From 1999-2000 I was the sole graphic designer for the live music venue and supper club at the Ladbroke’s Casino San Pablo in CA. I designed brochures, weekly fliers, posters, newspaper ads, programs and backlights. Here are some of my favorites from that time.
Back in 1992 I was at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London getting my Public Art degree. For my thesis I explored the issues concerning zoos. During this journey I discovered a gallery that was showing some interesting abstract work. When I realized these pieces were executed by chimpanzees and gorillas I was amazed and intrigued. This led me to a chimp sanctuary in Leicestershire call Twycross Zoo. This zoo houses many former performer chimps that have been used in commercials and movies. The chimps paint in their human like environment for the same reason we paint in our human zoo, for pleasure and escape! I encouraged the zoo owner to allow me the chance to paint with this 4 year old chimp named Flynn. (Pictured below without the green shirt) It was so interesting to watch him with full concentration choose his colors carefully and with deliberate strokes he applied the paint to create some really compelling pieces. One looked like a chimp on his mother’s back strolling through the forest. The other resembled a luscious forest adorned with colorful fruit. Painting with Flynn raised many questions about art and our close relationships with animals. Hey I could go on, however my thesis was very long! One great fact is that when I was painting with Flynn back in 1992 I was told that I was the 2nd artist in the UK to have painted with a chimp and felt really honored for this opportunity.
Here is series 2 for our entry into the finals for the British Hairdresser’s Awards. Our two themes almost won! You can see series 1 here and learn more about the project.
Series 2 – Sealife
The body painting and plastered backdrop were painted with Acrylics. The Coral was created out of sculpted and painted styrofoam. The hair piece was made out of pipe cleaners, wire, colorful hair pieces and Molton Browners.
This look was created with long hair pieces that were styled and applied to sculpted hessian. The plastered backdrop, muslin and body were painted with Acrylics.
This magnificant octopus was created with plumber’s pipe chadding, synthetic hair, hessian and wire. The coral was painted and sculpted styrofoam. The textured plaster backdrop and body were painted with Acrylics.
The whale’s tail was created by wrapping hair around a hessian shape that was made with wire hangers. The body, draped muslin and textured backdrop were all painted with Acrylics.