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Krink and Grog

Flowerclava

Flowerclava

Well I've been discovering the beauty of Krink and Grog paint in squeezy bottles. This has led to my Cara Balaclava series getting experimented on. This series started from some photographs I took of Cara Delevingne wearing a balaclava at London Fashion Week. I've thrown her disembodied head and hand into a variety of fantasy outer space backgrounds. I wasn't happy after seeing the first screen prints as the image just sank into the vibrant backgrounds. I needed to work on raising the central character out of the background.

before the paint pens got to work

before the paint pens got to work


Now in the final stages, I'm adding big blobs of paint that are spread around with a smaller nibbed pen to make flowers based on the Lily. This work is influenced by the classic scene in the War film Full Metal Jacket - I'm watching it while I paint. In this scene, "Joker" played by Matthew Modine defends the Art on his helmet to a foolish Colonel - saying It reflects the duality of Man, the Jungian thing.

To me, the balaclava has the reputation of being an aggressive hat and the flower is a peaceful shape. So I though they would explode together. An abundant conflict is formed.

A Cosmic Flower explodes on the scene

A Cosmic Flower explodes on the scene

I've also made a simpler cartoon flower with fried egg qualities. 

Flower Balaclava - being playful painting aggressive hats and peaceful flowers

Flower Balaclava - being playful painting aggressive hats and peaceful flowers