Our Artist Spotlight blogs are a weekly feature where we focus on one of our performers, giving you the chance to find out more about the people behind the performances, and offering an insight into the world of entertainment.
I went to Art College, Fine Art degree; one of the things it taught me was to think creatively and laterally, to walk my own path. I always liked performing; showing off, always enjoyed watching caberate acts, speciality acts, and street performers. I just didn’t really know a way in.
I was a performance poet in the 90s, mostly around the London circuit, and really just for fun.
Used to pavement draw for a while in the early 90s, I got talking to these street performers, one of them told me about this speed painting act he’d seen on his travels abroad.
When I was young I really liked Tony Hart and Rolf Harris, they executed really big artworks on TV.
My favourite thing about performing in the events industry is devising new work and being able to do my own thing to make a living and the adrenaline of performance
My worst experience was a Car launch for Lotus Cars in Qatar, very prestigious. There was no one to meet me at the airport, I couldn’t speak the language, made my own way to hotel, the hotel didn’t have me booked in, and I had to sort that out. The event company built a frame that could revolve so I could paint the image of the car upside down. It was about 9 feet wide. I needed a platform to stand on, they didn’t make one, and so they gave me some very wobbly trestle tables to stand on.
It’s difficult to pick one experience as my best one, but I really like playing in old thetres, performing my painting act in The Grand Theatre in Blackpool (The National theatre of Variety) was great.
I get my inspiration from all sorts of influences, other performers, Jackson Pollock, Jean Michel Basquiat, Tony Hart, my interests in art, dance, comedy, magic, comic books, children’s toys ,extreme, obsessive, fanatical beliefs and behaviour.
I like highly choreographed performances; I like to challenge myself in different ways often with a performance that requires precise timing and relentless practise.
Denny Dent – American speed painter (died around 2005) – inspirational, dynamic
Joe Strummer (lead singer The Clash died around 2003) -passionate performer, charismatic, political, great music
Rolf Harris – in the early 70s he had a prime time TV show, he’d paint these huge paintings, normally landscapes really quickly.
Dr Brown – very funny clown, (not in the traditional sense)
Lee Evans – his physical comedy, very inventive, high energy approachable
Buster Keaton – the ultimate deadpan
The Nicholas Brothers – tap dancers
Fraser Hooper – clown, taught me at Circus space, also worked with him at festivals and in shows.
Promoting my magic double act ULTRACADABRA (with Matt Barnard) – attempting to break the world record for the most magic tricks in 5 minutes (we always manage 50) & appearing next December at Leceister Square Theatre in a Variety show with Slightly Fat Features.