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Hot for green

Hot for green

The colour of money is not always green. But it is green in American comic books that sort of set the standard for what goes on in pop art. This was before pop art took inspiration from Japanese ...

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Art tribes will hang together

Art tribes will hang together

Serendipity is one of the most trusted brands, um, worldwide. By its very definition, serendipity brings us closer together. There have in all probability been thousands of businesses, books and ...

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Amy’s shopping list

Amy’s shopping list

Regarding Dobby, my all-time favorite elf from the Harry Potter movies, I thought, “right what do I have in common with Dobby that makes me see a kindred spirit when he arrives on the scene?” We’...

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I still like to spend real money

I still like to spend real money

Loyalty cards depress me because they are a reminder of a time when one counted coins and literally stored them in a jar under one’s bed. The plastic card is a frugal saving of sorts that really ...

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When art movements die do artists go down too?

When art movements die do artists go down too?

It’s a big privilege and an equally huge frustration to be named as a member of an art movement. That’s why I’m comfortable being called a Neo-Pop artist instead of just a pop artist. I’d love it...

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My favorite position is deep

My favorite position is deep

When artists use terms like ‘art market’ and ‘art industry’ it’s seen as undermining of the vast contribution art has made to the development of civilizations. Artists are expected to turn out th...

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Somewhere under the rainbow

Somewhere under the rainbow

There was a crass joke that did the rounds in the dark ages which basically said that if God had wanted gays he would have created Adam and Steve. Well, the Steve the bigots were referring to was...

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Making art for normal humans is abnormal

Making art for normal humans is abnormal

It’s not enough to simply say that the universe is an art gallery, when it’s actually a commercial art gallery. Everything creative is for sale. It’s kind of frustrating that ideas are luxuries f...

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Playthings and Heart strings

Playthings and Heart strings

Artists have to be good hunters — as Carson McCullers wrote, ‘the heart is a lonely hunter’ and that describes mine almost perfectly. Most of the time the point of the exercise as an artist is to...

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Gear 1

Gear 1

My nagging drive is in 1st gear The answer to the question of whether I want you to invest in my art is simple: yes and no. I don’t want to have sleepless nights worrying whether you will buy my ...

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The pedestal

The pedestal

 Can I put you on a pedestal? In praise of the humble plinth, I now see a number of modern magazines and websites running stories with plush photos about how the plinth is enjoying a resurgence. ...

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Deboned

Deboned

What happens to a brand when it’s debranded? Trying to fathom the life of a shopping mall is like trying to understand the meaning of a fish bowl. Granted my gallery has opened at the most exclus...

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Pleasure is the treasure

Pleasure is the treasure

When it comes to sex in art, size doesn’t really matter. Viagra pills are so small that it’s amazing they can make anything grow. Clearly it’s down to chemistry. Which is what they say about love...

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I’ve sunk low but could go further

I’ve sunk low but could go further

The Titanic sank after hitting an ice berg. That could be the understatement of the last century. The ramifications for popular culture have been wide, but not beyond what one would expect. Ask L...

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Art scene horror story

Art scene horror story

The Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one (two actually) of those zombie movies that teaches us how not to trust anybody. Mainly because zombies infect their pray by not harming the general appea...

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