Heavy Manners Art

Without people, you're nothing

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When people ask what artists inform my work, #1 is always Joe Strummer. A portrait I painted of him hangs above me in my tiny pigsty studio and he keeps an eye on me as I work. This keeps me focused. When I look at the chaos that surrounds me, I often think, what would Joe do? I'm fortunate to do some work for The Joe Strummer Foundation - a charity set up with the aims of the prevention or relief of poverty, to provide space and instruments and to promote music and the arts.  The foundation have struggled with...

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Óscar Romero House, Bloomington Catholic Worker, Indiana, USA.

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Pretty blown away to receive this picture of one of my paintings in location in the USA. Thanks, Nate at Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Bloomington, Indiana. Glad to hear everyone loves it, and so glad to play a tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny part in your amazing work providing homes for homeless women. "This beautiful painting is the finishing touch added to a room we just remodeled. It now hangs in the Moses room in the Óscar Romero house at Bloomington Catholic Worker in Bloomington Indiana. Romero house has been remodeled by volunteers to provide permanent, comfortable and...

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If Trees Could Talk...

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There’s a Climate Emergency Centre opening near me in Staines, called The Talking Tree, which will house a café, repair centre and a community hub amongst other things. They also plan to host regular art exhibitions, which is excellent news. I heard they will be launching with a collection of donated artworks from local artists with the theme of trees, sales of which will help fund the centre. I made a couple of pieces earlier in the year featuring trees, utilising old match box labels and scrap wood, with the message Too Hot, but one of those is already sold....

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Prints And The Revolution

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Anyone who knows me well, knows you're never far away from a music related pun ;-) So when it came to naming my Art Print collection, Prints & The Revolution was top of the list (Scroobius Pip beat me to The Fresh Prints...) I got a stamp made to print the reverse of the prints using recycled materials, and stamped them using environmentally friendly vegan ink. Now, I'm not a vegan, but before the militant haters start on me, why would I not use a vegan alternative if I can? Progress, not perfection, my friends. View my Art Prints here...

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Public Hero Number One

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I created this picture three years ago. I'd intended to make my own "stamp" to print on the back of postcards instead of the Queen. And the choice of who was to appear on the stamps was obvious to me. I had no idea how timely it would seem when I sent the postcards to print four weeks ago. #BlackLivesMatter Lyrics reproduced without permission. Because they matter. Elvis was a hero to most But he never meant shit to me you see Straight up racist that sucker was Simple and plain Motherfuck him and John Wayne 'Cause I'm Black and...

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