'Catboy: The Story So Far' is the continuing visual narrative of the boy with the cat shadow. The show will feature both old and new works, including linocut prints, pencil drawings and paintings. Subjects range from flying cats to cheeky monkeys to circus bears, as well as various depictions of Catboy himself.
In the artists own words:
I'm an artist and illustrator living and working in Walthamstow, London. I specialise mainly in mark-making. Pencil on paper, acrylic on wood and linocut prints; the drawn image - expressed by a mark, smudge, messy mistake or just a pure pencil line excites me. I'm fascinated by visual storytelling, drawing a narrative, venturing into fairytale, make-believe, the unknown and just simple day-dreaming.
Over the last 5 years I've been creating a visual storyline around Catboy: the boy with the cat shadow. It was inspired initially by my mischievous cat Harrison and my playful nephew Austin. My own childhood has also provided a more general theme to my work. I was a cheeky young boy, who dreamt of being an astronaut and building his own robot. I liked to go for adventures on long summer days, climb trees, skim stones and cycle fast down country lanes. I want to portray this sense of youth, adventure and discovery in my work.
Developing the possibilities of this narrative and the characters that have evolved has allowed me to explore a varied subject matter: from bears to flying cats to monkeys to the circus and Commedia dell'Arte. Will Catboy become a clown, walk the tightrope and ride a white horse or stay quiet behind a mask, be misled and follow a darker path? The story continues and time will tell!