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|Shirley The Misunderstood
original oil painting on round canvas 20'' across
|*new* "Kemper the Impervious"
a few of my favourite things.. pin-ups, tattoos, red hair, circus stripes & a girl with a heap of attitude! ...
Oil on canvas 20x 24" Portrait of the ridiculously gorgeous Kemper Suicide who you can find here
In the ref pic she's outside, but i wanted to give it a more circus vibe hence the stripes
|Bubbles the Soul Original Oil Painting
"24 x 36"
I was born with a pencil in my hand, and spent a lot of my childhood scribbling away furiously, my
notebook came everywhere with me. My early teens was lived in the 80's, and I was hugely
influenced by all the exotic women you started to see in pop videos like Duran Duran's. I loved
Nagel's artwork like the Rio cover, and I also loved all the airbrushed Syd Brak women that were
everywhere at that time. I used to draw all sorts, but started gravitating towards sketching from
photos of fascinating women I saw in mum's fashion mags or my teen music mags. My icons at the
time were strong glamorous women like Debbie Harry and Kate Bush (and glam men of course like
Bowie and Adam Ant). At the same time my fascination with the 'dark side' of life started to show
itself as I discovered and grew up on Hammer Horror, the Addams Family, the Munsters, and
started to build a collection of ghost/horror books that would influence my sketches
|Death and the Maiden
new painting! oil on canvas portrait of the ridiculously gorgeous Missy Malone & a few of my favourite things
combined....pin-ups, skulls, tiki, & spooky gothic!
I think my colourful oil portraits combine inspiration both from the influences of my youth, and from
my many years working as a designer for a major cosmetics company in London. I have had a
lifelong love of fashion, glamour, kitsch, pin-ups as well as all things ghoulish. Having worked as a
designer I am very much caught up in the excitement of creation, and I love the endless creative
possibilities that come from painting, and making a canvas come to life.
I try to paint subjects who are a little provocative, or challenging, or cheeky or unconventional. I like
the painting to have some 'life' or attitude about it. Its great to look to the burlesque world and
challenge the conventional idea of what is beautiful, as a woman I'm bored of body image and ideas
of beauty fed to us in the media. I like that these girls have an interesting mix of nostalgia (in their
costumes), as well as being totally modern women, they are not afraid to be who they want, a
fantasy even. I like to make a tribute to them in some way, immortalise them in that moment,
celebrating who they are and what they love to do - by doing what I love to do. And the same goes
for my series of film icons, its total nostalgia on my part, and again, a need to make some kind of
tribute to those who have influenced me.
|'Unpleasant Dreams Darlings
|'Lady Gaga the Real''
brand new painting 20" oil on canvas