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Witness Appeal Signs - 2010

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Witness Appeals
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Watercolour and ink on acid free paper (320mm x380mm - framed)

These watercolours are based on sandwich-board style, vinyl lettering signs, which started appearing on the streets of London in 2002. The paintings might be thought of as urban landscapes and as t hey are in portrait format (like the signs they depict), they also act
as portraits of the people affected by or perpetrating the various incidents.

The signs have been quite successful in helping solve crimes, but quite unpopular with the public who live in the neighbourhoods concerned. A kind of public fatigue has set in with the signs, partly because they have become everyday and people often encounter them voyeuristically when passing through an unfamiliar neighbourhood.

In effect, they are tragic stories about actual people and tell us a lot about the cultural situation we live in. The language of these signs is quite specific and when collected together, the tragedy becomes intensified (as does the potential banality).

 




Witness Appeal

Metropolitan Police witness appeal sign - 2005

 

Hostage Situation - 2010
     

hostage framed

 

Hostage situation

 

Hostage Situation 2010 - 37cm x 31cm (framed)
Watercolour and ink on acid free paper

 

Hostage Situation 2010
based on a safety notice for post-office workers

 

Nothing Moments (Gobbledegook) - 2008
     
 

Illustrations for a short story by Tony White for the book project 'Nothing Moments' 2008

Collages, printed then highlighted with spray paint. The final results were re-scanned for for the book and editioning as prints.

Nothing Moments was launched at MOCA, Los Angeles in 2008, with exhibitions of the drawings in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas.

 
Drawing 2 for 'Gobbledegook' (a short story by Tony White) 2008
Ink and spraypaint on watercolour paper (28x20cm)

     
 

 

 
Drawing 1 for 'Gobbledegook' (a story by Tony White) 2008
Ink and spraypaint on watercolour paper (28x20cm)

     

Welbeck Court - 2004
     
triffid court  

 

 

Welbeck Court/Triffid Court 2004. Preparatory sketch for a rain disolved watercolour (29x20cm)
Made for the exhibition - A Temporary monument to David McComb, STUK Kunstcentrum, Leuven.
Several members of the band The Triffids lived in Welbeck Court, London circa 1984-85
Reproduced in Vagabond Holes David McComb and The Triffids - published in 2009
See also: Sculpture - Music in Trees

     
Tree outside  

 

 
Tree outside my window 2002
Digitally painted drawing
 

 

Standard Headlines - 1996
     
Drummer shoots
drummer shoots
 

Art student

 

Art student shoots dead three professors 1996 (with display stand on right)
Inkjet on paper (45x63cm)


 
Drummer shoots band mates 1996
Inkjet on paper (45x63cm)
 

Emergency vehicles - 2001
     
Emergency call  

 

police car

Based on the signage found on the roofs of emergency vehicles.
The reflective letters and symbols on these vehicles are visible from the air (even at night) and designate the function and identity of the vehicles. In the case of the police, the symbols can signify armed response units, traffic police or dog carrying units etc.

 
Emergency vehicle #1. 2001 - Screenprint on paper (100x150cm)
These screen prints were exhibited in Century City at Tate Modern in 2001.

     
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Emergency vehicle #2. 2001 - Screenprint on paper (100x150cm)
These screenprints were exhibited in Century City at Tate Modern in 2001.

     

Lemon Scented - 2008
     
 


Lemon scented 2008
Ink jet on archival paper (50x35cm)

     

Insurance Policy - 1996
     

Insurance Policy
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Insurance policy against abduction by aliens 1996
Official policy document on paper (29x21cm)
For 1 year the artist was insured for £40,000 against abduction by aliens.

     

Confusion Codes - 1994
     
  Confusion codes is a lithographic print edition.
It makes an analogy between Chroma Key blue and International Klein blue.
 
Confusion codes (IKB & CKB) 1994
Edition by Sean Dower and Tutti Quanti, Amsterdam (72x52cm)

     
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