Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Accident posters

Tom Ekersley
I really like these health and safety posters from the 40s and 50s ; dealing with in many cases mundane problems like worn tools and not wearing safety gear - but great and inspired pieces of graphic design. The posters were commissioned by the Royal society for the prevention of accidents and would have been hung in factories and dockyards etc, and like most posters of the era were throwaway items so few survive now.
Abram Games
Tom Ekersley
Arnold Rothholtz
Tom Ekersley
Arnold Rothholtz
Tom Ekersley
Manfred Reiss
Robin Day, 1950s. Robin is better known as one of Britain's most successful mid century furniture designers including his plastic moulded polyprop chair which sold in millions.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Painting over the Thames

I'm working on aerial paintings of the Thames now, based on photos taken on the helicopter ride with Neil Pinkett last summer. I'm really feeling the amazing history of these sites as I'm painting them, how much the architecture use has changed while the old river has kept plodding by. Back in the first half of last century this was a bustling port with hundreds of wharfes bringing in cargo from all over the world, with thousands of dockyard cranes working away day and night. By the 60s and early 70s this had all but died out, and the beautiful warehouse buildings were demolished or converted into very expensive apartments. Now much of the riverbank has been converted to soul-less money making apartment blocks and the river is little used. A reflection of changing times and fortunes.

Reading this you might think I don't like London, but its not that at all - in a lot of ways I'm just more attracted to its past than its present.

45x45cm acrylic on board

45x45cm ,acrylic on board (HMS Belfast)

Andre Derain -the pool of London 1908.

Pool of London 1930

This was a painting I found in a 2nd hand shop, of a BOAC airliner flying over 50s/60s London with all the old wharfes in use.

Frank Mason - the tower of London, 1938

HMS Belfast with the Shard shadow.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

recent paintings

Double mount 60x30 cm

I'm working hard at the moment on aerial view paintings of Cornwall and London for a show in april. Looking at my aerial photos of London its all so grey ! Grey roofs, pavements, murky brown Thames - but I love all the grids and symmetry of the achitecture so will heighten it with a bit of colour I think....

One thing the Thames does have is great shadows across it from the tall towers.

Mounts bay autumn 90x90 cm