Hey hey it's Sunday....!
....Here in Australia and I am FINALLY getting around to an update! First and foremost - a big welcome to all my new subscribers and aloha to those of you who've been here for a while too! I am gonna try and keep this shortish and sweetish and not eat up too much of your time. The last few months have been totally crazy and fun and a complete contrast in my own little rainbow art world in which 2016 has been one of my most successful years ever.... what a contrast to world events. First Brexit, now Trump, and goodbyes to Prince and Bowie and now Leonard Cohen. Upon the news, the day after the hamster headed one was voted into office, I sobbed and listened to "Everybody Knows" on repeat. My brother and I were obsessed with that song as kids being afficionados of the awesome teen rebellion flick "Pump Up The Volume". It feels like the political hard right swing is killing off our music heroes who changed culture and made us wierdo artists with rainbow hair feel more excepted.
Anyhoo, firstly, some of you may already know that earlier this year I was commissioned to create a special poster design for the reformed Dresden Dolls tour? The band, consisting Brian Viglione on drums and Amanda Palmer on piano/vocals played 2 shows in Boston and Coney Island. Here I am with my art at the merch stand at the Coney Island Amphitheater!
Amanda backed my Coney Island crowdfunder a few years back and I was lucky enough to be the first artist she thought of to illustrate a commemorative banner for this historic show right on the Coney Island boardwalk. Here's a great shot of the signed, limited edition banner. I hadn't been planning on returning to Coney this summer, but since I had some expiring airmiles, I threw caution to the wind and booked a flight to JFK for the gig! Dresden Dolls fans are a totally amazing breed of rock fan indeed - their famous 'brigade' of mimes, burlesque performers, human birds in cages and striped stocking clad wondergals entertained the crowd - and the merch line up wound around the venue, literally hundreds of fans deep!
My wonderful Greenpoint loft-mates Lawrence and Marck joined us, as well as my Coney Island History Project bestie Amanda, and we had a blast at the gig which saw all The Dolls hits as well as covers of Beastie Boys 'Fight for your right', Black Sabbath's 'Warpigs' and Rage's 'Killing in The Name'. So amazing to see a band I watched a decade ago in tiny London clubs and festival tents, play a huge historic amphitheater to a mega-crowd of thousands.
A massive thrill for me was heading down to Coney the next day to find Dresden Dolls fans in the lineup for The Cyclone and riding The Wonder Wheel in my art on this tshirt!
Almost as much of a thrill as getting to play unofficial Coney Island tour guide to Amanda, her husband Neil Gaiman, their baby Ash, PA Justine and NYC artist Ship Shirey. Here we all are inside the museum at Coney Island USA, who showed us the Sideshow and Freak Bar and all the delights of the big CI.
I filled half of a vintage journal with new sketches of my beloved Coney whilst I was in town, and got the short film Chad and I made included in the 2016 Coney Island Film Festival!
Here I am onstage at the sideshow with the other filmmakers talking about my love of Coney and the painted polaroids that inspired the short film, as well as having a free ride on the El Dorado Bumper Cars with my pal Oswin at the closing ceremony.
Just before I left NYC, my fashion professor friend Kyle and I (friends from London, he now teaches at FIT in NYC) decided to pay homage to our clowns series of 10 years previous. We were lucky enough to collaborate with fantastic Coney Island photographer Laure Leber and sideshow performer Kristen Knapp AKA Wendy Blades, on this beautiful photo series. Here's a few sneakpeaks - I am loving the polaroids! Kyle and I are making art on them as we speak..... watch this space for more info on where this project takes us!
New York..... it continues to be the ultimate city of dreams and inspiration for me. Upon landing home in Australia, I created these 2 new superheroines in conjunction with the launch of "Batman: The Killing Joke" for Roadshow AU (Batgirl) and Season 2 of Supergirl on The CW. Here they are in all their colourful glory:
My feet had barely touched the ground before Chad and I road dtripped down to Sydney with a uteload of rainbow art for The Other Art Fair. It was an incredible 4 days of arty goodness in which we met 8,000 Sydney art enthusiasts, befriended heaps of awesome Aussie artists, sold out a lucky dip of prints, merch and a heap of artworks!
It was a lot of fun watching the reactions to my giant Lost Boys - River Phoenix and Corey Haim. People went crazy for the details and they got a lot of love - we were even featured in The Sydney Morning Herald - read the article here!
Right now I am back in the studio cooking up an AMAZING project for a TOP SECRET client that I really cannot divulge at this stage.... but here's a teeny peek at the colour palette I am using!
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Much love, art and rainbows to you all,