‘The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.’
– Jean Genet (1910-1986)
I have a bit of a soft spot for sailors.
Several of my pictures salute the sailor man including Greasy Rhys, as well as his mates Rusty Steel and Topsy Turner.
Part of the inspiration for these works is the flash of master tattoo artist, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins.
I am certainly not alone in my admiration of the sailor – other fans include:
Herman Melville, author.
Jean Genet, novelist, playwright, poet, essayist and political activist.
Otto Griebel, artist.
Paul Klee, artist and musician.
David Bowie, renaissance man.
Tom of Finland, artist.
Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion designer.
One of the things that particularly tickles my fancy about Navy culture is sailors nicknames.
Crew mates are given monikers such as ‘Chalky’ White, ‘Nosey’ Parker and ‘Smokey’ Cole.
The following print is a tribute to my great uncle, John ‘Dusty’ Rhodes (and it’s a tip of the hat to Bindie as well!).
You may have noticed the 8 balls on Dusty’s hands – these are a reference to the character Bean, in the movie Cadence.
It’s time for me to sail away so i’ll leave you in the capable hands of Turbonegro, performing their song Sailor Man…
And here’s a bonus sailor:
‘Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.’
– Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)
Pets are a favourite subject matter of mine.
The following prints are a set of portraits I created in homage to my pets Freddie, Byrd, Shane and Googie.
Another artist – whom I adore – who was also inspired to depict pets was Lucian Freud (1922-2011).
Lucian once said ‘A painter’s tastes must grow out of what so obsesses him in life that he never has to ask himself what it is suitable for him to do in art.’
Lucian’s brother, Clement Freud (1924-2009), a broadcaster, writer, politician and chef, was also an animal fan.
So much so that he featured in a series of dog food commercials in the 1960’s: