I count myself very lucky to have collaborated with some incredibly talented artists. You will find their various works scattered about my site (click each profile image to find out more)…
Dan Prescott: was born in the UK in 1981. He is an artist and illustrator, working mainly in pen and ink. Dan has been a member of Lazy Gramophone since 2004, and has illustrated and designed titles for Lazy Gramophone Press.
He briefly studied art at the turn of the century before decamping to the West Country to study literature. Moving to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue a career in the book trade, he began designing and typesetting books and worked with the Edinburgh International Film Festival in the production of their catalogue and programme. The following year he published an article on publishing and nationalism in the trade journal, Logos.
Around 2004 he became involved with the arts collective Lazy Gramophone. He designed, typeset, illustrated and hand-produced a limited edition run of Lazy Gramophone Press’ second title, Circle Time. He also provided illustrations for a number of the collective’s further poetry collections. In 2006, he exhibited at the Macbeth Gallery in Hoxton, London, showing work beside a number of other artists for the gallery’s opening night. He was then invited to supply work to be exhibited at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London, where one of his pieces was used as the cover image for the members’ magazine. He went on to take part in the fund-raising art initiative, Love in the Sky, in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, in which he produced a collaborative piece of work with the typographer Bruno Maag and the fine artist Liz Dalton. This event led directly to a two-month stint being exhibited in the café at the ICA.
Dan designed and typeset Lazy Gramophone Press’s two collaborative publications, The Book of Apertures and Time, as well as contributing a number of new illustrations.
He is now based in the south of England where he lives with his wife and daughter.
Rima Staines: is an artist using paint, wood, word, music, animation, clock-making, puppetry and story to attempt to build a gate through the hedge that grows along the boundary between this world and that. Her gate-building has been a lifelong pursuit, and she hopes to have perhaps propped aside even one spiked loop of bramble (leaving a chink just big enough for a mud-kneeling, trusting eye to glimpse the beauty there beyond), before she goes through herself. Rima was born in London in 1979 to a family of artists and has always been stubborn about living the things that make her heart sing. She travelled for a year and a day in a hand-built wooden house on wheels to a village on the edge of Dartmoor where she now lives in an old cottage on top of a hill with her beloved, Tom Hirons, and their otherworldly lurcher. Rima’s inspirations are too innumerable to name, but a selection from the bottomless list might include the world and language of folktale; the faces of the people who pass her on the street; the folk music and art of Old Europe and beyond; peasant and nomadic living; magics of every feather; wilderness and plant-lore; the margins of thought, experience, community and spirituality; and the beauty in otherness. Crumbs fall from Rima’s threadbare coat pockets as she travels, and can be found collected here (intothehermitage.blogspot. com), where you may join the caravan. Otherwise you can wander through the rooms of her Hermitage (the-hermitage.org. uk), buy from her emporium (thehermitage. etsy.com), or peer, bewildered, at her timepieces (onceuponoclock.com).
Matt Black: When time is on his side Matt creates images. Mostly it is words that are the inspiration. Aside from making pretty pictures his therapy is writing, reading, photography and music.
He is currently training to be a Teacher of Art and lives with his wife and children near Oxford.
Nelson Evergreen: Lifelong comics fan who sidelined in kids’ illustration at art college and has straddled both camps ever since. Lives in Brighton with other half/writing partner and their imaginary cat. Would have used real name but didn’t think www.neil-evans.com sounded too dazzling. Represented by The Bright Agency.
Jeannie Paske: is a self-taught artist who combines watercolor, charcoal, pastel, powdered pigments and ink to form richly textured illustrations of thoughtful monsters and peculiar creatures. In 2006 she established ‘Obsolete World’ as a place her various creations could call home. She is a big fan of philosophy mixed with humor, and strives to convey hope and introspection, as well as curiosity in her work. Obsolete World art can be found in shops and galleries throughout the United States. Jeannie currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is working on a book of illustrated short stories.
Carl Laurence: is one of those humble mysteries that burrows underground, yet remains distinctly visible to the knowable eye and mind. His drawings offer an intense period of time where all its fruits of labour and strategic problem solving becomes fuzzy, slowly revealing the perfect recipe to a well-baked tangent cake. Improvising, rendering tones and transforming stories into pictures becomes all too possible when his imagination engages like a newly recruited space cadet on too much sugar intake on board a big ass spaceship… Being an abstract and dedicated trooper of Lazy G, he plays ball with illustration and its writers, continuing as a destined MVP on the shortlist for doing something significant in this world before finally up and moving to planet Saturn…..with brains to another dimension, constant haemorrhaging of realistic tendencies, it’s in his black and white world where love is made between a mechanical pencil and a sheet of paper, minus the implication of colour blindness.
Tom Harris: left his degree in Animation with a 2:2, which is fine. However, bereft of the facilities of college and armed only with what was at best a useless computer, some three years later Tom reached an epiphany. He realised that staring blankly at a screen while you waited for the technology to work its ever more protracted ‘magic’ was just too tedious, a bit like waiting for Chris Tarrant to reveal an answer on Millionaire. Plus his PC had developed the lifespan of a Fruit Fly. So Tom turned off his computer for the last time and, like many others before him, picked up the closest thing he could find to alleviate the boredom from the chasm of time that opened up in front of him: A Biro and a scrap of A4. An outpouring of visual diarrhoea was unleashed. As Tom himself puts it, in a slightly related way:
“I remember in one CDT lesson at school drawing a small picture of a kettle in the corner of my exercise book with my Biro and it looked quite good.”
Anyway, since then Tom has turned his hand to illustration. He has produced various pieces for us here at Lazy Gramophone, as well as work for the likes of Scroobius Pip, Marmaduke Dando, Woon and King John along with countless gig posters around London. In January 2008 Tom produced an installation at The Macbeth Gallery in which he white-wallpapered the entire gallery and invited members of the public to come and scrawl whatever they liked on the walls, so elevating the art of toilet wall graffiti to gallery status. Tom continues to champion the universal art of the doodle.