For this piece, which is the third in the series, I wanted to use colours associated with the Liverpool F.C. kit. Red, yellow and green have been used in many combinations over the years in kit designs. I also wanted to add some drips and runs of paint to change the aesthetic of the piece.
This is the second piece created in my series of written ” You’ll Never Walk Alone” lyrics. They were created in honour of my hometown football club Liverpool F.C. and the passion created by the fans who sing it at the start and end of every game to lift the team and show their support. It never fails to raise emotions and is a always a performance to behold! Huge congratulations to everyone connected with the team and club for their incredible efforts to win the English Premier League this season!
Ever since I can remember I have been a fan of Liverpool Football Club. It was never a conscious choice, just was how it was growing up in Liverpool with a father and family who loved football and myself playing in teams with my brother from a young age. Some of my earliest memories are watching Liverpool on T.V winning in Europe and the Milk Cup, which shows my age! I was always struck by the passion and creativity of the supporters, making flags and signs to take to the match at home and abroad and singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with such enthusiasm. These pieces are inspired by this passion and love shown by the supporters of my hometown football club Liverpool FC and in recognition of the world famous football anthem that never fails to raise emotions.
Just before the start and end of each game supporters will raise scarves and flags and join together to sing the club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s always a very moving experience and even after hearing it 1000’s of times it still gives me goosebumps and stirs emotions. It is a great show of unity, support and passion and is our way of trying to lift our team and help them perform at their highest level. The supporters become the “Twelfth Man” adding an extra dimension to the team. These written pieces were created in 2010 when I was experimenting with writing styles and script ideas, which I have always enjoyed doing. All three of the pieces have the complete song lyrics written in the background with “You”ll Never Walk Alone” written over the top. These pieces were recently re-discovered rolled in a tube with some other large works on paper as I was re-arranging my studio. It seems like a perfect time to share them as Liverpool have just won the English Premier League title for the first time in 30 years, congratulations and Come On You Reds!
This is a picture of my completed “7 Deadly Sins Against The Earth” series. It is inspired by the Climate Change crisis that has been known about and reported on throughout my whole life. I have wanted to create artwork about this subject for a while but have been waiting for the right ideas and imagery to develop. The final spark of inspiration for me was when the recent Corona Virus outbreak began and it really struck me how our lifestyles, societies and actions have led us to this current situation in time and things cannot change unless we actually do something to change them.
I am very fortunate to live in Taiwan and thankfully the government and people reacted and responded quickly and decisively to combat the Corona Virus outbreak and stop mass spreading. As it unfolded I noticed many other countries lack of response and reaction seemed like they believed it wouldn’t affect them and they didn’t need to prepare or change anything in their already established societies. As we all can see now, that was a huge mistake and needs to be learnt from and rectified for future such outbreaks.
It really got me thinking about how we all live on this planet together, our connections and relationships to each other and the Earth.
The Corona Virus epidemic has shown us all how fragile and finely balanced our lives and lifestyles are.
Advancements and huge leaps have been made at what cost?
Our habits and lifestyles need to be more in line with sustainability and reducing the costs and tolls on the natural world to be able to continue to progress in a and way that is not destroying lives and the planet so much.
The way that we produce and use oil and other natural resources is damaging our air quality, atmosphere, environment and creating larger more devastating storms. I see this as the Earths reaction to how we are treating it, it seems like throughout the 20th century we have industrialized at such a pace and created so much pollution that we made the planet sick. Our incessant burning of fossil fuels that have been underground for 100’s of millions of years increases the Carbon Density of the atmosphere increasing Global Warming.
I can see that Corona Virus symptoms shown in humans echo how we have been destroying the planet with our established greed and over use of fossil fuels for decades. A fever is equivalent to “global warming/rising temperatures” and difficulty breathing mirrors our “mass deforestation and pollution.” Before the recent Epidemic we had already given the planet the symptoms of the Corona Virus.
We can see the many harmful and negative effects this excessive use and dependency on fossil fuels has caused and need to react and make changes now to save our planet and give ourselves a chance going forward. We don’t have to destroy what we have for greed and money!
We all have a voice and I decided to use mine to help highlight this ongoing issue and support the use of alternative Greener Energies to try to stop this ongoing Fossil Fuel dependence catastrophe. We are living in the most Technologically and intellectually advanced stage of Mankind and we are talented enough to be able to see the costs and effects of things sooner that in previous ages, so we have no excuses not to change these harmful practices.
This piece is part of my “7 Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. It represents Mankind’s’ insatiable Gluttony that drives us to keep taking and using more and more oil and fossil fuels even when we can see the damage it is causing our health and the environment. I feel there is Gluttony for more and more money that is earned from the Oil industry at great Environmental costs. This is represented by one hand of man forcefully squeezing oil out of the deformed Earth as it drips over the fingers and down into the palm of another hand, filling this and spilling out. I have purposely focused on the Middle East region of the Earth in this picture as that is where 8 of the worlds 10 largest oil Reserves are found.
This piece is part of my “Seven Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. Plastic waste, overuse and pollution are huge problems facing the Earth right now as plastic cannot break down in nature like natural compostable products do. Sloth is represented here by the huge amounts of plastic waste that has been dumped by people who don’t dispose of it responsibly by recycling it. I have chosen to show the planet overheating after getting strangled by the waste plastic. We need to decrease our use of plastic products as we now can see the hugely negative and harmful effects caused by our own actions. I have chosen to focus on the Asia region as plastic bags were invented in Taiwan and what was once seen as a convenient material has turned out not to be because of our Sloth and inability to use it responsibly and carefully.
This piece is part of my “Seven Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. As we continue to destroy the planet through our harmful dependence on Oil, the planet is reacting in ways that are of our own doing. We are facing the Wrath of Mother Nature’s reaction to our mistreatment of the planet. Our endless pollution and overuse of fossil fuels has caused Global warming that is creating larger and more devastating weather systems, storms and harsher seasons to name a few issues! I have represented this by showing Mankind forcibly squeezing Oil out of the planet and showing the thick black polluting smoke emitted from burning Fossil fuels rising into our atmosphere. I have chosen to show the South American region of the Earth in this piece as the Amazon rainforest is one of the main “lungs” of the planet that helps clean our air that we are also destroying through deforestation. In this image I show the Earth reacting to the Climate Crisis and show its Wrath in the form of a mega storm developing and also creeper vines trying in vain to stop mankind’s endless overuse of Fossil Fuels.
This piece is part of my “Seven Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. In this image you can see mankind forcibly squeezing as much Oil out of the Earth as it can whilst creating thick black polluting smoke. The Earth is being crushed in a chokehold to show the hold the Oil industry has on the modern world. I have chosen to use the tattooed logos of the top 10 Oil and Gas producing companies to represent Envy as they are all competing with each other to produce and sell more Fossil fuels to get more money. We need to change to more sustainable energy sources and change the established Oil industry to save our planet and our future. I have purposely focused on the Middle East region as that is where 8 of the worlds 10 largest oil Reserves are found.
This piece is part of my “7 Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. Mankind’s’ overuse of fossil fuels and Lust to get and take more at all costs is the inspiration for this piece. I chose to use the hand squeezing oil out of the deformed Earth to represent the current state of the Oil industry with its Lust for more even when we know its harming our own lives and environments. You can see the thick Oil being forced from the deformed Earth by man and dripping down the forearm. I have purposely focused on the Middle East region as that is where 8 of the worlds 10 largest oil Reserves are found.
This piece is part of my “7 Deadly Sins Against the Earth” series. I have chosen this image to represent the Pride that the Oil industry has in its own profits and production even though it is well documented that these practices are destroying our planet and environment. In this image the Earth is held up like a trophy being displayed, as the hand of man forcefully squeezes Oil out. Thick black Oil seeps out of the deformed Earth and runs over the fingers and down its forearm. Too many large Oil companies continue polluting our planet with Fossil Fuel extraction and burning and act as if there are no negative effects of this as they proudly promote themselves and chase more money. Don’t be too proud to admit your flaws, face your mistakes and try to change for the better. I have purposely focused on the Middle East region as that is where 8 of the worlds 10 largest oil Reserves are found.