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The art and poetry of Steev Burgess


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"Blue China". One for my "imagined exotic places" series of collages. I hope to sell it to a Chinese takeaway or somesuch.

"Blue China". One for my "imagined exotic places" series of collages. I hope to sell it to a Chinese takeaway or somesuch.

"Bat Dance". I made this collage with my friend Ceri May in mind, after seeing bats on Primrose Hill one night recently.

"Bat Dance". I made this collage with my friend Ceri May in mind, after seeing bats on Primrose Hill one night recently.

"The Dove House"

"The Dove House"

"Jay walking"

"Jay walking"

This is Pipin my canary, out to lunch.

This is Pipin my canary, out to lunch.

"Impecunious in Paradise"

"Impecunious in Paradise"

One of the many features of the Libertines breathtaking comeback in Hyde park were the new graphics, and being an arty type I have to celebrate this neo constructivist work for the next London concerts.

One of the many features of the Libertines breathtaking comeback in Hyde park were the new graphics, and being an arty type I have to celebrate this neo constructivist work for the next London concerts.

"Ride the Westerly" 

"Ride the Westerly" 

"In Barcelona". 

"In Barcelona". 

The figures in my collages

I thought more than one (y’know two or even three) of you might like to hear my answer to the question… . .

"Why do you use figurines in your pictures"?.

The answer is “For various reasons. Firstly, I like the style and dress of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau period and you don’t see many people dressed with such style these days (for reasons too varied to go into). I also like the idea of “breathing life” back into these “people”. When I was little, I liked to make roads for my toy cars, fields for my toy trains and cardboard theatres with lights (using cadbury’s roses wrappers to tint the bulbs) using toy “soldier” pirates and suchlike as actors. A similar desire makes me want to deploy these figurines as my actresses in another visual drama. Using figurines also stops any problem that a real, living person may have with being in a collage. I do sometimes use them, but if they asked me to remove them I suppose I probably would (unless they are politicians who I am satirising or somesuch).

What I’m doing with the themes of the pictures is of course, another question, answered elsewhere. Steev Burgess