3 new collages + news (hi)

hey, you guys

hope you’re good / hope you’re well

it’s been a while, and some things have happened. i guess we can call these things ‘news’. shall we call these things ‘news’? i don’t know.

  1. last April i was commissioned by Wetherspoons to make a BIG collage (1.2m x 1.2m) about the history of Blackpool (sorry for the egregious link to the Wetherspoons Wikipedia page, btw). later on, i was asked to make another piece (the same size) by a mysterious, anonymous client. i have no idea where it ended up, but i like to think at an old people’s home, somewhere up north, maybe. anyway, here’s a quite bad iPhone photo of it ~walney 2
  2. i’m now ‘represented’ by two galleries in the UK ~ Brickwork in London and Dynamite in Brighton. my first solo show is due in April at Dynamite; more details to follow, mmmmmmmyep
  3. 7 of my collages appeared in Empty Mirror, on the internet. i feel good about this bc Empty Mirror like the beat writers and their head lady Denise seems like a lovely head lady
  4. my print store is now properly up and running, so far i’ve mailed prints all over the US and UK, a couple to France and one to Poland (thanks, Wojtek)
  5. my short story Apples was shortlisted for the Bridport prize + my poetry pamphlet Edibles was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement + a poem, maybe the last one i’ll ever write IDK, showed up in Crispin Best‘s For Every Year

and THAT WAS THE ‘NEWS’!! SOME THINGS HAVE HAPPENED!!

ummmm, yep. ALSO, below are three new-ish collages (one of them has a bit from a novel i’m working on as a title) ~ hope you like them! HOPE YOU’RE GOOD! / HOPE YOU’RE WELL!

lots of love, from Ben x x x x x x x x hello x x x x x x x x x

 

holy smoke 2

holy smoke

the long walk 3

quote

always on my mind #4 - Copy

always on my mind #4

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Illuminated Natasha (Collaboration with Pinky Binks)

illuminated text # 2
 
One hundred million degrees below freezing
 
And Natasha buttoning up her eyes
 
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a couple of weeks ago a cool as heck blogger named pinky binks asked me to collaborate on a post
 
i made the above image as a response to the opening lines of pinky’s poem ‘haunted all the way by you’
 
pinky’s blog is playful, subversive and full of brilliant visual weirdnesses
 
two of my favourite recent pieces are ‘the negative space of elizabeth’ and ‘inspired by india’
 
hope you ENJOY!!!