I rarely work from sketches, preferring to go straight in with the tape on to the glass. As well as this though, I am incessantly drawing in sketchbooks, its just that these rarely become tape drawings.
The above images are an example of when this isn’t the case. The top images is one of my sketchbook drawings (most of which are never seen or exhibited), and the bottom is electrical tape on glass. I liked the sketch so much that I decided to replicate it with tape. The tape drawing is much larger than the sketch, and is a mirror image as when I do a tape drawing I tape on to the glass and then set that in resin, then I flip it and frame it so you’re essentially looking through the glass at the tape.
Recently I donated the opportunity to have a tape portrait of yourself to the Reprieve charity auction at the Wallace Collection. Here is some progress shots of one of the winning bidders, actress (and all-round hero) Olivia Colman.
The other artist to donate work to this auction was Anthony Gormley.
I was ecstatic to have raised £6100 for the charity that night, and £9100 in total for charity during the months October and November.
Above is a new work entitled RIOT, first exhibited at Well Hung gallery in Hoxton. The work is created using only black electrical tape on glass – the roll of tape in the bottom corner is to give an idea of scale.