I was approached by Death Waltz Records and Mondo to work on a cover for the soundtrack to Julia Ducournau’s masterpiece RAW.
‘Composer Jim Williams (A FIELD IN ENGLAND & SIGHTSEERS) blends mellow acoustic melodies filled with serene and beautiful violin and piano with huge powerful and intense baroque organ led affairs. From the minute we saw the film we knew we had to release the soundtrack on vinyl’ – Mondo
‘Death Waltz Recording Co. is proud to present the soundtrack to RAW. You may have heard Williams’ work in Field In England & Sightseers but RAW will certainly see him breakthrough to a wider audience with a score that will easily sit high inside many top ten lists come the end of 2017. Williams mixes mellow acoustic tracks filled with violin and piano that are serene and beautiful with huge baroque organ led tracks that are intense and powerful. From minute i saw the film I knew we had to release the soundtrack on vinyl.’ – Spencer Hickman, Death Waltz Recording Co
2xLP Presented in partnership with Focus Pictures & Back Lot Music, for sale through Mondo
Many thanks to Spencer Hickman for affording me the opportunity to work on the most jarringly beautiful and horrific movie I saw in 2016.
Although it feels like this project has been in the pipeline for 100 years, speaking realistically it’s probably closer to a far more spry 10 year old undertaking.
Jeff Antebi of Waxploitation has been tirelessly working with artists both visual and musical to create Stories for Ways and Means:
“Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means.
The book includes stories from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart and Kathleen Hanna as well as painters/illustrators like Anthony Lister, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and more (THAT’S ME, MOM!)
Guest narrators came along for fun as featured voices in short promo films: Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Phil LaMarr, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus. ”
I was partnered with Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, who wrote “Trickster and Boy with Crooked Grin”. You can see the art I provided for it in the video below, put together by Ideal Brown.
Collect them, swap them, write your number on them and give them to girls – I’ve got several super small etchings on the way through Souled Out Studios in Bangkok.
There’s some narrative cohesion to the collection as a whole, but who I am to tell you that you need the whole story?
With that in mind we’re going to roll these out one by one in small limited editions. Jump on the SOS mailing list to be up to date with drop times, otherwise you might be spending your lunch breaks playing swapsies for The Monkey and I’d hate for anyone to have to give up their chocolate milk.
WONDROUS OBSESSIONS: THE ART OF COLLECTING
6 MAY – 3 JULY 2016
81 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 8AD
UNIT44 & ST NICHOLAS CATHEDRAL
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th May 2016
Newcastle upon Tyne
‘UNIT44 will be hosting a collection of artists and works at the iconic Newcastle landmark that is St Nicholas Cathedral.
Dating back to 1091 with the building we see today completed in 1350 this 14th Century church provides an incredibly bespoke backdrop to this exhibition whilst providing a beautiful context. Partnering with the venue itself we invite a number of artists with 44 preview and the Saturday as part of The Late Shows 10 programming.
In addition there will a dedicated music agenda, street food, and pop up bar serving local beers, spirits, and cocktails throughout the night. As with all 44 shows this is a FREE entry event.’
Participating artists: Candice Tripp, Eelus, JW, Prefab, Hush, Teresa Duck, Tom French, Will Barras, LXone, Adele Renault, Ashley Willerton, Paul Insect and Sickboy
This Friday sees the opening of the “Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting”, an exhibition curated by The Connor Brothers at Hang-Up Gallery in London.
You can see the pre-show interview I did with Mike Snelle here
To view the collection of works by Butch Anthony, Candice Tripp, The Connor Brothers, Dr. Victor Schroeder, Giles Walker, Joe Webb, John Henry Toney, Laura Keeble, Mark Powell and Swoon, you can see the catalogue here.
Don’t forget to RSVP to the Private View launch this Thursday from 6 – 9 pm. RSVP is essential as spaces are already limited – please do so here.
May 6 – 3 July
81 Stoke Newington Road
The show’s theme provided me a chance to let go of any stylistic restraints I (now realise that I unthinkingly) impose on myself as well as exhibit a one-off etching from Goldmark Atelier that would otherwise have remained hidden in my studio.
The collaborative painting that Butch Anthony and I worked on together will also be on show for the first time in the UK. Receiving that canvas from the US was something of a treat because until recently, I had only seen’s Butch’s addition online.
The Earthly Remains of Idi Amin’s Should Demon
Resin & Polymer Clay, Wooden Box
Size: 24 x 15 x 6 cm
There’s a hole in the ground and its playing your song
60.5 x 67.5 cm
I think we are in way over our heads – collaboration with Butch Anthony
oil and ink on canvas
20″ x 20″
Wonder Cabinet with 18th century reliquary containing the hand of a saint
The Connor Brothers
The inner workings of a pocket watch
It’s not cricket (after John Harris)
Forgive us for our sins
Ideal Brown and I left Bangkok for two weeks to squeeze as many new miles into Thailand as we could. When we returned, I saw him off a day after his initial flight departed (ouch) and got settled in my hotel room-come-studio.
I spent the week running back and forth to Beejoir’s house with a baking pan containing pieces of doll in various stages of completion – detailed here, with pictures of food:
Every day an ice-cream man would visit the road. As soon as I’d hear his bell, I’d scramble to my third floor balcony and shout “Sawadee ka, WAIT? WAIT, WAIT!” and then I’d tear downstairs to buy as many varieties of coconut as I could carry.
My latest etching is finally available! It took several months, two plates, three test proofs and a lot of cramping and it’s finally ready to release into the wild. Goldmark Atelier have been amazing at coaxing my picture out of the scratch-work.
Limited edition of 25
60.5cm x 67.5cm (inc border)
Somerset radiant white velvet 330gsm
click here to buy now
Over on the Hang Up Gallery blog in preparation for the ‘Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting’ show in May!
~ ~ Back in the days of yore, February we called it, before the Long Weekend that is March, I visited Beejoir in Bangkok with a view to making some art with Souled Out Studios.
I met up with him last year, had a look at his rad home and rooftop studio and swiftly re-evaluated my life. I mean, do I like being cold? Why am I cold? I had to travel all the way to Bangkok to talk to a person’s face about art and galleries and buyers. You know, in a way that we were laughing and it wasn’t all worrying about saying the wrong thing. There’s no judgment when you’re sitting next to a dead snake in a jar while you messily cleave coconut flesh out the shell with your bare hands. At least, I hope not. How come I live all the way over here anyway? It’s wet and there aren’t any palm trees.
We decided it would be a good idea to work together. I like Beejoir and I’m boring, so it means he wouldn’t even have to babysit me that much.
I’d barely been home a minute before I was planning to head back.
When we finally met up, the plans to work on casting a Sally doll in bronze had started to accommodate etchings. Really small etchings on tiny plates with great, big, wide borders.
I was taken to Kalwit Studio and Gallery, introduced to Wal (and his coy mad genius topless dad) and was sent on holiday with a small parcel of copper plates to play with.
Things were off to a great start