The Route to The End

Today, September 23rd 2016, the Neurosis album Fires Within Fires gets released, if I were to say I am excited, it would be a huge understatement. I wanted to share some of the art that was created during the whole process. Neurosis is a band that has influenced my art since I first discovered them, to have come full circle and create images to accompany their music is very surreal, and has been a huge honor.

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Here is the final cover, all hand painted, no photoshop or digital retouching, it is part of a larger piece that is 15 x 30″ – ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper. Before I show the finished pieces that make up the cover and album packaging I wanted to show a sample of the pieces that were created during the journey to the final art.

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August 26th 2015, this was the very piece that struck a chord with the band, I had made this by chance, to get the creative process started. I had shown it to them randomly, I think this piece was the one that I turned to for inspiration later on to create some of the final works.

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After sketching many trees and trying to associate symbols with one of the bands songs – Doorway, which is a song that has always stuck with me. (Having not heard any new material as it was not yet recorded I turned to some of my personal favorites of theirs). This tree was sketched as a warm up before starting a more complex painting, as you can see it hosted themes that became focal points of the finished art.

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After making a lot of different sketches and pieces I had to return to the original first piece I created, just adding some layers and textures, I think I had to assert to myself that it was ok to go with ideas from the ‘accidental’ first pieces.

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This was another piece, where I allowed myself to keep the work simple and play with layout and texture.

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This piece was the beginning of what became the back of the LP cover.

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Before I show the finished paintings, I want to show the sketch of these two elements, they were secondary sketches for some of the main symbols on the record.

 

FINAL ART

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A – Front and Back Gatefold Cover, 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.neurosis-lettering

Detail 1 of A.

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Detail 2 of A.

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Detail 3 of A.heart

B – Interior Gatefold, 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.heart-detail

Detail 1 of B.heart-texture

Detail 2 of B.5-circles

C – Lyric sheet Image, CD face and Vinyl LP labels 15 x 30″  ink, gouache, acrylic and charcoal on paper.pyramid-sunsetDetail 1 of C.circles

Detail 2 of C.

And there you have it, a journey that has allowed me to make something for a group of people that I never would have thought possible. Thank you to Neurosis for their trust and to all the bands that have trusted me and my art as the visual accompaniment to their music, to their art. A special thanks to both Tombs and Doomriders, bands who trusted me and used my work many years ago before I had really shown any of my non tattoo art publicly, these records I feel paved the way to me making art for musicians on a regular basis.

The Finished LP

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All of my Neurosis related work can be purchased here https://neurotrecordings.merchtable.com/artists/neurosis

Thank you!

Origins of Solitude – Nepenenthes NYC january 17th 2012.

It is impossible for me to express my gratitude to all the people who came out Tuesday night to see the opening, it was overwhelming, below I am going to try and give a brief overview of the work Exhibited in Origins of Solitude, thank you for looking.

I took a few pictures of the art before it was hung, they aren’t great shots but you’ll get the idea. This was my first solo show and I found it really difficult to create a full and varied body of work, in total I created 30 individual pieces for the show but in the end we narrowed it down to 24. I gave 1 to Abdul for helping and curating the exhibition, he was and is the man who made this happen. the other 5 I have hung at the shop and will do so until they sell (I will post pictures of them later on). I think the larger works where the most challenging, I took the approach of using them to create atmosphere adding strength to the smaller pieces.

These first three where painted with acrylic and ink, with a little acetone xerox transferring for pattern layout. they are on l’aquarelle 1198lb 40 x 60″ cold press paper. (I haven’t put any watermarks on the images so you get to fully see them, please feel free to re post them but also please give credit where appropriate, thanks!)

Celestial Horizon A – Ink, Acrylic and Xerox on Paper
40 x 60 inches

Celestial Horizon B – Ink, Acrylic and Xerox on Paper
40 x 60 inches

Celestial Horizon C – Ink, Acrylic and Xerox on Paper
40 x 60 inches

These next three are 24 x35 Arches 300lb cold pressed paper, they were created after looking at Shuzo Takiguchi’s Decalcomanias. I had been working with and looking at decalcomanias for a while but upon seeing his work I was really moved. I subsequently used them as a starting point for this exhibition – the title Origins of Solitude comes from one of his pieces, Origin of Solitude, 1962.

Origins of Solitude A – Ink and Acrylic on Paper
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Origins of Solitude B – Ink and Acrylic on Paper
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Origins of Solitude C – Ink and Acrylic on Paper
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These next three I created as an experiment, I wanted to work with the concept of creating some images that looked like fabric patterns, so I had a series of digitally created tessellating patterns giclee printed onto 62×42 arches cold pressed 180lb paper. I then hand colored and disrupted them to give an abstract overlay.

Abstract Horizons A – Hand colored single edition giclee print
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Abstract Horizons B – Hand colored single edition giclee print
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Abstract Horizons C – Hand colored single edition giclee print
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The previous large paintings were used to complement the latter framed paintings, these are all of varying size (I forgot to measure before hanging the show…)

For these I used a varied selection of combined techniques, decalcomania printing, acetone xerox transfers, acrylic mediums and sumi ink washes. All these were framed in antique frames from the 1920’s-40’s, collected over the past year – I used these frames to give the individual paintings a rougher yet more complete feel.

There were also two framed prints from an edition I will be selling on Artifact very soon, these framed ones where the first in the editions and are for sale at the gallery.

Rorshach Decalcomania Hexahedron Letterpress
17.5 x24.5 Edition of 20 signed and numbered

Rorshach Decalcomania Mandala Silkscreen
22 x 30 Edition of 100 signed and numbered

The Exhibtion will be on display untill the middle of Febuary, for any info please contact the gallery –

Nepenthes New York

307 West 38th St.
New York, NY 10018
212 643 9540
shop@nepenthesny.com

And last but not least here are some shots from the opening night taken by the talented KOKI SATO – http://www.kokisato.viewbook.com

Thank you again to every one who came out, and to all the guys at Nepenthes who made this possible and worked to make it such a great night.

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