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Carbonado

This slightly sinister looking raven (or is he a large crow?) has found a sparkly pile of carbonado (or ‘black diamonds’ to you and I). The photo doesn’t really do it justice but there’s a load of glitter on those there stones and that’s what attracted him in the first place, as he has some magpie blood in him on his mother’s side. He knows their value and he’s prepared to defend them. With as much force as he can muster. Which could be quite a lot considering his size, evil looking red eye and imperious pose. I’d just leave him to it if I were you…

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id-iom

Title: Carbonado
Materials: Spray paint, stencils, glitter, paint pen and screen print on tile
Size: 30 x 22 cm tile
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Sir Skellington Win

This is the tale of Sir Skellington Win,
who lived up a tree and was incredibly thin.
He constantly told tales of sorrow and loss,
yet somehow still thought that he was the boss.
He had a hat made of glass and two hairs on his chin,
and whatever he played would invariably win.
Apart from love where he was a loser,
even through fantastical tales he could never amuse her.
One day he was walking in his armour of tin,
and happened upon a lady stuck in a bin.
She really was making such a din,
that he could do little but stare and take a sip of his gin.
He took his bottle and looked within,
and could see the reflections of his favourite kin.
With this bitter thought he came to see
that thinking in rhyme was incredibly twee.
So he helped the lady out of the bin and she was very grateful. And that was that.

Can you tell I’ve been having some trouble with today’s write up? If you think you can do any better then i’d suggest you take up professional poetry as my effort is surely gold star standard for an under 12?

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id-iom

Title: Sir Skellington Win
Media: Spray paint and screen print on slate
Size: 46 x 31 cm slate
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We are all fools for love

We are all fools for love – 16ft x 8ft @ UPfest 2012

It’s been over a year in the making (mainly because we’re so lazy) but we can finally reveal our huge edition of 2 (well 3 if you count the landscape one that is currently being hand finished) of our piece which was originally a large scale piece done at UPfest in 2012. They’re a combination of screen printing, stencils, spraypaint and a little hand finishing. The picture was based on a photo of a friend and I’m glad to say she has seen the piece since it was done and given it her blessing. I think the message is clear enough that no matter how tough we think we are love can make a fool of us all. Amen to that.

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id-iom

Title: We are all fools for love
Materials: Screen print, stencils, spraypaint and paint pen
Size: A3

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Meanwhile, in Brixton…

When we moved out of our old studio we found a hidden stash of various hand painted and/or screen printed posters we’d done over the years and thought we may as well make use of them so decided to paste them all rather haphazardly onto a table top we had lying around. And that was all that happened to the piece for the first few months of it’s creation. Then I was hit with a bolt of inspiration and decided to make the piece something of a retrospective given that it features about 30 old paste ups designs that would never have seen the light of day otherwise. With the addition of a bit of background work, the mini-me version of us balancing precariously whilst spraying our ‘Take it from the champs, graffiti is for chumps’ stencil (which was swiped from a 1980’s New York anti-graffiti slogan) and the ‘Meanwhile, in Brixton’  stencil and, hey presto, there you have it.

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Let every man praise the bridge that carries him over

Let every man praise the bridge that carries him over. In this case it’s an unusual woman/bridge hybrid and has carried him from one side of Antartica to the other. Now whilst this bridge may not appear entirely practical it still lets you traverse from one side of a continent to the other, which is certainly something considering how much capital building projects of this size tend to cost. Although saying that it’s not exactly apparent how you are meant to disembark from the bridge when you reach her face. It would seem perhaps some kind of nose ladder would possibly be in order. Either that or i’ve mixed my metaphors entirely and was trying to get across the notion that ‘behind every great man is a great woman’. I’m not entirely sure myself…

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The lady with a feather in her hair

In around 1595 El Greco, who was a popular Greek painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, completed his famous painting ‘The lady with a flower in her hair’. As his painting is almost 500 years old I thought I could do a little updated version – and here she is. Rather than wearing a flower in her hair however she is bang up to date with the new fangled trend of feather hair extensions (it’s true! They love it in America). I’m sure fashion will move on soon enough but for now she’s at the top of her game…

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id-iom

Title: The lady with a feather in her hair
Materials: Stencil, spraypaint, screen print & paint pen
Size: A3 paper
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I grow and I rejoice

Legend has it that shortly after Crawley was made a borough in 1974 the newly anointed mayor was presented with a modified coat of arms and map of the local area – both bearing Crawley’s motto ‘I grow and I rejoice’ (which, as I’m sure we all know is a translation of a phrase from the Epistulae of Seneca the Younger). The coat of arms has always been on display at the Town Hall whilst the map disappeared shortly after it’s initial presentation in somewhat murky circumstances during a drunken pub fight.

After investing a significant amount of time and effort in research and archaeology id-iom is proud to announce the recovery of this historically important document. It was discovered stuffed down the back seat of a decaying Ford Cortina and has clearly suffered from both the ravages of time and exposure to the elements. The people of Crawley can now rejoice however as the the map will soon be reunited with the coat of arms and the prophecy that has long been foretold may now come to pass.

Well, that’s my story and i’m sticking to it…

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id-iom

Title: I grow and I rejoice
Materials: Stencil, spraypaint, screen print & paint pen
Size: 47 x 43cm on an old map of Crawley
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If you build it…

In the 1989 movie ‘Field of Dreams‘ starring Kevin Costner there’s a moment near the start when a ghost/voice from beyond whispers to him ‘build it and he will come’ and so he decides, in that moment, to build a baseball field there. When I started this picture I had nothing better in mind than illustrating a fanciful image of a girl who was also a bridge. For what reason, I’m not entirely sure but I felt compelled to put it down all the same. Once completed I thought of adding the spectre’s immortal line. Here is the result.

As an aside, I thought the quote came from famous American businessman/entertainer/scam artist PT Barnum but the internet has made me realise this was something of a fallacy. Damn you internet and your pernicious lies! Another perfectly cromulent chance to embiggen my knowledge ruined.

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id-iom

Title: If you build it…
Materials: Screen print, stencil, spraypaint & paint pen
Size: A3
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Love is the drug: Good days and bad days

Like Bryan Ferry sang in Roxy Music’s 1975 hit ‘love is the drug and i need to score’. This lady has it bad. One day it’s all blue skies and sunshine and the next day she’s experiencing some crazy thoughts and wondering whether it’s all worth it. I suppose that is sometimes the problem when your emotions are tied so closely to somebody else’s and you have little control over the whole rollercoaster ride. I guess you’ve just got to hold on and hope that the good days outnumber the bad…

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id-iom

Title: Love is the drug: Good days and bad days
Materials: Screen print, stencil, spraypaint & paint pen
Size: 2 x A3
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