43 Paintings, 43 CD sized paintings…

43 Paintings on cardboard CD sized envelopes, 43 paintings painted together, 43 pieces painted at the same time. the beauty of mass production and the repeating of an image.  Acrylic, brushwork, spraypaint, gloss varnish on glossy white cardboard, 13cm x 13cm, January 2018


Back in the last century, besides being out there somewhere painting walls, writing zines, pasting things to things, we were running a rather busy record label.  One of the many releases was a label sampler called Organ Radio Eight (there were 21 Organ Radio compilations, there were the days before the internet really kicked in, things were still mostly physical), this particular release focused on the bands who were then releasing singles or albums via the label, it was 1999, running a record label was more exciting before the days of downloads.  We recent found a batch of the discs in the corner of the studio, too good to just throw in the recycle skip (nothing ever gets thrown out here, everything has a use), the discs nineteen tracks and a whole load of music that (mostly) still stands up nineteen years later. The label was always run in a defiantly underground alternative zine powered art-flavoured D.I.Y way, we’re still rather pleased with most of what it achieved.



And so 43 glossy white cardboard CD envelopes were found, 43 blank white  cardboard CD envelopes. 43 blank canvas pieces were all painted together at the same time at the start of January 2018. Mass produced pop art flavours, red blue yellow and gold, black stars (and a disc that also feature my artwork). Each piece hand painted, numbered and signed on the back, each one with the CD and original insert inside. The 43 paintings/packages will all be on sale via the Cultivate on-line shop (and other outlets) with the discs inside.

Here in 2018 this one piece of work in 43 parts is about the paintings rather than the discs inside (damn fine disc inside though) . 


The final 43 paintings dropped before the end of 2016….

The final #43 piece of 2016, a piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings, leaves, golden ones this time, 43 leaves (although some say they see other things), 43 parts of a piece of work left hanging on walls on the streets (mostly London’s walls and streets) and all before 2016 finally comes to an end…


#43 – A piece of work in 43 parts. 43 paintings hung out on the streets for people to take should they wish to. 43 paintings on things found on the street – pieces of wood, discarded canvases – the things we no longer want. Unwanted things reused and put back as 43 pieces of art, 43 paintings hung out (never dropped, always carefully hung), 43 pieces hung out on walls to be taken.

Once again the paintings will be marked on the back with the #43ArtDrop hashtag so that the finders can interact and others can follow the progress of the piece throughout the rest of December. The hashtag and social media interaction has been an important part of these #43 pieces throughout the year (as it was with 2015’s #365ArtDrops piece). Finders are encouraged to post photos on social media of themselves with their found part of the piece and to tell us where the 43 parts of the piece have ended up….

The first of the 43 parts will be hung out on a wall somewhere near BSMT Space gallery (Dalston, London N16) to coincide with the opening of the Gold show at that fine basement gallery on Thursday December 15th. The final part will be hung out on New Year’s Eve.

The 43 parts of the piece will mostly be “dropped” around the streets of London, there is a good chance one or two might appear slightly further afield during the last two weeks of 2016.