Tuesday, 17 October 2017

WONG NOIR

Another ArtPix artwork for you ...


The leading image here is from a 1934 cigarette card of the absolutely iconic Anna May Wong, famed actress from the 1920s to the 50s.

As she appeared in loads of black and white movies and had such a striking presence, I thought a Film Noir feel to the artwork would be a good idea. Added to that an almost Bladerunner edge, to give it an extra dimension.

As always I've used many of my own photographs, these taken in London and Brussels. 
The Barkers building in Kensington, an Art Deco masterpiece, already has a futurist feel so lent itself to the Bladerunner vibe, especially all lit up. 
And I was pleased to at last use a few blurry night time photos I took in Brussels several years ago.

The 40s/50s adverts have that sinister edge despite supposedly depicting positive things.
The advert with the fighter planes has the brilliant caption 'Freedom Has a New Sound!', as the planes blast over a quiet American suburban scene. You couldn't ask for a more bizarre and twisted picture!!

I still have tonnes more ideas for new artworks, so stayed tuned right here!

Friday, 13 October 2017

RETRO CLOBBER

Got something different to bung in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset.
A few bits of retro clothes from the ArtPix Archives...

Here is a fantastic PRODIGY t-shirt!



Dating from 1997, around the time of their game-changing single Firestarter, this was when they propelled themselves into everybody's living rooms. Before that they'd still been a bit of an underground phenomenon, but now everyone had heard of Keith!!
Their live shows at that point were absolute dynamite, with old-skool ravers mixing with metal heads and now mainstream people. I think I bought this t-shirt at one of their Brixton Academy gigs in December that year, my memory is a little hazy of those nights, as you could imagine!!!!

I've got boxes and boxes of band t-shirts, including loads more Prodigy, as I've been to hundreds of gigs and was certainly no stranger to the merchandise stall! One day I'll sift through them and see if their are any more spare ones. Watch this space!!



Check out this iconic INTER MILAN shirt!



On the back it has 'RONALDO 9', no not that one, the Brazilian one!!



That would date this shirt at between 1997 – 2002, as they were the years he was at Inter.
Although injuries stifled his time there, he was still at the top of his game during this period, as his record of 59 goals in 99 games testifies.
He bagged the UEFA Cup in 1998 for the Italian giants and moved onto Real Madrid in 2002.



Here is a classic denim jacket!




In perfect condition, it dates from around the late 80s/early 90s, just when I was getting into Industrial and EBM music! So anything black was needed and this jacket was the perfect accompaniment to my much-loved KILLING JOKE leather jacket, which I also still have, but is definitely not for sale!!!!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

SIGHTSEERS

Welcome to my new ArtPix artwork!


This one is called SIGHTSEERS, and this crazy bunch are enjoying the ride!

All these images come from American adverts from the 1940s and 50s.
A time when the U.S. of A was at its peak, cruising on the post-war confidence of a global super-power. 

And although these ads show that super-confident vibe, they still manage to look slightly sinister at the same time. 
Then, taking them out of their context and putting them all together they look even more so!! 
Maybe it's those fixed white-toothed smiles glaring at you?!

Have a nice day y'all!!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

GRETA GARBAGE

I've gone a bit collage crazy this week, so welcome to the latest artwork off the ArtPix production line ...


The film icon Greta Garbo, as you've never seen her before, is the main image on here. 

Hence the title GRETA GARBAGE! 

As with all the collages I do, I don't have to explain any message or theme, as its just a combination of pictures I find along the way. I always like to use my own photos somewhere and manipulate any images I cut out, and see where that takes me.
So no artistic waffle here!!!

Incidentally, my photos used here are the Shard in London, with some clunky concrete 70s blocks in the foreground. And the radio pic at the bottom is a treasured ArtPix Family heirloom, bought in Teddington around 1962, this Ferranti radio actually still works!

I've got another collage that I've done this week to show you, so keep an eye out for that.

Meanwhile, I'll carry on plundering the archives for more amazing pictures to use.  

Monday, 2 October 2017

IN THE SOUP!

Here is my latest creation ...
Another of my slightly surreal collages ...



As with my last space-invader-inspired collage, there are loads of famous faces to be seen.
Spot them before they get eaten up, as they are literally 'in the soup'!!

This one actually started out as a real-life decoupage artwork, but the original cut-out bits and pieces were all just slightly the wrong size.
So I ended up scanning everything in and doing the whole thing in Photoshop.
A bit of a shame as I've really enjoyed doing the decoupages recently and getting away from digital.

Never mind, I still have all those carefully cut-out pix, so I can use them for something else!

If anyone is interested, the main picture and flying soup tin come from an advert in a Belgian magazine from 1965, flogging a scary looking green soup from the Dutch company Unox. 
They started life in 1937 selling meat products and branched out into soups in 1957. The company is still going strong today.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

BEAM ME UP SCOTTY!

Calling all STAR TREK fans ...

I've got some fantastic retro STAR TREK ANNUALS from the 1970s, especially for you!!!

Boldly go to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset and live long and prosper whilst reading these Sci-fi classics.

They all have spectacularly cheesy front covers, in true 70s style, and are packed with cartoon strips featuring all the heroes from the series.

Check them all out here first, then zoom down to West Bay and snap them up. 

It would highly illogical not to!!








Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A DAY IN LONDON

This week I trooped up to London for the day. Having left my job in the big smoke 6 months ago, it's nice to go back as a casual visitor now.

I jumped in the jalopy and motored up the M3 to Kempton Park racecourse for the Sunbury Antiques Market.
It was the first time I'd ever been to this magnificent event, but I'll definitely be going back!!
There were stalls sprawling everywhere, with all sorts of amazing vintage goodies! It reminded me of the fantastic flea market at Shepton Mallet.

This was a bit of a reccie for me, as I want to expand the ArtPix Empire to trade at these sorts of shows. The only drawback is I'll need a nice big van!!

After that I left the car and hopped on the train to Waterloo. Was funny tootling along the line through places like Teddington and Kingston as some of the ArtPix Clan lived in these parts and I was born not far away as well!

Whilst in town I went to one of my all-time favourite places ... the National Portrait Gallery. I've been there hundreds of times, but never get bored of it. It's often their small, tucked away exhibitions that are the best, and this time there was another gem ...

A Century of Photography 1840-1940
Some intelligently selected examples of portrait photography. Each with their usual immaculately descriptive captions explaining the experimental techniques used, a brief biography of the photographer and of the subject. I read every word and stared at each picture for ages!



One of the photos on show, a brilliant portrait showing one of Queen Victoria's gardeners and his wife. I just can't believe it is 163 years old. 
'The old gardener Simpson ... and his wife' by George Washington Wilson 1854.
© National Portrait Gallery

Stunning portrait of Tilly Losch, an Austrian dancer, choreographer, actress and painter. 
By Emil Otto (E.O.) Hoppé 1928.
© E.O. HoppĂ© Collection/Curatorial Collection Inc.


I then had a peak at another fave of mine, the little side-street around the corner called Cecil Court.
I've always loved peering into the windows of the shops, selling antiques, books, posters and prints.
One or two of them have disappeared or changed slightly over the years, and I wonder how long they can hang on. It seems to be an oasis of calm down there, in amongst the tourists and chaos of central London.

After a bite to eat and meandering down Whitehall towards Westminster, it was onto the District Line to Fulham Broadway. Another reason for my trip was having a ticket for the Chelsea v Qarabag match. 

My visits to Stamford Bridge have sadly dwindled in the last few years, the price and availability of tickets being a major issue. But I still get that massive thrill getting out the tube and seeing a wall of blue and white. Despite the money and the fact football just isn't the same anymore, I still feel a strange sense of history and of ghosts as I walk down Fulham Road. 
Picking up the essential CFCUK fanzine along the way, you can pick out all the old buildings and the remnants of the original Shed End terrace, built in 1905. I wonder if anyone else can feel the ghosts of the past when they walk to the ground?


One of the ghosts?
This is Jack Harrow on a Pinnace Card from the early 1920s. Jack played 333 games for Chelsea between 1911 and 1926.


After a 6-0 win, (different from when I first used to go and see them!), I picked my way through the crowds to the tube and got back to the car in driving wind and rain. After a dramatic drive home through the rain, spray and murk, I arrived back in Portland in the early hours and stood and stared at the sea as it crashed on to Chesil Beach in the howling wind. An incredible and slightly unsettling experience in the pitch black, and a brilliantly unusual way to finish the day.