Friday, 20 February 2009

king Jeff: King of Leicester

The first project i did with the DOT group was Dot Arena. For this project each of the five artists had to provide work on Leicester which was then presented as one whole. It was at the Phoenix cinema leicester 2005. I created a series of photos onto which I had drawn King Jeff the king of Leicester, these were integrated into the main piece with the work of the other artists.

I also made a stuffed life sized King Jeff which stood in the corner. He is made of canvas, which I have drawn on with fabric pens. Here he is below. He is well over 6ft with his ears up.

Here is a picture of the whole piece. The big red dot had lights that lit up in turn going around it. Can you see Jeff in the corner? the Pheonix is a nice cinema, I think its going to close soon due to relocation.
In the picture below, its the opening night and we are presenting our work. The people stood with me are Ed Orton and Sally Renner, organizers of the exhibition, and founders of the DOT group.
On the night I was selling official hand drawn King Jeff stamps for 1p each. Some wiseguy 10 year old came with a load of small change.
The following year DOT did a second DOT arena. This time they filled a whole empty restaurant with a fully 3d cardboard recreation of Leicester, which they then filled with loads of artists works. This time I made Anthony Philips the moon of Leicester (see below for some pictures taken from the artstalker blog) Also look at this BBC article about it.

For the catalogue I produced the following page all about Anthony Philips and myself.

1 comment:

Kiwi said...

Love these!!!! So adorable!! What a cool idea... I might try it one of these days...

Great job, I love your illustrations!!
Keep it up! ;)