Something For Everyone

Seeing as I've been slack on posting here, recently, here's a jumble of bits and bobs. There's no particular way of grouping these finds and images: it's just a digital pile of goodies to rummage through. In an effort to garner some more viewers, though, this will be arranged into Buzzfeed-esque numbered list.

 

drawing of a Mermaid Court, London

drawing of a Mermaid Court, London

Mermaid Court, London SE1. Inspired by a photo I took on my phone, I created a little birthday card for someone. She liked it, but was desperate to find a meaning in the arrangement of people, bollards and road markings. Any interpretations welcome. 

The Past on Glass (i). I've recently started doing some volunteer work with the archives department at Sutton Library, to help digitise their collection of glass negatives. Here are four images of Edwardian ladies that I thought looked intriguing (and quite modern).

illustration of man drawing

illustration of man drawing

Expression Through Drawing. In an effort to show what is inside my head, and how drawing helps it come out, here's a new illustration. Oil, pencil and photoshop.

pastel drawing of a nude woman

pastel drawing of a nude woman

A Return To Life Drawing. I found a new untutored session in Croydon at Matthews Yard. I've only been once, but it's good to be back.

illustration of Balham High Road

illustration of Balham High Road

Balham High Road. I started this image last summer, but have only managed to complete it recently. I think the day that I shared it on Twitter, I was asked by Mimi's Artworks (81 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AP) if they could sell it in their gallery as prints. The lesson I've learnt is: finish every piece of work. You never know.

Look what's just arrived signed prints by #Mattbannister next stage framing and displaying @magbanno@MrsCarlieWelchpic.twitter.com/Rff9EZZbNH

— Mimi's Artworks (@mimivanger) April 17, 2015

Here it is again pride of place in the front of the window @magbanno@NPBalham@balhamdotcom@Balham_Life#artpic.twitter.com/Yw4w4MwIai — Mimi's Artworks (@mimivanger) April 21, 2015

Year Of The Bus – Croydon Sculpture Trail – The Streets

I made a pilgrimage to see my buses (again!), and to take some better photos.

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

metal plaque

metal plaque

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

Whilst out in the winter sunshine, trying to eavesdrop on what other people where saying about my work, I realised that after 25th January - my buses will disappear!  There is always a chance that someone (or an institution / company) might buy one in the charity auction in February, but as far as I'm concerned I'll never see my work again.  Please stand clear of the closing doors.

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

a plaque

a plaque

Matt Bannister

Matt Bannister

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

painted sculpture of a London Routemaster bus

..and finally, I discovered the other day that my work (along with all the other buses on the sculpture trail across London) also features on a tidy app for smartphones. The whole premise is that you use the GPS functions on your phone (and the app) to help you find every bus (whilst ticking them off and reading about the artist). Here are screen shots of my buses (naturally) from the Apple version. Available from the Apple App Store or Google Play

Bus App screen shot

Bus App screen shot

Bus App screen shot

Bus App screen shot

For a little glimpse into the past workings of my October brain, I've included here the original designs I submitted to Wild in Art. The 'Croydon Layers' design is very similar to the final bus, but the 'Surrey Street Market' one is more complicated than what eventually happened. A fast approaching deadline was the main influencing factor in making these changes, but I'm still very happy with what I eventually produced.

illustration of a bus

illustration of a bus

illustration of a bus

illustration of a bus

Year Of The Bus – Croydon Sculpture Trail – The Launch

On a sunny December day, my buses joined the trail in Croydon after a little press launch.  The 'Croydon Layers' and 'Surrey Street Market' sculptures hit the streets!

people looking at a bus sculpture

people looking at a bus sculpture

Surrey Street Market

The first bus of mine, that we came to on our mini tour of Croydon, was 'Surrey Street Market'. It's nestling in Matthew's Yard (rather appropriately), directly outside the cafe/arts venue of the same name. It's also a potato's throw from the market itself.

colourful bus sculpture

colourful bus sculpture

two men with a bus sculpture

two men with a bus sculpture

three people look at a sculpture

three people look at a sculpture

Croydon Layers

The next stop was my bus 'Croydon Layers', which can be found directly outside the doors to the Council offices, in Mint Walk.

man standing by a bus sculpture

man standing by a bus sculpture

Transport for London have also produced some slick photographs of the buses, taken under studio conditions. They look great, and really make the colours pop out.

colourful bus sculpture

colourful bus sculpture

colourful bus sculpture

colourful bus sculpture

For more information about the Croydon trail (and plans for all the buses next year) visit either of these links:

http://www.wildinart.co.uk/the-launch-of-the-croydon-bus-trail/3479

https://www.facebook.com/transportforlondon/posts/817091588347652