I was illustrating books and magazines for various London-based publishers when I found my work was straying into a third dimension …. soon the house was filled with pieces that needed a home.
Wherever possible I use recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials. I work on a small-scale in terms of volume to ensure each piece is unique and clearly made by a careful hand.
My work is very immediate and instinctive … I don’t spend hours pondering a piece … I just start and see what, or who, turns up. The inspirations become apparent as the work emerges but I would say themes and roots include: English and German folk toys and popular art; childrens animation from the Seventies (such as Trumpton, Ivor the Engine, Paddington); the Christmas window displays in the ‘Galt Toy Shop’ in Carnaby Street in 1973. I unconsciously draw on these things and mix them with more highbrow ideas such as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Mondrian’s Boogie Woogie, Vivienne Westwood’s Pirate Collection, The Clash and Ziggy Stardust … and out pops my work.
I sell through Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/jimstig , and other websites, art fairs and markets. I will be at the following events (more to come):
- Driftwood Garden Seaford Sussex
- Brighton Festival Open Houses
- Lewes Artwave
- Sussex Prairie Garden
Please contact me with any questions about prices, availability or commissioning of piece