New illustration for article on ‘The Cult of Trump’ / 2020 US election campaign.
In honour of World Down Syndrome Day I’m sharing this recently completed portrait based on a sketch I made when working at an amazing SEN school in London. Really proud of this one – I think it’s one of the best portraits I’ve painted.
A search on Google images reveals there are woefully few painted portraits of people with Down’s (or indeed any learning disability). I believe people who happen to have one extra chromosome are just as worthy of having their portrait painted as the usual royals, celebs, politicians and conventionally beautiful who so often feature on gallery/museum walls. They are just as capable of inspiring enough admiration and affection in an artist to conjure up a strong portrait. Let’s hope we start seeing some more! 👍
Self-initiated Morrissey t-shirt/poster design inspired by the marvellous ‘Low in High School’ song ‘I Wish You Lonely’
I wish you lonely
Like the last tracked humpback whale
Chased by gunships from Bergen
But never giving in, never giving in.
Planning on doing more portraits this year. Kicking proceedings off with a new one of one of my music/art heroes, (and long-time champion of my artwork) the great Ginger Wildheart:
This was my submission for the recent ‘That Which We Do Not Understand’ open brief celebrating 10 years of the illustrated art, music and fashion periodical, Amelia’s Magazine.
The brief asked artists to be inspired by “mysticism, spirituality, alchemy, paganism, witchcraft, herbalism, shamanism, magick, voodoo, folklore, occult, esotericism, tarot, astrology, animal spirits, paranormal activities, the moon and much more”. A nightmare list there for Richard Dawkins perhaps, but a dream brief for yours truly.
My piece, ‘Synchronicity’ is inspired by my admiration for the work of that most mystical man of science, Carl Jung. Though he was a practising clinician and considered himself to be a scientist, much Jung’s life work was spent exploring areas such as Eastern and Western philosophy/religion, alchemy, astrology, and sociology. About four years ago I became fascinated with Jung’s studies into the occult and “that which we do not understand”. I was struck by his studies into the unconscious, his fundamental role in the recognition of art as therapy and in particular his theory of “synchronicity”. Jung coined the word to describe the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, or a “meaningful coincidence”. I’ve recognised this phenomenon in my life many times in various manifestations, a few of which are symbolised in my illustration.
The golden scarab in my illustration refers to Jung’s most famous example of synchronicity where he was treating a psychiatric patient who described to him a dream she had the night before of someone giving her a gold scarab. As the patient described the dream there was a tapping at the window pane. Jung opened the window and let in a scarabaeid beetle, handed it to his patient with the words, “Here is your scarab.” This experience apparently “punctured the desired hole in her rationalism”- something I can’t help but feel would help many people today.
Below are three recent poster designs I created via Creative Allies, tour posters for Neko Case and The Horrors and an Ozzy Osbourne one celebrating the release of his ‘Memoirs of a Madman’ best of album. I LOVE making artwork for music and welcome any great gig poster, album artwork, merch design commissions / collaborations:
I’ve recently joined up with the mighty Redbubble to produce some exciting new merchandise featuring my artwork. As well as fantastic quality prints and posters you’ll also find super cool smart phone covers, tasty tote bags and even throw pillows to add an extra splash of pop surrealism to your home. Check out the goodies here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/heulun/shop
Redbubble is a US based print on demand market place for artists to create and sell wall art, t-shirts and other products. It’s a great hassle-free way for me to make some affordable print editions of my artworks and also try out my designs on some other fun products.
Redbubble deliver from both the USA and UK and promise 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Just remember to allow a week or two for delivery if you’re in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy or Germany. More details on their shipping and delivery policies can be found here: http://support.redbubble.com/kb/top20/shipping-and-delivery
I’ve also updated my Zazzle store with five new designs and lowered the prices on the poster prints available. The print quality and service provided by Zazzle is all superb and I’ve had some great feedback from happy customers who have bought prints from my Zazzle store. Check out the merchandise here: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/heulun*
Above: ‘Sing a Rainbow’ framed print- Now available in the Zazzle store.
New hand painted assemblage sculpture, ‘Salvation’: