Spray paint and stencils were the main tools I used as part of an experimental art project last year. It came out of the desire to get back to painting and to break away from my trust apple mac.
The series is about change, some of the pieces I have also worked on digitally. Paint and pixels has always been a great combination.
The series is about change, metamorphosis and evolution. A big birthday had made me reflect on change in a pretty over heated, tearful way and a contract at a local nature reserve had also made me reflect on “nature” as well as our nature.
Obviously human beings change physically and emotionally over time, but nature evolves to suit environment in a much more profound way. Metamorphosis feels like it must be science fiction.
The evolution of the dragonfly is fascinating. In prehistoric times – they were possibly HUGE whereas now they are much smaller than they once were. They just didn’t need to be that big any more, so they down sized.
Whereas the lucky be-winged creatures don’t rely on public transport and can just fly to their next nest, we need transport links to enable us to evolve and develop. Which is ironic, we need transport to progress, yet transport is also at the heart of the erosion of our planet. Our networks are viewed as being important, wildlife networks are sometimes less so. The internet of things means that stuff has to be made, get shifted about, be delivered. It is tricky to balance out the areas to conserve and how.
The only method of transport which is pure of spirit is the bike. The bike as a motif features in much of my work. It not only looks iconic; it is an environmental campaigner.
Nature is a metaphor which I have used as in our nature and the nature of us, as well as “nature”.
This is “Monsieur Velo V”.
I drew the motif after I photographed the old man on his bike. He rode through my camera whilst I was living in France and photographing the streets for an art project. On his bike he looked like a mix of history and futurism, much like France felt to me at the time. Ancient yet modern. Cool.
The pieces will be for sale in my online store alongside some art prints.