Armistice: a thought!

IMG_1940 Why do we choose a FIST?

I was commissioned to create and insert 26 limited edition prints of this original into 26 books with Holborn Library to remember and commemorate the lives of the 26 people killed locally during a Zeppelin raid in 1915. Given a choice of images, why did the library choose the FIST?

Kings Cross Fire commemoration exhibition

20131119_163316_resized The Mark Willcox exhibition at the BADA studios in Bloomsbury London commemorating the fire shows a fascinating view of the experience of being there.

Art at its best!

 DSC02098 (2)+Art at its best has to be about humanity, anything else is purely decoration.

Fantastic opportunity!

BRAZIL artworkThe Global Biennial is a fantastic, ground breaking opportunity. It is providing a platform for artists internationally, artists that might never normally take the leap and promote their work beyond the norm. Some of the work is proving to be internationally challenging:


Best Man at the wedding?.

8. No face value.Art at the edge can be scary and challenging. Last week when in Dresden I was openly asked to be challenging in what I had to say. It a strange one for artists, we spend so much time alone, in isolation creating our work through its up and down it traumas and its bliss that we forget that what we say is also important, valued.

Its a bit like being the “Best Man” or Woman at a wedding, you have to come prepared. But most artists will say: How?

Art & Healing?

Pre Jan 2003 648 I did a series of talks last year on ART and HEALING. I could include this with this blog if anyone is interested?

The NO rule!

£50 rectoA - CopyThe problem today is that artists are born into a culture of commodification which by its very name implies superficial, contrived, processed. To be commodified is to be packaged and sold and therefore, unless you are happy with being bought for decoration, adornment and valuation then you need to change, to refuse.

But how? You have to use the NO rule!

Artists work inspite of money not because of it.

MONUMENTS: The next location?

Liverpool European Capital of Culture, 2008. Opening launch night.

I am looking for the next location for MONUMENTS?    But where?

To-date the installation has been in the most iconic, thought provoking and outstanding locations:

The largest and most ornate banking hall in Britain, located in Liverpool. It had been closed down for many years and now 5 years later is still waiting for a plan for its it’s re-use or the bull dozers. MONUMENTS was installed there ironically as the world economy went into free-fall in 2008. Following this it was re-installed in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral during Lent.

In 2009 it was installed in the Palazzo Contarini as part of the Venice Biennale. An amazing location, the Palazzo that Ruskin had said was the finest Gothic Palazzo in Venice.

In 2011 it was installed in the subterranean bowels of a brutally iconic modernist building in  Bloomsbury London: The Brunswick Centre.

Where NEXT?

Twittering lives?


We live in a strange world full of contradictions and hypocrisy. We seem so ready to condemn those in the public eye: Cardinals, Politicians, Footballers and more without due consideration to proof. It seems accusation is enough to condemn someone.

Do we just like to see the mighty fall, it makes us feel better in our insignificant Twittering lives?

Are we all part of the Blind leading the Blind until proven guilty?

Neo Nazis


The Neo Nazis rally in Dresden Germany was a chilling reminder of right wing extremism.  Democracy does allow for all views and it is easy to treat these people as idiots and misguided fools. The truth is they are dangerous and a salient, disturbing reminder of historic extremist outcomes: The Holocaust.

On the same day, a ‘Human Chain’ was created, in which many thousands of people held hands around the city as a powerful symbol in opposition to the Neo Nazis rally.

However, I ask the question:  Does good only exists because of evil?