Living accommodation in the roof space of a disused factory. East End.
For the last 20 years I have been photographing artist’s studios and various art activities. This started as final project on a BA Photographic course at Westminster University. After I had left the university I took the opportunity to broaden the scope of the work to include activities like tattooing, hairdressing, clothing fashions, car painting etc. Concentrating on the diversity of artwork rather than any idea of quality or type. Visits to the tattoo studios of Lal Hardy (New Wave Tattoos), George Bone, Jon Nott (working in Guildford and Brighton), and Ian of Reading all greatly assisted me with a group of contacts. One contact led to another as people began to talk to their friends about my work. I evolved a way of working that got connections from long chains of friends involved in similar activities. Organisations were avoided as I quickly discovered that they had there own institutional idea about whose artwork represented their collective outlook best. Occasionally I would meet a person who seemed to be at the hub of a huge number of contacts: Mary (I still don’t know her surname), Lal Hardy, the Tattooist, and one or two others. When I started out people had Filofaxes full of useful contacts and shared their knowledge generously with me. The house and studio interiors were the hardest to locate. Most were in housing situations that could be described as temporary or insecure. Almost all of the places shown have been destroyed since being photographed. A little of this work has been exhibited at the Photofusion Gallery in London, in two Southern Arts Touring Exhibitions, and in a few group exhibitions at the Museum of London, and infrequently in magazines and newspapers like the Observer, Independent, and Guardian. Most of the work from the archive has not been been seen by the general public.
The bulk of the work was done in the London area. This is broadly defined as the conurbation and its satellite commuter towns. Over the years increasing traffic congestion has made doing the work more expensive and arduous, yet it still continues. My first online exhibition is about domestic interiors. Should anyone reading this have possible connections with similar people and work that they think I would be interested in, please use the contact form at the end this site to inform me. I have further work that I plan to show:- The Decorated Body. A collection of tattooed people. Companionate Animals.
Ordering prints All of the pictures on show can be purchased as prints and posted in card tubes anywhere worldwide. They are about size A3+ (13x19ins) These, when mounted, comfortably fit into 20×24 inch frames. The proportions of each picture varies slightly as they are cropped to best suit the image. They are printed on cotton rag watercolour paper using pigment inks. The ink manufacturers claim a fade free life of 200 years if properly conserved. Prints cost £80 each unmounted (plus £5 postage from outside the UK). To order a picture contact me by email and quote the image number
Art houses in the London Area
East London Squat
Victorian terraced house suffering from planners blight.
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Camden Flat London
Former Art Student with interior decorations. Based in Camden Town.
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Tottenham kitchen London
Sculptor’s kitchen in Tottenham, North London. Modifying a small conventional Edwardian Tottenham house to make a personal mark on the interior design is a high priority for many young people, This particular photo is in the collection of the Museum of London.
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The previous resident of this tower block flat felt sufficiently insecure when at home had this gate was fitted to the interior to allow the owner to lock herself inside.
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Slade School film maker
Slade school graduate and art film maker. Tower block now demolished.
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Funeral art interior
Funeral decorations in Flat influenced by a V&A exhibition.
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Furniture Designer London
Spanish student with design degree in Furniture from Bucks New University.
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New Romantics Household
New Romantic mother and daughter at home in their Finsbury Park Flat
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Interiors 9 Glass fibre art work.
Sculptor in squat house in East London
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Former Factory Squat London
This circus artist specialised in performing tricks on one rope. His act opened the Millennium Dome
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