Dib-ee-Boo (the sound of Jazz and Be Bop)

The ledger paintings on ledger sheets are ongoing and I exploring a variety of themes.

The ledger sheets date from the early 1800’s through to the 20th century. To be drawing on a sheet of paper that some of which is over a 100 years old brings a level of responsibility and honour. I am continually blown away by the beauty of the calligraphy and the mundane task of data entry that fills the sheet. However, the fascination I have is that the last entry on the ledger sheet was, the last time the clerk entered a number, a word onto it. Ledgers to me represent a snap shot in time and are a capsule of social history. I merely add to this with my 21st century observation of life and my drawing, text or graphic line. This fusion of history, and contemporary juxtapositions create a work of art that forces you to look and indulge.

Dib-Er-Boo is a portrait of the Jazz trumpeter Miles ‘Dewey’Davis. The drawing is from the ongoing series of over 200 drawings available on ledger sheets  in 3 sizes A4 – 210mm x 297mm, A3 297mm x 420mm and A5 148mm x 210m. To book a studio appointment to view work please send me an email.