On These Magic Shores

Having been invited to exhibit at a new show in Oxford at the O3 Gallery called 'On These Magic Shores', I had the opportunity to take a trip to sunny Oxford and hand over my work personally and meet the team behind the show. Curated by Helen Statham Gallery Director, the exhibition explores contemporary illustration with traditional draftsmanship. The show looks at how artists today still retain a strong sense of story telling and rely heavily on fantasy and imagination, as well as demonstrating fun and quirky compositions and by using timeless anthropomorphic animals.

Nestled at the back of the famous Malmaison Hotel - a former prison, Helen explains the Gallery's unique history as a Day Room for Prisoners up until 1996 where inmates would astonishingly while away the hours indulging in arts and crafts!

The unusual layout of the gallery enables artwork to hang against grey circular stone walls, with viewing taking place as you climb up the spiral steps towards a mezzanine level which houses a boutique shop.

Setting up at the O3 Gallery

The exhibition title is inspired by a quote from the great children's book classic, J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, and its intention is to seek out the imagination of the child that is imprisoned in all of us. This is of particular importance to the creative freedom afforded illustrators; I regressed myself this past weekend, by adorning my arms with temporary tattoos provided by Colourbox and the Puck Collective at Pick Me Up London.

'On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more' (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan).

The exhibition opens TONIGHT from 6pm and will be open until 16th June 2013. Other artists exhibiting include: Jo Cheung, Gemma Correll, Phillip J Jones, Isobel Kho, Patrick Laing, Anna Lindsten, Miguel Mansur, Esther McManus, Jamie Mitchell, Julia Pott, Sarah Ray, Rachel Russell, Kris Tate, Yee Ting, Drew Turner, Victoria Whincup, and Asa Wikman.

On_These_Magic_Shores_Invite

The exhibition is in association with Comma, which is a family run independent gift shop in East Oxford. Read more about the On These Magic Shores Exhibition.

Opening hours: Tues - Fri 12-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 4pm.

Beermat Characters

My latest work will be on display at the Inkygoodness - Beermat Characters Exhibition taking place this April at the Coningsby Gallery, London. The exhibition will play host to new, up and coming illustrators who have each taken a Beermat and created a unique hand painted character. The variation and styles will certainly be something to behold. A collection of 'work in progress' sketches for my Beermat Character - Ondine can be found below.

Work in progress - Ondine

Work in progress - Ondine

Work in progress - Ondine

Work in progress - Ondine

Work in progress - Ondine

Final Piece - Ondine for Inkygoodness' Beermat Characters Exhibition

Ondine Beermat Character - Detail

The final piece will be framed and exhibited at the Coningsby Gallery between Monday 29th April untill Saturday 4th May. Read more about exhibition, the other amazing artists taking part and the collaboration with Ammo Magazine's Poop Deck Project over on the Inkygoodness blog.

Update: Video produce by Craig Bush of the exhibition set up and launch.

Inkygoodness: Beermat Characters + The Poop Deck Project Launch from Inkygoodness on Vimeo.

Inkygoodness Beermat Characters Flyer