New paintings from spring 2014

Two paintings inspired by time spent in Berlin in August 2013.  “Bronze Snake”  derived from a painting I saw in an old church, which referred to an Old Testament passage in The Book of Numbers.  As I understood it, it seemed to be about God getting so fed up with his Chosen People, that he disowned them and abandoned them to worshiping a metallic serpent.   “An Apple and an Egg” refers to a conversation that I had with German friends; one of them, Ruth, came from Bavaria.  she told me that she remembered a time when the cost of living was more affordable:  the price of an apple and an egg.  I replied that in English there is an expression for an expensive item, that it cost “an arm and a leg”, so I decided combine the two idioms.

Mid-summer invocation at Hundred Years Gallery, 22June 2014

With my band The Demi-Monde, I led a procession and invocation to the sun outside Hundred Years Gallery, at the recent solstice weekend, followed by a concert inside the gallery.  I had made a totem-pole sculpture, and wrote a poem especially for the occasion: “Long Live the Sun”, which we used in the procession.   In the concert, we also performed another new piece called “King of the Corn”, based on the traditional song “John Barleycorn Must Die”.

Guest performers were Rotten Bliss (aka: cellist / vocalist Jasmine Pender)  and Quimper, an electronic duo.                                       All photos by Mary Lemley

Hey, watch out! I’ll be visiting USA for concerts and a radio show.


My April itinerary in USA:

10th Thu      gig: Union Pool, Brooklyn
11th Fri        gig: Quinns, Beacon, NY
12th Sat      gig: Cake Shop, Manhattan
13th Sun     radio session: WFMU
17th Thu      CD Cellar, Arlington
18th Fri       gig: Metro Gallery, Baltimore

Exhibitions, etcetera: 1994 – 2014

“Library of Obscure Wonders”: Group exhibition, 100 Years Gallery, Shoreditch.(Feb 2014)
“Magick”:  Group exhibition, Brighton Open House.  (Nov 2013)
“ACUK”:  Group exhibition, Augsberg.    (Oct 2013)
“Black Xmas”: Group exhibition, Signal Gallery, Shoreditch, London.  (Nov 2012)
“Punk and Beyond”: Group exhibition, Signal Gallery, Shoreditch, London.  (Nov 2011)
Solo exhibition, The Cake Shop, New York City.   (Apr 2011)
Solo exhibition, Sutton House (National Trust), Hackney, London.  (Oct 2010)
Group exhibition, Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg.   (Oct 2009)
Group exhibition, Art Upstairs Gallery, Phoenicia, New York State.  (May 2008)
Solo exhibition, The Cake Shop, New York City  (Apr 2008)
Solo exhibition, Praxis Hagen gallery, Berlin   (Apr 2007)
Solo exhibition, Sutton House (National Trust), Hackney, London  (Aug 2006)
Group exhibition, Praxis Hagen gallery, Berlin  (Apr 2006)
Group exhibition, Cordwainers College, London E8   (summer 2005)
Solo exhibition, Intoxica Records, London W11   (summer 2004)
Group exhibition, Brighton Festival   (May 2003)
Group exhibition, “Art Not War”, Conway Hall, London  (Autumn 2002)
Group exhibition, The Foundry, London EC1  (August 2000)
Solo exhibition, Springfield Park Gallery, London E5 (Summer 1998)
“Straw God”:  Street sculpture installation, Stoke Newington Festival, London. (June 1997)
Lord Mayor’s Show: construction of giant figures  (Autumn 1996)
Solo exhibition, Chats Palace Arts Centre, London E9  (Spring 1996)
Construction of sculptures for float, and masks: Notting Hill Carnival  (Summer 1995)
“Flight-Paths to Each Other”, Group exhibition, Glasgow / Edinburgh  (1994)

A pair of mythological paintings from 2013

“Welcome” and “Nut and Geb”  (both 2013).  “Welcome” depicts young lovers cautiously entering the “Mouth of Hell” described in Medieval literature, while “Nut and Geb” depicts the Ancient Egyptian myth of the creation of the world, showing the siblings of earth and sky being reluctantly forced apart.

Mandala paintings

“Mermandala” (2010), and “Mandaladnam” (2013):  (both mixed media)

New album from Jowe Head and the Demi-Monde

“Confessions from the Twisted Tower”
Album available now on CD from the Topplers label

The album is now available in downloadable form through the usual suspects:  Amazon, ITunes, Spotify, etc. 

Here are the featured musicians on these tracks: Catherine Gerbrands (xylophone, autoharp, bowed saw, vocals), Tim Bowen (cello), Ravi-Low-Beer (drums), Nicky Heinen (flute), Phil Martin (violin), Lee McFadden (bass guitar), Trevor Davies (drums).

Now I aim to get it out on vinyl on long-playing record, so watch this space!


ACUK festival in Augsberg, October 2013

I’ve been invited to participate in a two-week festival of Musik and Art at Augsberg in Southern Germany, featuring myself and The Demi-Monde performing live on stage on Friday 4th October, plus 8 of my paintings, some of which have never been exhibited before!  We shall be performing, for the first time, a song by Bertoldt Brecht, since Augsberg was his home town.

A mega evening of wild sounds and extraordinary musical visionaries! Featured bands:

Demi-Monde are a quartet led by Jowe Head (ex-Swell Maps, ex-Televsion Personalities), featuring the talents of Catherine Gerbrands, Tim Bowen and Ravi Low-Beer, playing futuristic pagan ballads, using cello, bowed saw, xylophone and analogue synth.

Woog Riots are a duo based in Germany, who play a unique brand of electro-pop.  Imagine Kraftwerk fronted by a girl/boy duo singing smart,observant songs about pop-art and consumerism, with a cynical edge.

Rude Mechanicals, fronted by the splendidly deranged Miss Roberts.  They play cabaret songs from a suburban vision of hell, featuring the virtuoso demon violinist Dylan Bates.