Jody Barton – Blog

Put Students to Work on the Railway


Great Britain is in the process of building a high speed rail network. It should cut journey times for the great hard-working British public in half. This is a huge capital project and will take many years, and one of the main expenses of the project, apart from the vast quantities of materials, is human toil.…

Do Broken Windows Create Economic Activity?


I’m working on a series of images at the moment exploring the visual metaphor of the broken window. In 1850 the French economist Frédéric Bastiat examined the metaphor of the broken window in an economic context in the ‘glazier’s fallacy’ section of his famous essay That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen. In 1982 in an article by James Q.…

Cyclopath ECMC Pre-Event

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Here’s a spoke card I’ve drawn for an ‘alley cat’ race at the European Cycle Messenger Championships pre event. I used my ‘retro style’ like what I did back in the old days. Details on

Free Library – Screenprint


As part of my show in Berlin at the Antonio de Luca Gallery, I made this screenprinted booklet/foldout. It has a picture of each of the books that I now give away for free as eBooks at

Lightning – A Model For Our Time


Lightning is my model. I have praised her before here, but again she has surprised me. Largely because she is nearly 4 metres tall and extremely athletic. She creeps around on her high-heeled feet like a cross between a narwal and a domestic cat. We spent a feverish day and night in the studio this…

Wrong for Hay Catalogue


Hey, You! So I just got this back from the printers. It’s the special catalogue for Sebastian Wrong’s product range for Hay the interiors store. I did the patterns and the amazing Marco Velardi & SM Associati did the design. You can download the whole thing from Hay’s website as a lo-res pdf just by…

The Free Library

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Welcome to the FREE eBook Library. Download books for free! As part of the ‘Free Library & The Manic Defence’ show at the Antonio De Luca Gallery Berlin on 31st January 2014 I want to give everyone the opportunity to read and enjoy these specially redesigned editions of 15 of my books from the last…

Manic Defence & The Free Library – Berlin Show & FILMS


A show of new paintings and drawings. On the night of the opening I’ll also be giving away 100 free signed limited edition screenprints to celebrate the opening of the Free Library. The Free Library has all the books I’ve ever made as an artist including such gems as ‘Love Me Hold Me’, ‘F.H.I.F.F.’, ‘Golden…

The Manic Defence

The Manic Defence The Manic Defence is their eyes seeing us pupils pointing in our direction as we assess: is that person’s pupil in the visual-middle of their ‘eye white’? Does that mean I’m liked? Eyes lovingly regard us as we forget the ability of eyes to lie to look half interestedly – to flick,…

Lightning – The World’s Eroticest Artiste’s Modele

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I work with some of the world’s most smokin’est broadalinas. But of all the goddesses that visit the studio then Lightning has to be one of the most felinuous. She’s a living statue of the dancefloor. The heating is on so hot here that helicopters are floating overhead in the updraft. Lightning is a fascinating…

Bloody Thumb

These drawings are from a dream. Towers of coloured sand with vague silhouettes of sentinels, fragments of wooden structures lie submerged in grass, a droplet of fresh dark blood oozes from a neat cut on my thumb. The blood is alive with patterns and images.  

Sebastian Wrong at Blickfang

Just got the invitation to the launch of the Blickfang 2013 design fair in Hamburg back from the printer. They chose the first one – the pink eyeballs. Looks super cool in ‘real life’ with thick glossy spot varnish effects.  

Bouncing Your Own Drum

I know you don’t want to hear compliments, because you are scared that hearing them might make you happy or give rise to other emotions. I know you are scared of feelings because you don’t want to open the floodgates. Who knows what’s at the bottom of the weir? But when someone compliments you, you…

Jerek Jarman

  I didn’t grow in this jar like a mushroom – I climbed in for safety during a difficult moment and then was fed through the neck and grew too big to escape.

I’m Not A JPEG

Here’s a song I’m working on with my new band. A work in progress. I’m NOT A JPEG I’m not an image on a screen… I’m instead the human being I’m not something you delete… I’m instead the human being You can’t scroll by me… I’m instead the human being You can’t like me, I’m…

Triplus Umbilicus

  After the resounding success of my first unmade film ‘Self Servicing’ (which at least has a script), I am now working on another un-made film – Triplus Umbilicus. It’s a tale about one man and his obscene love for a rubber elephant suit – but it’s also a metaphor for our total dependency on…

Stussy Japan California Psychedelica


It’s another Japan moment for me. Stuff I drew, on a shirt, in a shop, in the country of Japan. Crazy psychedelic oddness. Keyrings with glitter. Who knew? Including images from the Special Launch at the Stussy Pop-up shop in Harajaku. There will now follow an announcement in Japanese for which I take no responsibility for…

Schoolyard Blues

Hey hey… So I was doing a nice drawing job for a Swiss magazine. The illustration was about school and it’s a real epic drawing with many many elements. I can’t show you that because it isn’t published yet, but here’s some roughs of other ideas for the same job.

Business Surfer T-shirt – With Mother Eleganza

Here’s a cool re-issue for Europe of a shirt originally made in Japan and now sold out. It’s got a funny little office dude who’s busted out of the office and is now surfing a big wave of destruction – backwards! It’s €38

Embryo Boy – Clay Bust

I’m making a little clay bust of Embryo Boy! It’s about 7cm tall. This is just the first stage before the first firing. If he doesn’t crack up when he dries out then he’ll be fired twice: once without a glaze and then with glaze colours on the second firing. I think I’ll make him…

Das Magazin 04

Here’s a simple illustration in black and white for last weeks Das Magazin, the Sunday magazine section of the Swiss Newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. It’s for the Das Magazin essay contest.

FATYO Special Edition Collection 11

As part of my Black Humours project in Japan we sometimes work on special collections with other labels. This is a collection for the brand FATYO. I think they may have made my name too big… FAT 11th Anniversaryを記念したTシャツ。イギリス出身のアーティスト、ジョディー・バートンがグラフィックを担当。テイストの違う2グラフィックを1セットにしてオリジナルトートに入ったスペシャルパッケージ

Black Humours Circus Collection

Here’s a few images from the new Black Humours collection. It’s a circus themed collection. There’s an animation in the works too. Currently only available from Japanese store ZOZO. Click here for their online selection of stuff with my work on.