Where: London, United Kingdom
How he fell into it…It started when I fell off a chair at my Mum's hairdressing salon – one of those barber shop chairs – when I was about eight. After I fell, I was pretty shaky and an assistant sat me down and gave me some paper and asked if I could draw something – it was a Tom Johnston in the News of the World. Before that I didn't really draw. I was pretty average at everything. My Mum soon realised that this was one of the only things that I really loved doing. She used to get secretary-friends that would come to the salon to bring me old computer paper with the holes in it. Every week she would get me an A4 pad from Sainsburys. There's not much I do. But whatever I decide to do, it consumes me. I'm pretty much like my dad in this way. We're like that. With me, it was either drawing or basketball. Nothing else.
Drawing…I've just always done what I liked doing. I draw because I like to draw. When I don’t want to draw, I just don’t draw. I think it’s held me back, money-wise. Other people are happy working as illustrators. If someone sent them a brief, like draw this guy skateboarding for this advert, they can do it. I haven’t got anything against that but I can’t do it the same way and whenever I did do it I didn’t feel comfortable with the drawings. That’s why in the Bahamas, where I was resident at Popop Studios in Nassau, I went back to just drawing again. I’d forgotten how to just draw for the love of drawing.
most things by Spike Jones', I get jealous of but this in particular or anything by Wes Anderson
And anything by Wes Anderson!
Drawing/painting…I did loads of characters but never did stories that were ever more than a page. I've always liked clothes. I'd try and design my own basketball clothes or T-Shirts. Or I'd draw on things and magazines, which all started at my mum's hair salon. I recently painted my mum's place – the entire salon. It was filmed and everything. I was really ignorant thinking that no one would get it in Meanwood (Leeds). The response totally blew me away. It was insane and made me think twice. Every time I went there I thought the salon looked shit and it made me embarrassed and upset me – I was going round different countries painting offices and studios and what ever and I couldn't even paint my mum's shop. It took me three days. It was full on. It was the first time that she'd seen me do what I do.
Future…I want to put out a few short films maybe the next show I have will be purely moving image. I also think I'll go back to playing basketball. I don't do any exercise these days so I think I better start. Also, I keep meaning to buy a new microwave. I may do that. Reckon I can just pick a cheap one up from Argos.
Latest Exhibition…Season of The Witch is my new exhibition. The name doesn't directly come from the Donovan song even though I do love it. It actually comes from something I heard Martin Scorcese talk about. He wanted to orginally call Mean Streets 'Season of the Witch' but he was then told it sounded too pretentious. I thought, 'Well, it sounds OK for me'.
The work is all drawing and painting. It's my most honest show of drawings I did in the Bahamas and styles I developed after my 18 month hiatus. I kind of disapeared last year. I lived in different cities around the world because I didn't know what I was doing anymore. I had lost my direction and looked for a new way of looking at things.
Advice…Sometimes you just have to cowboy it
Season of The Witch
Thursday 11 June 2009
6.00pm – 9.00pm
47 Lambs Conduit Street