Fight Cancer with Cake #10 (2019) This was one of many photos taken by Emma Trimble to promote a coffee morning at 404space. I liked the irony of using a sugar based product to raise funds to beat cancer. We used a tiny regiment of soldiers and cake bought at a local deli.


...the Very Best of Various Artist

I am using this page to bring together existing and new work that will make up a collection for showing during 2020, with the potential for a publication of the same name. It should go without comment that the title, far from being an example of trumpet blowing is instead an exercise in self deprecation, 'interesting' being the word most commonly used by critics to damn a work with faint praise.

The title lends itself to the quirkier end of my er, canon and that is the type of work I intend investing my thorts and energies in.

At the risk of appearing self indulgent I have added some notes as and when, more as reminders of when, where and how the work got made.



...the Very Best of Various Artist

I've long wondered about the hierarchy hinted at by titles within popular music - presumably a Very Best of trumps a Best of but what about an Utimate or Essential, are these subjective rather than objective and if so based upon what criteria? Does an 'Ultimate' carry more heft than a Very Best of and what about Greatst Hits, although does that reflect a more populist approach? In this instance I am happy to be the judge!

And what of 'The Collection'? This suggests an oeuvre or a canon, something magisterial and worthy of consideration. A laurel for the artist to rest upon, a feather in his cap, a jewel in her crown. Something with heft.

Of course I might choose some 'inferior' work, guided by some deep seated desire to undermine/add to the premise...


Falling and Dancing. I remember nothing of making this but the title always makes me think of the Scottish Postcard group led by Edwyn Collins, Orange Juice whose debut LP 'You Can't Hide Your Love Forever' gets played to this day.


Queenies' Streets of Warminster (2014) Coffee and ink. Stamp


...the Very Best of Various Artist

Throughout 2015 I must have made hundreds of Queens, often queuing at a post office to buy twenty 1p and thirty 2p stamps. Most got sold, a few remain. The umbrella title was Monarchy in the UK. They crop up every once in a while.

The skyline that I draw in many of them was inspired by/nicked from a cartoon that featured in the New Musical Express during the 1970's.


Nobility Scooter (2015)


St Dubstep Leaving Clapham. Apparently Dubstep was invented in Clapham, I thought of St Dubstep flying over the common on his way to spread the gospel across the land via PA's in front of expectant clubbers at a nations hot spots. This he did by scattering 12" remixes for folks to find. I liked to imagine a saint in a track suit. Here I've imagined him with two of his angel minders, both bald fat men bursting out of ill fitting suits.


Stampede (2014)


37 Copies of Dan Browns' Angels and Demons (2015) Someone tipped me off that a charity shop in Evesham had an awful lot of pre read, if not pre loved, Dan Brown novels. I drilled a central hole through them and a steel pole holds them in place. I liked the idea of wood providingpaper that was then used to support it. The garden is in Southdown, Bath and overlooks the city.


Chav Faery Shoplifters or It's Ok Ken, I'll Deal With This (2015)


...the Very Best of Various Artist


Burger Boom Che (2007) upon seeing this people generally comment on the size of the chaps phallus. I normally reply that it's normal for (enter name of town here). I think the idea came from a Little Feat LP cover that featured a UFO blowing up something. I liked the idea of exploding buns from outer space.


Sign (2015)


...the Very Best of Various Artist

The protest placard on the left and Golden Ratio table Football on the right would both have been made sometime during 2015, probably in Bath over the Summer. Both got shown at Eastside Projects' Summer camp in August. The signs' current whereabouts are unknown whilst I guess the turf was used to fill a gap in the garden. The game proved impossible to play although its effect can be seen everywhere.


Golden Ratio Table Football (2015)


The Gang's All Here! Title taken from a line in the popular film 'Grease'. Here the shooting of Bin Laden is presided over by Steve Coogan and his dog of war. Note the hoover (centre right) a clumsy nod to Edgar J.


Dot 2 Dot, Dot (or the Universe Explained). The idea of course being that if one joined all the dots then it would make one big dot.


This work never really gained a title. The sign was discovered hidden behind a bus shelter in Bath. The alien face replaced whatever was there before (I forget). Following a place in Wild in the Country at Bruton Art Factory the sign was left at the base of Clee (or Star) Hill near Warminster, site of a crop circle most summers. Two days later the sign had vanished.


Energy Stamp


Owl (2019) Because it looks like one


Food Stamp (2006)


Straight Jacket (2018)