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Awarded ‘a space’ arts Talent Development Bursary

I’m excited to announce that I have been awarded the 2019 Talent Development bursary from ‘a space’ arts in partnership with Arts Council England.

It’s no secret that I love to create typography and more recently I have developed a fascination with the idea of developing my lettering into more physical and tactile three-dimensional structures. I’m interested in how these typographical objects would occupy and interact with the environment around them, especially the juxtaposition of these foreign objects within nature. I’m lucky enough to have the historic New Forest nearby, so this will act as the perfect studio for my Talent Development project.

The typographic installations I create will explore the age old tradition of Commoning that still exists in the New Forest today. I’ve already started my research and have spent some time exploring different areas of the New Forest, scouting for potential locations where these temporary installations will be introduced.

The 2019 round of ‘a space’ arts’ Talent Development reportedly had the highest number of applications to date, so I feel extremely grateful to be selected and for the opportunity to explore new ideas which will aid the development of my creative career.

The project will run for the next six months, during which I will create the new series of work. Towards the end of the project, I will be sharing all the work created.

For now, you can follow the progress on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Painting Maps with Ordnance Survey

I was recently commissioned by Solent Showcase Gallery in partnership with Ordnance Survey to design and paint a huge illustrated map of the city of Southampton for the Make Your Mark exhibition.

As part of the project, I was invited to write an article for the Ordnance Survey blog about my experience painting the huge map of Southampton. It was a chance to give an insight into my process and also share my personal feelings about the power of the interactive aspect of the project.

Painting the roads was an amazing experience and with each one I painted, I could slowly see the city of Southampton forming below my feet. With the addition of the roads running through the piece, this bold and colourful abstract painting had now become a map!

You can read the full article here: ‘Make Your Mark’ interactive painted map

A big thanks to Joss Harris from Ordnance Survey and Kate Maple from Solent Showcase Gallery.

‘Art For Everyone’ – Project Calm Article

It was a great pleasure to be invited by Project Calm Magazine to write an article as part of their ‘Mindful Murals’ segment in issue 11. I talk about my transition from the Graffiti world to the design industry, the meditative aspects of painting, achieving flow states during the creative process and much more.

“I’m a big advocate of the psychology of flow states, where you get so lost in the task that it becomes meditative and you reach your optimal performance.”

You can read the full article here: ‘Art For Everyone’ Project Calm Article

Thanks to Editor Lara Watson.

Shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2017

I’m extremely happy to announce that my ‘Hello & Welcome to Leeds’ mural has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2017! The huge mural project which I recently talked about on BBC Radio Leeds has been shortlisted for the professional ‘Site Specific’ category in this years competition.

A big thanks to The Association of Illustrators, Directory of Illustration and to all of this years judges.

Independent Leeds Article

It was great to see how much positivity came from my ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ mural project. The project was my largest and most ambitious, so for other people to not only realise that but also voice it in print is amazing. Independent Leeds definitely did that for me and also captured some wonderful images of the process.

“A bit of a David and Goliath story if you like. One man, armed with some rollers and paint cans, tackled a 20 plus metre stretch of bare wall, through rain, rain, rain and more rain, day-in and day-out for three weeks.”

Here you can read the full print version of the Independent Leeds Article. Alternatively you can read the online article and see more images on the Independent Leeds website.

Leeds Living Article

On the final day of working on my ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ mural, I was invited to be interviewed by Leeds Living magazine. They wanted to know all about the ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ project and a little bit more about my past mural work. After spending the previous two weeks up and down ladders, it was really nice to just sit down with them and have a nice open discussion about my work and why I do what I do.

“he has his overalls rolled down by his waist and hands caked with dried paint, clearly not afraid to get his hands dirty”

Here you can read the full Leeds Living Article.

Le Grande Départ Mural

As part of Le Tour De France visiting Yorkshire for Le Grande Départ in Leeds, I was commissioned by East Street Arts in partnership with Leeds City Council to paint a mural on the first leg of the route.

I wanted to capture the element of struggle which is fundamental to Le Tour Dé France race. I also used this as an opportunity to create a stronger relationship between my illustration and my painting. You can see more images of the painting on the Le Tour Dé France Mural project page.