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.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

RAILWAY TICKETS

Have made a little collage out of some vintage railway tickets I bought recently ...


They are actually tickets with a difference! Apart from a couple of them, they are all tickets for restored railway lines running steam trains.

Many dating back to the early 70s, they include the Festiniog Railway in Wales, the Bluebell Railway and the brilliantly named Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society.

I've framed it up and I'm hoping it will prove a nice present for someone who appreciates vintage steam trains. 

You'll be able to find it in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset.

But hurry up as this is a complete one off!!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

BLACK VELVET ART

I recently acquired this rather striking painting.
Little did I know that it would open up a whole new world I never knew existed ...


Black Velvet Art is exactly what it says on the tin ... images painted onto black velvet material.

The idea was that it enhanced the brightest colours on the rich, dark background and boosted the overall dramatic effect.


It appears that Mexico in the 1970s was a particular hotspot for it, and the tourist industry in America lapped it up.


I love the unusual quality and texture this painting has. Its got a very 60s/70s feel to it and the quirkiness is extended by placing it in a dark, antique frame which would've been at odds with the times it was painted in.


Although this picture doesn't especially look it, a quick look online revealed that Black Velvet Art is very much ensconced in the world of 'KITSCH'!

The genre is famous for, and often looked down upon, for its incredibly cheesy subject-matter. 

Really badly done portraits of Elvis Presley, semi-naked women and for some reason, unicorns are popular themes!!!

I guess that could mean, at any time in the future, someone, somewhere in the media/art/hipster world will decide Black Velvet Art is THE next essential, ironic must-have item.

So watch this space!!!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

REV CO PIX!

Had a magnificent night at the REVOLTING COCKS' 02 Academy Islington gig!!!
This was a proper gig, with a proper crowd, all wearing a fine array of classic band t-shirts!!!

The set was split in two, first up was RICHARD 23 fronting the Big Sexyland album songs. The Front 242 legend was just perfect, with his trademark energy and delivery. 



CHRIS CONNELLY then bounded on stage and ripped into a fantastic rock star performance! Flailing around all over the place, he had huge stage presence and gave the sleazy and hilarious Beers, Steers and Queers album new life.



All the while bass player PAUL BARKER, resplendent in a very smart suit, gave the sound an astonishing extra edge, contrasting the electronics with a dirty great bass.


Unfortunately there was no LUC VAN ACKER, but the night was a memorable one. Just seeing these musicians and thinking of all the insane amounts of amazing music they've been part of over the last 30 years, just makes you smile!





Special thanks to Carya Gish for the photos!!

Friday, 25 August 2017

REV CO

The combined forces of ArtPix and Arcane Publishing are having a staff outing to London to see the REVOLTING COCKS!!!!



If anyone out there has a penchant for Wax Trax era Industrial music or simply enjoys a good stomp, then this is the show for you!!!!

Although they are actually 'THE COCKS', as this is a slightly unofficial version of the original band. 
They will be performing the classic BIG SEXYLAND album from 1987, but looks like a few other tunes are sneaking into the set.



The warped, sample-led EBM/Industrial mayhem, was an eye-popping moment in the history of alternative music, and NO DEVOTION remains one of my all-time fave songs.

Also, those involved tomorrow are quite simply some of the best musicians ever. I've seen them many times with their other bands, RICHARD 23 in Front 242, PAUL BARKER with Ministry, CHRIS CONNELLY with Ministry/Damage Manual/Pigface etc, and this will be the first time I've actually seen LUC VAN ACKER on stage.

CAN'T WAIT!!!!



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

NEW STOCK!

I've been digging deep into the ArtPix Stockroom for more retro goodies!!
Get down to my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset to check it all out. 

My new RETRO FOOTBALL designs, on greeting cards, are already selling like hot cakes, so hurry up!!!
Old faves including LIVERPOOL, MAN UTD and CHELSEA, have now been joined by my brand new cards featuring ASTON VILLA, BIRMINGHAM CITY, WEST BROM and WOLVES.


New ASTON VILLA collage now in stock!!

BIRMINGHAM CITY

WEST BROM

WOLVES

Carrying on the football theme ... This is a one of my very popular RETRO FOOTBALL packages. Featuring ARSENAL, you get a great selection of bits and pieces, with 3 original programmes, a rare Press Teamsheet from 1987, an A4 print of one of my original ARSENAL designs, plus a fridge magnet and a card with Gunners legend Charlie George.

Here are a few piccies of some of my other carefully selected stock ...

Brilliant 1960s desk calendar, simple but really cool design!

An unusual 1950s Dominoes for the Blind game in original tin box. Each piece has raised numbers, to make it easy to identify each piece.


Play bingo 1950s style!! This lovely game has loads of cards, and gorgeous wooden numbers, with cardboard counters to place on the card as you get each number. BINGO!! 

A classic Mabel Lucie Attwell annual from 1960. It has loads of her trademark cute illustrations!

A random selection of Beatles singles! Three are from a Singles Collection boxset from 1976, while there is an original Magical Mystery Tour single from 1967, that was part of an EP. Might interest some fans and collectors?!

An absolute must for all fans of Liverpool FC. A copy of the totally legendary You'll Never Walk Alone single by Gerry and the Pacemakers!!

This is great, 4 episodes on vinyl from the very first series of the classic sitcom, Steptoe & Son! It dates from 1962 and is a superb memento of this brilliant programme.

If Punk is more your bag, then we have The Ruts' epic Babylon's Burning on original 7" single, from 1979!

This was 70s telly at its finest!! Now read all about it in the 1978 annual! 


Everyone knows this game! This is a complete and original version from 1966.

Another cool addition to the ArtPix unit is this fantastic retro Doctor Who poster printed on to canvas. It measures 80cm x 60cm!

See you down there in West Bay!!!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

EYPE OF STONES!

I discovered a mini Stonehenge down on the beach at the village of Eype in Dorset.



This heap of stones (hence the awful pun!), had been lovingly put together by someone who had a real eye for design and detail. The original Stonehenge makers would've been impressed by this stone creation! 





I hope it stays there a little while longer for more people to enjoy!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

RETRO BIRMINGHAM CITY

Here is the last of my Midlands Retro Football collages ...

BIRMINGHAM CITY

Feast your eyes on this Blues bonanza!!




The Blue half of Birmingham started life as Small Heath Alliance in 1875, and after a few name changes settled on Birmingham City in 1943.

As Small Heath they were the founding members and first Champions of the 2nd Division in 1892/93.
Since then they've gone on to win another four 2nd Division titles, and agonisingly been runners-up in the F.A. Cup twice.

Major success finally arrived by clinching the League Cup in 1963, and again in 2011, with exciting runs to consecutive Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals in 1960 and 1961, worthy of a mention.

Blues legend TREVOR FRANCIS is the main man on this collage. He was a teenage wonder back in 1970, making his debut at 16, and he never looked back, going on to score over a 100 goals for Birmingham and play for England. 
Sensationally, Trev was then the first £1Million British player, when signing for Nottingham Forest in 1979. He's best known for his winning goal in the European Cup Final that year with Forest, but his most consistent goalscoring form was with the Blues. He even came back as manager and got them to the final of the League Cup in 2001.

Here he is below, and as ever keep an eye out for these other bits on the collage ...

Trevor Francis in his classic Blues kit of the early 70s
Retro pin badge, dating from the 70s.

Two brilliant cigarette cards of Harry Hibbs, a goalkeeper who served Birmingham and England with distinction from 1924-1939, playing 389 games for the Blues and gaining 25 caps for England. He also played in the F.A. Cup Final of 1931. 
The top card is from the 1920s and other, with the superb caricature drawn by the artist Mac, dates from 1935. 

This is the current Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers Association, Gordon Taylor, seen here in his playing days! He turned out for Birmingham as a winger in the early 70s.

I hope you've enjoyed these four brand new collages of mine featuring all the major Midlands clubs.

My full list of RETRO FOOTBALL collages now reads like this:

ARSENAL
ASTON VILLA
BIRMINGHAM CITY
CHARLTON ATHLETIC
CHELSEA
CRYSTAL PALACE
EVERTON
LEICESTER CITY
LIVERPOOL
MANCHESTER CITY
MANCHESTER UNITED
NEWCASTLE UNITED
QUEENS PARK RANGERS
SOUTHEND UNITED
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
WEST HAM UNITED
WOLVES

I'm currently making new greetings cards of these teams, with a revamped design, to go in my unit at The Customs House in West Bay, Dorset. I'll let you know when they are ready!

Next on my list might be LEEDS UNITED and NOTTINGHAM FOREST, although I'd like to have a crack at the two Glasgow giants, CELTIC and RANGERS.

Stay tuned for more news!!!