Posts Tagged ‘Lazarides’

A WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE FOR A LITTLE BIT OF WIN

October 17, 2012

‘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

DEAD MEAT – views

April 26, 2012

Dead Meat, Lazarides Gallery March 2nd – April 12th 2012

February 21, 2012

The 3 Wise Men (detail), oil, aerosol and gold leaf on linen, 2012 (photo Ian Cox)

Dead Meat / The Last Supper

January 10, 2012

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.

Death in the Afternoon @ The Minotaur

October 16, 2011

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.

Wednesday Morning Glory – Matador/Minotaur

September 21, 2011

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.

Hell’s Half Acre – The Book

January 7, 2011

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.

Moi.

Doug Foster

Polly Morgan.

New Print – Holy Smoke

December 13, 2010

This is the print I’ve been working on lately – ‘Holy Smoke’, 5 colour screen print and edition of 100 (thats my Christmas shopping sorted). I hand painted each print in gold  first and worked back in to most of them with white before printing so each print will vary slightly. Available here. I’ll try and get a pic of the drawing I based this on up on the blog this week.

The Holy Smoke Quintet – Views

October 12, 2010

Thanks as always to Ian for the photos, Steve laz for the idea and support and everyone at Lazarides for pulling it all together (especially Vic).

The Holy Smoke Quintet

October 12, 2010

These are the 5 pieces I did for Hell’s Half Acre. Our general brief was Dante’s Divine Comedy. We could take from it what we wanted. Given its strong Catholic tone I was quite keen to look at Christianity’s relationship with Islam. I was in Bethlehem and Jerusalem earlier this year and it looks like the Middle East/US/West/Terrorism/Gihad  saga is going to go on for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever so i thought this was the right time to stick my oar in (I might just have solved everything. Through oil paint. Go me). I’ve also been reading up a little on the Crusades, so these paintings are something to do with them.

Also, The Crusades were cooked up by Pope Urban II. I have been called an ‘urban’ artist, so really it was a no-brainer.

Anyway, there are 9 circles in Dante’s vision of hell, each one for various naughty deeds. The 7th Circle is for Violence but the Crusaders would have had to do a fair bit of that, so there you go, a contradiction in the church, who’d a thought. But the figures in these paintings aren’t Crusaders, they’re from a few century’s later. The Knights Hospitaller were a religious military order, originally set up to defend The Holy Land from the Muslims and later became known as the Knights of Malta to do the same job with the invading Ottomans in the 16th Century.

There’s also been a touch of Avarice (greed – 4th Circle) involved in the church over the years, hence my Golden Armada.

I called the series The Holy Smoke Quintet as a light-hearted counter to all the heavy religious business. Sounds like a jazz band. Its also a reference to the Middle East Quartet, a consortium involving the UN, Europe, US and Russia. I think they’re supposed to sort everything out.

The show opened last night and is running for the week. All the allocated time slots are full but keep an eye on the site for more details as its definitely worth coming down to see.


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