Abstractive Titles


Some works from my show at the Andel31.org itinerant gallery showing in Copenhagen. Open until 26th April, see their website for hours. My work is largely based on abstracting the titles of famous and expensive abstract paintings until they become semi-abstract themselves.

Black Submarine


So, did you know that Britain is planning on spending billions and billions of quids on a set of matching nuclear submarines to wreak nuclear doom on the planet if we get annoyed with someone or if someone accidentally launches the missiles, or there’s an a mad dictator. Or something. I did, so I did…

Stickers For Ever


Out Now! Buy this set of three sheets of amazing, ultimate quality hand screenprinted stickers of classic and new shiticisms. You can get them at my shop on the internetz, and I will pay the postage to your sticker infested rat hole for free. www.jodybarton.tictail.com

Self Servicing

In a medium sized city somewhere in the frictionless Western World, a group of youngish people play empty games in the kindergarten of ambition and heartbreak. You can download the complete script here: PDF Download (zip). It’s written in 9 short episodes, designed to be very cheap to film. The dialogue is almost impossible to speak,…

Klebstoff Sticker Magazine 8


I just contributed a sheet of stickers to the magazine ‘Klebstoff’. I just did one spread but there are over 200 stickers by at least 15 different artists. You can see all the info and order it here for just €9.90 or a set of three issues for just €24 here.  

5 Dials Literary Magazine


Would you like a free pdf literary magazine with writing by some really world class writers, and illustrated by me? For free? Of course you would. Click through for the link to download and to learn more. http://fivedials.com/fivedials

Some Spots


I drew these brush-o-delic pictures of skateboarding favourites for Nike SB. There’s currently some confusion as to whether they were widely used. I saw a T-shirt with them on, but apart from that… radio silence. Ha!    

Tooled Up – An Art Show


So, I like to be involved in things – and generally it’s a good thing. So when Mike Moloney, an old college friend of mine asked me to be in a show he was organising I said yes. He sent me a hammer in the post – it went by airmail – meaning that at…

Got This Licked – Wrong For Hay


Really excited (like actually, honestly) to have made this bag with Sebastian Wrong – the designer namesake behind the Wrong For Hay collection for Danish interiors company Hay. I got to get me one of these. Two sizes, two colour schemes. read more

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.…

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 www.jodybarton.co.uk/library

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.  

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.