I don’t need to tell you what a difficult year 2020 was. We all know it. We got through it. And although today doesn’t look too different from yesterday, we needed a “New Year” right now, more than ever. For me 2021 brings big changes. This is a brief update for those interested. What’s old.… Continue reading 2021 – A Welcome Change
A month ago today I put out a request on Facebook and Instagram for NHS workers to come forward for a free portrait.
Are you an artist that gives a sh*t about the environment? Are you pissed off with plastic? Scared about what we have done to our oceans? Are you worried about cow farts and palm oil? Does your art practice reflect how you feel about waste / reliance on plastic / pollution / climate change /… Continue reading Art that Gives a Sh*t
the mood in paris this week
As hoards of think-tankers, journalists and academics rush to pour out their complex opinions on the Charlie Hebdo murders, as an artist, I pause to consider why I might be Charlie.
Here is my latest picture as Humanitarian Centre artist-in-residence – in response to the work of The Mountain Trust. I spent a while studying the work that they do in Nepal and was most struck by the Radio Guru project – it seems utter sense to me to use radio to broadcast lessons to hard-to-reach… Continue reading Humanitarian Art: Learning through radio in Nepal
OK, I didn’t actually paint a helicopter. I painted a picture of a helicopter. And not any old helicopter – this one saves lives.
The media has held our hand through the current crisis in Syria and Iraq and provided for us some of the most ghastly images of conflict seen for a long time. Beheaders, the defiant and armed, cloaked in black, make for a stunning bad guys and our governments too feed on a beautifully dumbed-down narrative… Continue reading Humanitarian Images of Syria and Iraq
A few years ago, feeling very self conscious about self portraits, I started a project called The Selfish Portrait – where I asked my portrait subjects to make an image of me. I was inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote: “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the… Continue reading Selfish Self Portrait of an Activist
I have the honour to be creatively responding to the work of the wonderful Rama Foundation – who for many years have supporting young people in India. This painting is of their work with Mother Miracle. For more about the Rama Foundation, visit their website https://ramafoundation.org.uk/. The Rama Foundation are members of the Humanitarian Centre in… Continue reading Painting for the Rama Foundation