Jody Barton – Blog

Tooled Up – An Art Show

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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…

Save The Bees

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Regularly used pesticides are probably the main reason why there are a lot of crazy desperate bees around these days. Honey thefts are up by 400%. Stingings and swarmings in the branches of supermarkets etc. Buy this unique painting at auction to help them and their families chill out.  

Got This Licked – Wrong For Hay

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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. Buy this fucker now. (I can swear, it’s my blog). read more

Put Students to Work on the Railway

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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?

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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 VikingQuest2014.com

Free Library – Screenprint

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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

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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

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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

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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. http://www.blickfang.com/blickfang/en/exhibitions/hamburg  

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

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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 http://mothereleganza.com/product/surfer-t-shirt-by-jody-barton

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…