INFLUENCES

Many things I see hear and do influence my work, some of which may only subconsciously influence me.

Artistically my influences stem back to Quentin Blake and the Roald Dahl children's books. Gary Larson plays a major role in the way I represent characters, as does Edward Gory. I like fantasy and surreal art especially the work of Rene Magritte and American editorial artists such as Brad Holland. Cartoons like the Simpson's, Ren and Stimpy, King of the Hill (and other Mike Judge projects) are constantly influential along with the classic WB's cartoons and, of course, Wacky Racers!

Music plays a major role in my life and for those who can't resist, I DON'T PLAY THE FIDDLE! However, I do play the guitar and ermů.. and try to sing. Recently I have been listening to more disjointed music like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa. Other musical influences cover the works of Black Sabbath, ELO, Travelling Wilburys, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Mike Patton, Mourning Widows, Mcklusky, Brian Wilson, The Stranglers, Tom Waits and plenty more.

If you can't laugh at yourself you can't laugh at nobody, right? Stand up comedy is great. Billy Connolly, Jasper Carrot, Bill Hicks, Allen Davis, all fantastic. Classic comedy like Monty Python, Only Fools and Horses and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy are all influential as well as more modern and surreal material like, The League of Gentlemen, Jam, Vic Reevs and Bob Mortimer Projects.

I have a keen interest in history and most programmes that seem to involve Tony Robinson. I am passionate about architecture especially follies and surreal looking buildings, the restoration programme was particularly interesting.

Sport is another main interests, though I'm not sure it influences my work.

I have a weird fascination with death and skeletons; I do enjoy representing skeletons in my work at any given opportunity.


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