ARE YOU A PUNK?
A PUNK IS SOMEONE WHO GOES AGAINST THE GRAIN
WHO DREAMS BIG HAS THE COURAGE TO ACT ON IT
AND THE BALLS TO SEE IT THROUGH
WHO SAYS FUCK FUCK THIS
I"M DOING IT ANYWAY
MAKE IT HAPPEN
A PUNK IS SOMEONE IN THEIR OWN LANE
PLAYING THEIR OWN GAME
A PUNK IS THE BRAINS THE BOSS THE ATTIUDE
THE WON"T BE DEFEATED
THE REBEL WHO MAKES YOU FEEL IT
THE WON"T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
THE CEO OF EVERYTHING FUCKING FABULOUS
A PUNK IS EMPOWERMENT A PUNK IS CONNECTED
AWAKE EYES WIDE OPEN READY FOR THE RIDE
SHAKE OFF YOUR SEATBELT
COME SIT DOWN NEXT TO ME
LET ME ASK YOU AGAIN
ARE YOU A PUNK?
ABOUT MY ART
I want my art to fucking punch you in the face
but at the same time make you smile playfully,
like we're in on the same joke,
even though we've never met.
I get it and I get you. To me that's art.
I want my art to hang on your wall, wake you up, lift you up.
I want it to resonate with your rebellious heart
just as it did mine when I created it.
Join my rebellion.
With a dash of humour and a twist of irony, this series, created at Punk Street Studios, Los Angeles in 2019, was inspired by some of my idols and heroes. Sometimes these icons come to me in pairings, they stand alone but I saw them originally as a team. You can agree or not but it’s part of my process. I like thinking of icons together even if they are from a different generation. How would they find each other? Mick Jagger and Kate Moss is a play on words and as a rock star who has had them all he hasn’t caught Miss Kate. I believe Tupac and Lennon were the same... outspoken rebels of their time. I like to think of them sharing a cuppa tea and discussing the world. As I translate my version of these visionaries I'll have their music blasting or their films blaring in the background as I work. I hear their voices, their lyrics, their rhythm... they are infusing the paint and are coded into every canvas.
This series, created at Punk Street Studios, Los Angeles in 2019, is my punk brain playing with chaos, colour and vibrancy in a riotous abstract fashion. It starts with a line and grows, one mark here, one splash there. I step back and keep thinking what next and every line, mark and colour, change it again and again until my mind can rest and says, “that’s it, no more”. The hardest part is trusting a piece is done or over or abandoned. I could keep going but I respect the white on each board too much. The negative space is vital to the contradiction of shapes and form and it’s in this balance that I find joy. It’s in the creating and seeing the evolution of each one. I often look at my finished pieces and don’t even remember creating them or making the gestures that created the shapes but I do remember in vivid detail how I felt while making it. I love the pureness of it and that there's no going back, no eraser... just make it work with the mark you just made. Stroke by stroke it emerges. A composition of elements. That’s art. If you’re lucky it evokes a strong feeling. It’s an exorcism of sorts, something I needed to expel from me. Each one part dream, part past; a visual part of me, they are all self portraits like a snapshot of who I was at that very moment. The title of each piece is named after one of my tracks.
A WORD ABOUT "POXY" RESIN
I've always been attracted to shiny things... reflection in water, sequins on stage, so it made perfect sense to me when I first saw an artwork that utilised epoxy resin that I not only wanted to own it, but create it. Little did I know how laborious the medium would be. (Hence calling it poxy!) Tricky and a much bigger process then I had anticipated. But I learned about curing times and how each epoxy is different and I found my way and made a clean container (no dog hair allowed!) to make it flawless. Another skill learnt to make the art I wanted to create and share. You can find me on any given day in my studio in protective gear and gloves and goggles wearing a respirator using a blow torch. Who am I? The truth is I’m many different things. I love that I have to get into costume even to create my art. I love learning new things even if it’s difficult and frustrating. Mastering a new thing is what life is all about. Stay curious.