When we chatted online you said you may only have one more book left in you. So, for the fans what are your future plans? Can we expect a trilogy to Osculum Infame and Cerebral Tersorium? And do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
The idea was always to make this a trilogy. I think anything after that and I may just become predictable. I don’t think I’m particularly welcome in the art world anyway (not that I give a fuck).At the moment I’m pretty mentally stable to some extent, so the ideas are free flowing and in abundance, it’s just the process of refining these as I go along. Also, it takes around a year for each book as I have to fit painting in around my actual real life job and factoring in days where I’m just over the whole fucking art world.
Things happen, be it in politics etc that can inspire or change the course of work, one bit of news can trigger three or four paintings or then again hitting the booze too hard can stop me being able to do 3 or 4 paintings.
I’ve started work on the third book but there are some other things I’d like to do first. I want to make a zine/book with some other artists, detailing the exciting life of Matthew Ryan (Dykie). He genuinely has the best stories in the world and I’d like to take each story and get a separate artist to illustrate it followed by an opening night, where he is asked to explain these to an audience. Trust me, the stories are fucking incredible, comedy gold.
Trigger and Pritchard have told me a few legendary stories about Dykey over the years, this sounds great!
I have never had a solo exhibition, probably because the majority of it’s a bit too spicy for public walls but eventually after the third book release, I’ll organize my own interactive exhibition where I’ll burn all my paintings whilst people from the crowd take it in turns to stamp on my hands, hopefully stopping me from ever putting pen to paper again.
Huge thanks for taking the time to speak to me, I’m a massive fan of you and your work. Look forward to the next instalment!
Thanks very much, Good luck with the website and blog mate. Keep doing what you’re doing!!!