

I always found copies of magazines such as Vogue great inspiration for drawings. This was probably an advert for a perfume, great lines that are perfected for a simple ink drawing.



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Scream

Let out the inner demon! What can I say about this one? I think I'll just leave it to speak for itself.....



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Packaging 1

A bit of an oddball subject but it caught my eye!

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Cuppa

Inspired by the comic book style of Roy Lichtenstein this vector work uses bold black outlines with bold solid colour inside. Very effective and loved doing it so more similair ones to follow....

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UP POINT ONE

Large A1 format vexel painting completed between Aug - Oct 2010.

Based on a photograph I took of the club captain at Surrey Downs, Neil "Boycie" Colwill after he had played a round of golf. By the look on this face I took it to mean he didn't play great and his handicap had probably gone up point one....

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SIR ALAN

Another vexel work. This painting of Sir Alan Sugar was based on a photograph on the front cover of Radio Times. It's a good moody image with the background darkness taking out the detail from the right hand side of his face.
As the face is so famous I'm interested to know if it is an obvious likeness to anyone who see's it for the first time.
Having done this it has definitely inspired me to try some portraits of other famous people so watch this space....



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ZOOOM

I love working in digital and this is a great example of taking a very mundane study and using the digital format to stylise it into an almost cartoon quality. All my digital works are drawn from scratch with no rendering. Each item is a seperate vector path. This was drawin in Photoshop and so is actually a Vexel work rather than a Vector work.


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Gillian X

Another stylised images based on Gillian Anderson from the X files. Drawing method is vexel.
Complete in 2009.

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VECTOR GIRL

This was the first bit of digital art I did. It was based on a tutorial in Photoshop magazine and opened my eyes to the possbilities of drawing with vector paths - if only I had more time to do more!

Strictly speaking the name of the artwork is totally wrong as the word vector is a reference to a digital drawing method that can be infinitely enlarged wthout loss of quality - this can be done in a package such as Illustrator. This method is done in the same way but in Photoshop and so is pixel based which cannot be enlarged without a loss in quality. The correct name for this drawing method is Vexel. But seeing as it was named last year I'll just stick with it.

Completed in 2008

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Surrey Downs Map

Probably a bit more graphic art than straight art, however still drawn using the same digital tools as my other works. This was a commission from Surrey Downs Golf Club to re-create their golf course in digital format for putting on their score cards and website.

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Jake

My first stab at digital painting with so called traditional materials (i.e. not vector or vexel works). This was done in Painter and using the pastels medium. Taken from a photograph of our son Jake in 2009.


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