London boy drinking

Continuation of my work using biro to draw contemporary portraits and am now exploring using paint alongside.

Draw Brighton


Oli Spleen. Performance poet.

Portraits completed at “Draw Brighton” at Artist Residence in biro, ink and oil pastel.  I like the challenge of committing to the line and not having a chance to erase any mark I make.

New Commission – Auto Body

  This is a commission for the US band Auto Body.  I work in acrylic on card which allows me to contrast flat colours (looking contemporary – eg; screen print revival and digital illustration) with more painterly marks (more traditional watercolour technique.)  It’ll be interesting to see where these take me…

 Copyright – Helen Cann

Acrylic on card

Another pic for the Bungeroosh Gallery (see last two previous posts) based around the old fertility figure of the Green Man – usually shown with leaves coming out of his mouth – you often find them in old churches.  I got my studio mate, Clive, to pose – kind of looks like him.

This one’s also going to be on a projection loop at Residence restaurant.  I’m a resident artist for one night at a pop-up restaurant in Brighton-  8th May, making work based on the restaurant on the people who eat/drink there.  There will be 30 artists overall, one every night,  and all work made will be sold at auction through a Brighton gallery.