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Linocuts

 

The poker game

I got my ex, Jenny, to pose for the prostitute in this one and I think I captured the right level of vulnerability with her hand covering her genitals, with the hard, unforgiving expression on her face. There is no real narrative to this one apart from what you see, a vehicle for cards, nasty knives dollars and so on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The poker game

90x63cm Edition of 10

£520

The Whore of Destiny

( La fulana del destino )

Emi, this time with a turban and enormously distorted hand. I got her to act the pose as a cross between a silent movie actress and a flamenco dancer. The polka dots on her dress took two weeks to carve.

 

 

 

 

 

The Whore of Destiny

90x63cm Edition of 10

£500

Champagne Charlie

I had fun with this one. Charlie evolved from a doodle and I couldn't quite decide whether to make him a dealer/patron or a business man; it doesn't really matter. One thing is clear; the woman with him is not returning his amorous advances because of his good looks. This large linocut was gridded-up from the lithograph, the only thing I changed for this version was the background view in the mirror.

 

 

 

 

 

Champagne Charlie

80x50cm Edition of 10

£490

The Big artichoke

This print took me a year and a half to complete; I started it in London and completed it in Cordoba . The artichoke was pinned to the wall a la Sanchez Cotan and the block was taped on the wall next to it for the drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big artichoke

105x75cm Edition of 10

£560

Who killed Sugarbaby?

Salvador Segui, (nicknamed Sugarbaby either because he was a sweet talker or because he had a sweet tooth); general secretary of the Spanish anarcho-syndicalist union the CNT, was assassinated by the police on March 10 th 1923. Some union members tracked down the alleged perpetrator of this crime, General Languia, and assassinated him as he played cards with his bodyguards in the back room of a bar. What you see in the print is Languia the moment before he was despatched.

The gun in this is an authentic artefact; a nickel-plated Orbea revolver from the 1920's, a real pimp's gun.

 

 

 

Who killed sugarbaby

90x63cm Edition of 10

£500

Whisky you're the Devil

Again, a lino version of the lithograph

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whisky you're the Devil

40x20cm Edition of 20

£75

Life is very sweet brother, who would wish to die?

This is a celebration of love and of the finer things in life. The man is turning to the woman in this to whisper to her behind his hand which represents the secret language that lovers share. There is also a very phallic porron in it and the significance of the candle penetrating the round shape of the botijo hardly needs to be spelled out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is very sweet brother

Edition of 10 100x65cm

£520

D.I.V.O.R.C.E

The picture and title are self-explanatory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.I.V.O.R.C.E

Only 2 copies exist 90x58cm

£450

Dreams and Nightmares

This piece is a direct reference to a painting by Joan Borras Casanova entitled Espana Vieja (Old Spain). In my version I split the composition in two halves, the left hand side representing dreams and the right side nightmares. On the left we have the anarchist newspaper ”Solidaridad Obrera” with the headline “La Victoria es Nuestra” (victory is ours), the olive branch for peace, the anarchist militia hat, and wine. On the right we have a skull representing Catholicism's morbid fascination with death, the bible, a rosary and a mantilla; all symbols of old, reactionary Spain .

The update of the composition comments on modern Spain which is still divided between progress and reaction.

 

 

 

 

Dreams and Nightmares

Edition of 25. 50x33cm

£175

Condolences

This is an imagined scene of some East End criminals mourning the death of Reggie Kray. I saw the funeral cortege and took photos of the mourners including Bermondsey Dave Courtney who features in the middle of this composition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condolences

Edition of 10, 30x41cm

£120

Big F

Fernando Feijoo and myself both have a problem with the “vicar's daughter” image of printmaking; so we got dressed up and covered ourselves with painted tattoos to pose as a counterblast to the sedate image of printmakers.

So here he is as “Big F”

 

 

 

 

 

Big F

20x15cm Edition of 20

£55

It ain't a fit night out for man nor beast

A bit of silliness with Pandora posing for the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It ain't a fit night out for man nor beast

Edition of 20, 25x50cm

£75

Say cheese

This is London Fields where I live. It snowed heavily in April and I couldn't resist the silhouettes playing in the snow. A little boy sits on an enormous snowball whilst his dad takes a photo on his mobile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say cheese!

Edition of 20 25x20cm

£75

Name your price

This is very loosely based on the proprietor of a restaurant in Cordoba called “El Tablon”. Felicia Feaster wrote of this print:

“The people eventually transposed from these sketches into linocuts are caught between the crosshairs of Pig's scathing, often misanthropic read on human specimens, such as the bald and pendulously gutted man sitting in a Spanish bar in "Name Your Price." Pig's prints are packed with information, from his elaborately detailed textures of woodwork, skin and other surfaces, to the telling gesture or physical feature that sets his psychological stage. In "Name Your Price," he conveys the man's aura of peacock macho vanity with his shirt provocatively unbuttoned and his Vienna sausage fingers laced with numerous gold rings gripping a ludicrously dainty wine glass.”

 

 

 

 

Name your price

Edition of 20 40x26cm

£125

Hungry for endless voluptuous pleasures

The title comes from a quote by Raoul Vaneigem in “The Book of Pleasures”. The wizened grasping hand being a metaphor for lust and greed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungry for endless voluptuous pleasures

Edition of 10, 43x35cm

£110

Papuna

Papuna works in a violin shop in Atlanta and comes from Georgia . He is a talented musician with the most amazing face, a gift to portraiture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Papuna

29x41cm, Edition of 20

£125

Naomi

The drawing for this was done years ago. Naomi has a tattoo of by Tenniel Alice in Wonderland on her shoulder, but I couldn't put that in as it wouldn't print cleanly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naomi

Edition of 20, 25x34cm

£110

Madame Emilia never lies

I like the theatricality of cards, they are associated in my mind with film noir staging. I also love the tatty end-of-the-pier vulgarity and dressing-up associated with fortune telling. I used the distortion of photography in this one by taking the shots perched up a ladder, making Emi's hands very small, which contrasts nicely with the whore of destiny.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madame Emilia never lies

29x42cm, Edition of 20

£135

Artichoke

I've got a bit of a thing about artichokes, this was the first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artichoke

39x30cm, Edition of 25

£85

Do you do voodoo?

I enjoyed inventing the dancers around the border on this bit of camp pseudo fifties piece. You'll see various sexual preferences illustrated, along with different dancing styles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D'you do voodoo?

50x38cm, Edition 0f 20

£135

Deena

This is Deena Omar in the studio in Cordoba .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deena

39x33cm, Edition of 20

£105

Pandora

This is my beautiful missus, reluctantly posing for me in the Cordoba studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandora

Edition of 20, 50x33cm

£130

El gato y la luna

I started work on a project with the Cordobes artist Jose Vega Millan. The theme was beer and dogs, wine and cats and we each intended to make five prints each on that theme. He didn't complete any, and after two prints I abandoned the project.

The cat and the moon is a simple piece with the moonlit roofs of London .

 

 

 

 

 

El Gato y la Luna

33x23cm, Edition of 20

£75

The blind man and the soldier

This chappie was born as a result of looking at a stain on the wall for too long. The drawing developed along with the narrative. He is being pushed by some beery “mates” onto a line of closed ranks soldiers. The Sergeant receives him with cynical glee as he anticipates a bit of “fun” at the blind man's expense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blind man and the soldier

Edition of 5, 24x32cm

£95

Pan

This is a little study of an exquisite piece of sculpture from Pompeii that portrays pan having sex with a goat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pan

20x15cm, Edition of 15

£55

Welsh cow

A cow's skull in bright sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welsh Cow

14x19cm, Edition of 15

£65

Exile

I did have a ruder title for this one. It's a self portrait in the doorway of my studio in Spain ; drinking from a bota as a form of revenge against the dreariness of England .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exile

25x16cm, Edition of 15

£45

Little black number

A little study from a sketch done in The Prince George.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little black number

15x12cm, Edition of 15

£30

Dyke on the pull

Study from a sketch done in the Hen and Chickens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyke on the pull

15x12cm , Edition of 20

£30

Protectors of “The Colonel”

Two of the security men employed to protect the hearse containing the remains of the Reggie Kray, who was known as the colonel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protectors of the colonel

15x20 Edition of 10

£35

Special guests

I found restaurant culture in Cordoba very interesting. The staff are unbelievably obsequious to those deemed worthy of respect. I have chosen a couple of archetypal bourgeois Cordobans. The woman with her capuchin monkey hairstyle, (solid with lacquer), and her jacket draped statesman-like over her shoulders; and the man with the obligatory moustache.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special guests

19x35cm, Edition of 20

£55

They were children once

Two middle aged businessmen in the Lamb and Flag fancying their chances after work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were children once

20x19cm Edition of 20

£65

Crest of Ilium

I drew this design from life directly on the block. I wanted the image to be read as landscape, looking on a lover's body as landscape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crest of Ilium

Edition of 20, 30x30cm

£135

Thou shalt not make thee any graven image

I've always enjoyed the paradox of the second commandment in the bible. It specifically forbids the making of any image of anything figurative. The Christians have blithely ignored it because Christianity was adopted by a culture that loves making images; and this image is a graven one as well. There is an appalling typo in it, can you spot it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thou shalt not

18x33cm, Edition of 25

£75

Envy Sophie's diamond ring

This one won me the St Cuthbert's Paper Mill Award for a print of outstanding quality. A friend had sent me an awful, smug poem to announce his engagement to the said Sophie. I couldn't resist the humour in a group of bitchy women giving Sophie dagger looks as she shows off her ring.

 

 

 

 

 

Envy Sophie's diamond ring

Edition sold out

Way home

A small illustration for Despite Anything, collected writings of mark Whittaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Way home

11x15cm, Edition of 10

£25

Wife beater

A lino version of the lithograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wife beater

40x20cm, Edition of 20

£75

Large Muse

Marian Gray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large muse

51x41cm, Edition of 15

£105

Small Muse

A little version with the tones removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small muse

15x12cm, Edition of 20

£35

 

 

Made in England

This is one of a diptych of thugs. I saw this, a couple of thugs one with a machete and one with a baseball bat looking for some men they'd had a dispute with in the pub.

Made in England

30x25cm Edition of 15

£135

Vigilante

The man with the machete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigilante

30x25cm, Edition of 15

£135

Lorenzo

This is a little study for condolences. It's done from a photograph I took of the head mourner at Reggie Kray's funeral, “Bermondsey” Dave Courtney. He was at the head of the entourage wearing a long woven leather cloak and a massive gold ducal chain. It bought to mind the vulgar display of wealth with an undercurrent of violence I associate with Lorenzo da Medic

 

 

 

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Lorenzo

9x10cm, Edition of 40

£40

La Torrecilla

My mates have a lovely country house that they let me stay in, up in the mountains with no one around. This is the north tower at night, illuminated against the blackness of the trees.

 

 

 

 

 

La Torrecilla

33x16cm Edition of 20

£45

 

 

Be still my love

I have strange little dreams during siesta. This was one of them; a voluptuous woman writhing sinuously with a crocodile. It was quite erotic; and this is what the poet Linda Lamus wrote after seeing the print in Ambit magazine.

Madame Emilia and the crocodile

 

Madame Emilia never lies –

except, naked, in the arms of her crocodile.

They lean on purple cushions while she plays

the concertina skin beneath his neck

with extended crimson nails.

 

Almost every day she burnishes

his scales so tenderly that people swear

they must be lovers. And she, a married woman ;

shrill the widows at the well.

Madame Emilia and the crocodile

 

smile, share pomegranates.

In his stubby arms she dreams

of muddy rivers, how his lips would kiss

the throats of deer and goats and butterflies;

the rush of waterfall

 

and his claw railings holding her safe.

He bares fine, jigsaw teeth, wraps his tail

about her legs in that warm, reptilian way.

They puff a hookah in slow-motion, watch vapour

condense on blue-tiled walls.

 

Be still my love

15x10cm, Edition of 40

£65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listener

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