“Bikes & Blooms” was the name of my first solo exhibition of paintings and textiles which I exhibited at Four Walls, Melton.
Bikes & Blooms was made up of a series of stencil street art paintings (or not graffiti graffiti!), digital illustration produced as limited edition prints, written content which I am currently making into a book of poetry and surface designs (not graffiti textiles) which I had digitally printed and made up in a London workshop into cushions as well as some greetings cards.
It is about nature, it and us. How change and evolution moves us all forward.
Changing transport links are the very things that enable us to evolve and develop. Yet are also the very things that have eroded the planet. Our networks are viewed as being important, wildlife networks less so. If we had thought about wildlife networks, the world would possibly not be quite as messed up as it currently is. Animals, birds, I guess even insects could change location and move, to where they have a better chance of survive.
Butterflies and dragonflies changing forms seem very much to resonate with the changing inner (and outer lives) of us humans. Middle age is a type of metamorphosis, as are the teenage years and the early stages of development of a baby.
The odd rock star has snuck in, as well as the occasional stars I have spotted whilst living in France and Rutland. All have stories of evolution and metamorphosis aplenty …
Laz at Four Walls, Melton was a brilliant host. He pretty much let me take over his gallery space as if an artist in residence. He even allowed me to make the tea and rearrange his walls afterwards.
I am currently working on my next series of work, which I am calling “Grassroots Uprising”. Whilst trying to sell the remainder of the exhibition and working as a freelance content designer.
The book of poems “Tales from the middle” I am still currently angsting over but hope to publish soon …