‘A Whole lot of Trouble for a Little bit of Win’ is a new body of work I’ve been concentrating on over the summer. It’s based on my 2nd big photo shoot. Two of the paintings are currently on show at the Lazarides Bedlam exhibition, I’ll have 1 more big piece at the Rathbone later this month and finally I’ll be having a show of drawings and studies at The Outsiders early next year.
Hip hop nerds among you might recognize the title from a recent El P track and I thought it was the perfect sentiment to sum up the ideas in my work over the last few years. Big thanks to Joao Retorta for the behind the scenes film above, Alex De Souza and of course to photographer Eoghan Brennan and models Jaffar, Alan, Louis and Cody.
Fight Club – The Mess We Make. Oil, spray paint and gold leaf on linen, 175cm x 245cm. Photo Ian Cox
Who’s World is This. Oil, spray paint and gold leaf on linen, 175cm x 245cm, 2012. Photo Ian Cox
The 3 Wise Men (detail), oil, aerosol and gold leaf on linen, 2012 (photo Ian Cox)
Here’s a super quick-ass piece I did on Sunday. By far the quickest piece I’ve ever done, infact if I was organized enough I could do one of these on my lunchbreak everyday. But I’m far too much of a hungry man to waste valuable eating time. The piece is part of an exciting film project I’m involved in, and its also an image from my upcoming show at Lazarides in March. More details soon.
Here’s my piece from The Minotaur show, currently running in the Old Vic Tunnels. I was given the brief about a year ago so I was pretty excited about all the possibilities that the Minotaur could bring given my work’s ongoing interest in masculinity, power and ego and all that blah blah blah..
This year I’ve started doing a series of shoots with photographer Eoghan Brennan to use as source material and for this painting I took Ramey’s 1826 sculpture of Thesseus slaying the minotaur as a starting point. I recreated it, replacing Thesseus with Jatinder (an Indian/English mate of mine) and I dressed him up as a matador.
I listen to the news a lot in the studio, and one of the main stories in the last few months as I’ve been thinking about this piece has been the instability in the global markets (I never really understand any of this) and in particular the fragility of the euro. My own country has had no small part to play in the euro’s woes but for the purpose of this painting I liked the symbolism of the Minotaur, that great charachter of Greek and European mythology on his back about to be slayed by the rising Asian economies.
So, you might be aware that lazarides are doing another show in the tunnels underneath Waterloo again this year. Last year’s Hells Half Acre was one of my favourite show I’ve been involved in so I’m super excited about this years Minotaur themed event. I’m just doing one piece as I’m locked down working on next years solo show so I’ll be putting up a few Minataur-themed glories over the next couple of weeks.
Just received my copy of the Hell’s Half Acre book in the post today, mmmm yummy. The book is gorgeous, with photos of the show from all the artists involved.