Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Elephant Parade Singapore Grand Auction

The hugely popular Elephant Parade Singapore is nearing it's end. All 162 elephants will be on view at the Botanical Gardens from 8th-11th January.
The Grand Auction will be spread across 3 sessions on Thursday 12th and Saturday 14th January

My elephant 'Love Song' is lot number 98 in the final auction at 4.30-7.30pm at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore.
If you would like to attend the Auction or bid on an elephant there is more information on the website at http://http://elephantparade.com/cities/singapore-2011/auction
Elephant Parade Singapore is raising money to save the endangered Asian Elephant and help preserve it's natural habitat. To date they have donated more than 4 million euros to this cause, mainly supporting the Elephant Family's project and others .

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Love Song at Singapore Zoo

Thanks to Elephant Parade Singapore for these lovely pics of Love Song at Singapore Zoo!

I also spotted lots of mini Love Songs's amongst the herd at the Elephant Parade shop at Tangs Department Store!

Good luck to Elephant Parade Milan with their auction this week.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Elephant Parade Singapore launched today

The Elephant Parade Singapore went public today when 162 stunning elephants arrived on the streets of the city. They will be on display for 2 months before being auctioned by Sotheby's in January 2012 to raise money for Asian Elephant conservation projects.

All 162 elephants will be brought together for a spectacular goodbye event at the Singapore Botanical Gardens 8th-11th January. For the latest news updates go to:

I'm very honoured that my elephant 'Love Song' has been sponsored by one of the parade's charity patron's BLES. The Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary, is an inspirational project in Thailand, founded by a remarkable young British woman Katherine Conner who set up the sanctuary in 2005 in memory of a courageous baby elephant Boon Lott.
'Love Song' will be on display at Singapore Zoo, which I'm really delighted about!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

'Love Song' for the Singapore Elephant Parade, work in progress.

My latest elephant 'Love Song' had to share the studio with my gorilla 'Blackbeard Silverback' for a couple of weeks in the summer, who has now happily found a wonderful new home after the 'Wow Gorillas' Auction recently which raised a massive total of £427,000. A huge thank you to the lovely family who so generously donated £10,000 to buy him, which goes to support two charities, Gorilla conservation and 'Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal'.

The Singapore Elephant Parade goes out in public in a couple of weeks. Here are some photos of the work in progress. I chose to use mainly Asian birds in the design to highlight the need to conserve the Asian habitat to help save Asian Elephants, but couldn't resist including a few of the tropical African birds they also have at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore...like the Lovebirds who inspired the name of my elephant!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blackbeard Silverback to follow in Roselephant's footsteps

Today I gave 'Blackbeard Silverback' a wash and brush up before he follows in Roselephant's footsteps to visit London. He'll be going with some of his friends to spend the week near Tower Bridge and City Hall on the Southbank from 16th- 22nd Sept.http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/popular-gorilla-army-descends-on-london

All 61 gorillas will then be displayed at Bristol Zoo from 24th-28th Sept before they are auctioned on 29th Sept. http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/goodbye-gorillas

Money raised at the auction will go to support vital gorilla conservation work and local charity 'Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal'.
If you missed David Attenborough's fantastic programme 'Gorillas Revisted a few days ago, catch it on iplayer ....

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Garden prints on show at Galleries Shop and Cafe

I have a number of prints in my Happy Garden series on display at the Galleries Shop & Cafe in Freshford. The Galleries is a community shop run by local volunteers and exhibits work by local artists. They were kind enough to sponsor one of the pigs I created for King Bladud's Pigs in Bath, Country Pignic, who is now happily residing on the terrace of the shop.
For more information about the shop visit http://galleriesshop.co.uk/
My limited edition giclee prints will be on show until October.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Elephant Parade is going to Singapore

The Elephant Parade is now heading to Singapore!
100 individually designed elephants will adorn the streets of the Lion City from 11/11/11. They will be auctioned in January 2012 by Sotheby's to raise money in aid of the Asian Elephant Conservation projects throughout Asia.This will be the 9th Elephant parade worldwide which has seen well over 500 elephants painted, sculpted or decorated by hundreds of artists,designers and celebrities.

I was so excited having finished my elephant for the Copenhagen Parade earlier this year to be asked to design one for Singapore. I took my inspiration from the Jurong Bird Park, which is dedicated to conservation and the largest bird park in the world.

My elephant is called 'Love Song' after the love birds on the face and to remind us that we need to love our natural world, to love elephants. It has a spiral of a huge variety of colourful birds, which represents the need to conserve a wide variety of species in the wild to help sustain the natural habitat. There are red ribbons making heart shapes, and at the top of the spiral is a legendary
phoenix to also symbolise love and good luck.

Find out more about the Elephant Parades at http://elephantparade.com/

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sport becomes Art series for Art at the Edge

This is the first working maquette for my swimmer. I've modelled the form from wire and plaster. It's a work in progress and I've already changed the shape for the mark 2 to make it less abstract. The piece draws a visual parallel between elite swimmers and marine life, like fish or dolphins. If you watch Olympic and Paralympic swimmers they seem to have a different relationship with the water to us ordinary mortals!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Wow Gorillas out in Bristol

'Blackbeard Silverback' was unveiled at Arnos Vale Cemetery by children from St Phillips Marsh Nursery School, who brought along their own mini gorilla to meet his big brother! Both Gorillas were generously sponsored by Bristol Blue Glass. http://bristol-glass.co.uk/xcart/home.php?cat=

The children, several of them dressed as pirates for the occasion, gave him a fantastic welcome to his summer home at Arnos Vale Cemetery.

The 'Wow Gorillas' project celebrates Bristol Zoo Gardens 175th anniversary, and the sculptures will be out for the public to view until early September. They will then be auctioned to raise money for Gorilla conservation projects and the Bristol Charity 'Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.' http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/wow-gorillas

Arnos Vale Cemetery run a variety of activities for children including 'Name the Gorilla' and 'Gorilla Colouring' Competitions http://www.arnosvale.org.uk/index.php/whatson/latestevents

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mosha the world at your feet says Hi to Copenhagen

The Elephant Parade Copenhagen hit the streets on June 1st.
100 stunning elephant designs can be seen all over the city until 25th August.

'Mosha the World at your feet', kindly sponsored by Copenhagen Zoo is situated at Nyhavn. She says Hi to Copenhagen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1NzxggnZsw

She will be auctioned on 8th September and miniature versions are for sale on the Elephant Parade website and in Gallery Stores in Copenhagen, to support the Elephant Family charity which works to save the endangered Asian Elephant.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gorilla latest

Well I think I've finished painting 'Blackbeard Silverback' aka 'Ed'...after Edward Teach!
Varnishing starts tomorrow!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bristol Gorilla progress

Day 10

Day 9

I'm nearly there with the painting, the main area left to do is the treasure chest on the chest!
Then a good few coats of varnish.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bristol Gorilla update more

Day 7

Day 8

Progress seems rather slow now I'm putting more coats of paint on and neatening up, so it's hard to see the difference some days!
It's fun doing the details though. The sea monsters are intended to echo tattoo's because he's a sea faring gentleman!
My sponsor is Bristol Blue Glass and apart from the lovely ultramarine blue colour I've added a message in a bottle...of Bristol Blue Glass of course...haven't decided what the message is!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More Bristol Gorilla update

Day 5

Day 6

Haven't had full days painting and it get's harder to work at a good pace as you get into the more detailed painting, but I'm trying to keep going reasonably fast. My elephant is watching!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bristol Gorilla update

Day 4

Day 3

Still frantically painting.
The sculpture has such character..he's taken over my studio!

Until you have the sculpture in front of you, it's impossible to design for the areas underneath and between legs etc. ...... I decided to keep the same level of detail going...must have been mad!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gorilla update

I'm getting stuck into painting my gorilla, the surface isn't quite a big as the elephant but it's more curved!

Here are some pics of my progress since Friday.

Day two

Day one

Arrival...move over ele!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Gorilla for Bristol

I only learnt a few days ago that my design for a Gorilla in the Wild in Art 'Wow Gorilla's' project organised by Bristol Zoo has been sponsored by Bristol Blue Glass. Terrific News!

My design echoes Bristol's sea port origins. He's called 'Blackbeard Silverback' being loosely based on the pirate 'Blackbeard' Edward Teach who was thought to have come from Bristol and was renowned for looking fearsome, with his long beard tied in bands and lighted tapers burning in his hair! The 'silverback' is covered in silver coins ...which used to be produced by the Bristol mint. The blue black hair and water in characteristic Bristol blue glass colour is teaming with sea monsters!

I'll be very busy over the next few weeks as my elephant for Singapore only arrived earlier this week too!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Singapore Elephant Parade

I'm absolutely delighted to have been asked to create another design for an elephant, this time for the Singapore Elephant Parade in November.
The 5' high elephant is arriving next week and I'll be working on the painting while I have my studio open to the public during the Newbridge Arts Trail, 10am-4pm on 7th and 8th May.

This elephant is called 'Love Song' as it's a celebration of colourful Asian birds, inspired by both the exotic native birds of Singapore and one of the largest collections of birds in the world at the Jurong bird park Singapore.

Friday, April 8, 2011

I'll be opening my studio for the Newbridge Arts Trail 7th and 8th April.
More details on the website www.newbridgearttrail.com

Friday, February 25, 2011

Mosha going to Copenhagen

I was thrilled to learn that 'Mosha the world at your feet' will be located at Copenhagen Zoo who have sponsored her during the Copenhagen Elephant Parade this summer from 1st June to 25th August. I've finished painting and she will be off very soon.

Goodbye Mosha, and good luck, I'll miss you, but it'll be nice to gain an elephant size space in my studio!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mosha the World at your feet

This is my mini version of 'Mosha The World at your feet'. The Elephant Parades sell beautiful hand painted minitaures in different sizes. These will be painted by artists in Thailand and they need the miniture copy done by the big elephant artists, to be a master copy.
It was strange swapping to tiny brushes to do this 20cm high version and then going back to 'jumbo' brushes!..ha...sorry!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Copenhagen Elephant Parade

I've started painting my elephant. Mosha the world at your feet.....early days! She's already a well travelled elephant . I don't know where she started from but she was shipped into London has made it to Bath and will be off to Copenhagen later in the spring. http://elephantparade.com/

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Look what Santa brought, it was too big for my stocking!

I don't know how he fitted it in the sleigh but Santa brought me a very large present this year! I've christened her 'Mosha the world at your feet' after the baby Elephant called Mosha who had lost a foot to a landmine and was the original inspiration for the Elephant Parades. My Mosha is destined for Copenhagen for their parade later this year. All I have to do is paint her now!