I always like it when I receive a commission from the States, this time from The Baffler, a bi-monthly publication of left-leaning political, cultural, and economic criticism and analysis, with a healthy sense of humour and wit that has been in existence since 1988. The story concerns a first-person essay about a writer who went from post-doctoral academic work to working on rail maintenance on commuter trains just outside of Boston. Thrilled with the results & the team were an absolute dream to work with
Another American commission. This time for the University of Pennsylvania’s quarterly Wharton Magazine in which I contributed five editorial pieces plus a handful of headshots for the contributors for the article in connection with the University’s collaborations with various worldwide institutions.
November last year saw the start of this unique collaboration with English Heritage in connection with a permanent exhibition & new visitors centre based in the village of Corbridge along Hadrian's Wall in the heart of Northumberland. For a period of over 300 years, this Roman village evolved from a military complex into a striving civilian community & my illustrations of both artefacts found on site & adaptions of what many of the streets would have looked like will take centre stage in this modern visitors building fit for the 21st Century.
Early last year I was approached by Peter Millard & Partners, specialists in producing unique and exciting artwork schemes for hotel and luxury residential interiors, to supply a London reportage drawing for the new look Trafalgar St James. The artwork appears in every guest room in the hotel. Lovely to see the finished product, thanks to all those involved.
It's been an exciting project that I had to keep under wraps for just over a year. A collaboration with the American avant-garde artist/musician Laurie Anderson for her autobiography 'All The Things I Lost In The Flood' published by Rizzoli in which I contributed artwork for the cover plus seven more pieces inside the book that illustrates her early life, working from photographs that covers her extensive & varied career. It's been an immense pleasure to work alongside Laurie & her team. I was lucky enough to be invited along to a New York book launch party at her apartment earlier this month.
The Instagram travel sketches have been a big success this year, so much so that I thought it fitting with the help of a wonderful short film maker Chris Hopkins to put together a profile of myself, my thoughts & working methods. It was a great experience & provides a little insight into an average day once I'm out there looking for inspiration to hit me.
Delighted to be asked to be part of this month's Elite Traveler Magazine with an illustration of what it's like to experience private midnight fine dining in Le Grand Palais, Paris
Delighted to be working with the designers putting together the University of Aberdeen's Postgraduate Prospectus for 2018. I provided an illustrated map, illuminating just some of the major attractions to this vibrant city
It's been quite a big undertaking working alongside everyone at FA Wales Magazine with some 8 full page reportage style illustrations taking a little over two months from start to finish. In a season that saw Cardiff host the finals of the UEFA Champions League, it was a real treat to be asked to contribute to the 2016/17 end of season review.
Delighted to be asked back to illustrate a piece for the Daily Telegraph. This time for the weekend food & drink section, in which the Blur bassist Alex James discusses his fantasy festive feast with guests ranging from Sir Isaac Newton, his wife Clare & the actor Chris Pratt
Another book cover illustration pops through the letterbox. This time a design for the novel by Antal Szerb from the small publishing house Pushkin Press. A major classic of 1930's literature, Journey By Moonlight tells the darkly funny story of a bourgeois businessman torn between duty & desire
Its always nice when a publishing company spots the potential for a cover from one of my non-commissioned paintings. This time it was the fantastic group Ufficio Iconografico based in Torino Italy. The painting entitled 'Man' that sold a couple of years ago to Connie Mitchell, lead singer of the pop group Sneaky Sound System, was picked to grace the cover of famous novelist & one time anti-mafia judge Gianrico Carofiglio's new book L'estate Fredda.
It was an honour to be asked by Variety Magazine in the U.S. to take on a story that makes it to the cover. Commissions like these don't come around that often & i'm really pleased with the end result. Summer Redstone's daughter Shari is looking to seize control of her fathers immense media empire, will she succeed?