Friday, 20 April 2018

Print + variations: The Cat



A variation on the Pin-Ups theme - digitally altered artwork after the original print (top), in which the experiment unexpectedly highlighted the cat in the pin-up picture. 




Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Paper Collage plus Versions: Pin-Up No.14



Greeting earthlings. I've been working on a Pin-Ups series of paper collages and prints, some combining both, such as this, No.14. 






(Pop art, Dada, neo-Dada, surrealism, digital art, collage, digital collage, art print, London art, Situationist, Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton) 

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Paper collage/vispo: Leadership Success



As with yesterday's post, three variations from an original paper collage, altered by colour, this time along with the third treated differently. As before, the original is included at the bottom. 


Leadership skills are important, should you find yourself in a position of leading a team, which few of us do. Instead, we are often 'lead' by those seemingly unqualified to do the job properly. Leaders have a psychopathic condition which gets them the job, from which they derive power...


...as individuals we do our best to 'lead good lives' yet find life leading us one way or another. As artists, we must lead ourselves and marshal the disparate elements (the team) within us to forge some kind of coherent strategy for Getting The Job Done. On 'the team' is the quiet reserved one, the shouter, the coward, weakling, fool, egotist, genius, idiot etc. The only success to be had is to get The Job done as well as you can...


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Concrete poetry/vispo: Concealed


RTomens, 2018

Three concrete poetry (or vispo) pieces created from an original on paper (see final picture). It's only the faintness of the original which sparked a desire to, if not improve, then bring out some characteristics of that piece.

RTomens, 2018

RTomens, 2018


Monday, 2 April 2018

Paper collage: Situation Normal


RTomens, 2018
Paper collage fun and frolics at the week-end, having the urge to get my hands mucky with glue for a change and plundering American advertising images as I like to do. Here we have a typical, wholesome all-American family.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Photo/digital art/collage: Past And Later Life / The Singular Artistic Vision












copyright RTomens 2018


As discussed with a friend, the singular vision of the artist, perhaps a vision from a deeper place than is commonly explored? By which I mean...what, exactly? But exactness is not always possible in discussing such matters unless one has the ability to draw upon not only a rich reservoir linguistically but the capability of expressing what one knows. And 'knowing' isn't always possible, perhaps not even desirable. How smart was Warhol to be so reticent, to dismiss enquiries the way he did, acting dumb, the smartest brain on the block when it came to knowing why and what he was doing.

To an extent we might declare all (most) art to be singular, with the exception of the blatantly derivative/formulaic/populist. Yes, if we think about that for a while, so much that we see is totally derivative and formulaic but (surprise!) it can be incredibly popular. Art as a common vision, in which there seems to be great appeal, perhaps because it represents the common, therefore a shared aesthetic value. 

Of course it is not always possible to predict what will be popular but the odds are calculable to some degree of certainty. Unless the artist is already successful (gallery/buyer support) in her/his vision, the irony, for unknowns such as myself, is that we may be caught in desiring positive responses by edging towards what we know will garner them. We who have nothing to lose! If art were nothing but a popularity contest it would all be reduced to the lowest possible level. 

My book, Too Much To Bear, is still available from Timglaset


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Art print/photography/digital collage: Love


RTomens, 2018


(Pop art, Dada, neo-Dada, surrealism, digital art, collage, digital collage, art print, London art, Situationist, Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, vispo, concrete poetry, Bob Cobbing)

Monday, 26 March 2018

Print: Separated


RTomens, 2018


Partly inspired by Robert Heinecken, although it must be said that I was working in this field before discovering him and by 'field' I don't mean his self-proclaimed 'paraphotography' but other means by which to create similar (perhaps) results.




)Pop art, Dada, neo-Dada, surrealism, digital art, collage, digital collage, art print, London art, Situationist, Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, vispo, concrete poetry, Bob Cobbing(

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Vispo triptych


Projection, RTomens, 2018

Stereotyped, RTomens, 2018

Transaction, RTomens, 2018



)Pop art, Dada, neo-Dada, surrealism, digital art, collage, digital collage, art print, London art, Situationist, Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton, vispo, concrete poetry, Bob Cobbing(