The Retrospective exhibition at the VG&M in Liverpool my home town, is on from March and beyond October 2017, a good length of time to run. Time is a great SF trope, you could say 40 years in preparation (as a freelance comic artist) and 4 years since I was first approached to have the exhibition. The root of the exhibition is Science Fiction, comics and illustration, of which I am very proud, but more than that this it is about Liverpool, about my roots, family, friends, support net work and all the creative hands behind the presentation of this exhibition that features my art.
This whole event would not have happened with out Mike Edwards who had pushed for me to have an exhibition in Liverpool for many years, and with his team of talented designers at Kaleidoscope – designed and produced most of the presentation of my work you see on the walls.
Matthew Clough who first listened to Mike banging on about me having an exhibition and made it happen. One of the pleasures of this retrospective is working with the talented team from the VG&M, Leonie Sedman the curator who along with Kirsty Hall had the hands on job of making this all come together in such an impeccable way.
The art is presented is one of the most imaginative use of wall space and combinations of art I have ever seen in an exhibition. Leonie saw threads and connections to the art that, even I as the artist did not see until it was pointed out, the back room people from Moira, fine art expert and the technician’s had done such an impressive job relating the work to each other in groupings and along with artists such as JMW Turner, Lucien Freud and others in my inspiration corridor, to hanging it, that show it all off to its best advantage and how sequential art connects from panel to page to complete story, I am blown away by it all.