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supersnail art painting and graphics

Me, the SuperSnail

Hi folks, I’m Quentin and I have been a working artist since the early eighties. My speciality is trompe l’œil (note the use of the Œ for the correct spelling) but I undertake many different styles.

I also design and mount websites (some of which can be seen on the pages in the menu) prepare graphics for web and print and much more. I call my self SuperSnail simply because I sign my work with a stylised “QR” which you can see above and resembles a snail. For more info about me please see the ABOUT page.

I also use this web space to mouth off a bit. Can’t help it. I look at the world and I see so many somnambulists plodding through dreary, avoidable, tough lives with so much un-noticed weirdness going on all around them. It makes me wonder why they don’t all wake up and we can do something to restore people a bit of control over their lives instead of faceless corporations dictating to OUR governmental representatives how poor and deprived they want us to be.

Don’t play their game: you don’t need that extra 42″ flat-screen with its designed in life expectancy of a couple of years. Buy an instrument, entertain yourself instead of being spoon-fed mindless sit-coms and police dramas with their glorification of violence and infidelity.

I hope you enjoy browsing my work, that you don’t get too annoyed at my rants, and if you feel I can help in some way please contact me.

Thanks.

GMOs

mosanto - bio-rapists

The dicks that don’t know what they are doing. But hey – they earned a lot of money screwing up nature.

Do you think that a bunch of bio-engineers whose remit is to make a profit at any cost (we will pay the cost, it seems like the first mutations in human placentas are occurring in the Indonesian Archipelago possibly as a result of GM soy.) are to be trusted with out FOOD!

I mean, come on folks, what we put in our bodies is pretty fundamental. Tomatoes with fish genes? Super-mutant weeds causing havoc with water courses.

Only in America is a pizza classed as a VEGETABLE.

Yes folks, you heard right, A VEGETABLE.

So the main company involved in trying to make us eat their untested, unknown garbage is MONSANTO. Their logo says

“BIO-TECHNOLOGY – innovation, collaboration, speed”.

I think its more like this:

monsanto parody

The rapists of Mother Earth – and all done for a profit.

Campo Fire

July 2014
My place

Go here for the full story on Photobucket.com
Campo fire July 2014. Mijas Costa.

Or here to see it on this site. (It’s better on Photobucket their reduction on here doesn’t work too well)

Snails & Hedgehogs & Frogs

Our menagerie has come on apace…




jardimals frog bench sculpture


Well over at Jardimals we are tidying up the snail. So I thought I’d put a picture of Slippy the Snail and Eddie on here as this new sculpture furniture for gardens is driving me at the moment.

snail sculpture

Snail sculpture for Jardimals


hedgehog sculpture

Hedgehog feet for Jardimals

The Jardimals project continues with our frog. At the moment we aren’t quite finished but here are some pics of the beast under construction.

frog sculpture

The Jardimals frog


frog sculpture

frog sculpture


frog sculpture

Jardimals frog feet

Unconventional thought

Unconventional Realms

web site graphic

UNCONVENTIONAL REALMS unconventional thought

Had odd thoughts as to the state of the world? This site has.

Why not have a read and see what you think. If nothing else it’s an unconventional view of the world.

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UPDATE: unfortunately it seems that this site has been abandoned. Shame, there was some good stuff there.

Jardimals

The Jardimals project is to make sculpture as garden furniture. The feet of garden benches will all be the same height thereby giving the client a choice of asymmetrical feet of varying shape and design. To date we have a snail, a frog and a hedgehog. There are plenty more to come.

snail garden bench sculpture

A garden bench with snail feet

hedgehog sculpture

Eddie the hedgehog bench

Why Eddie?

Eddie Erizo – being spanish for our prickly friend

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Posters

This was an A3 poster for an Arklow, Co. Wicklow band that recently disbanded after 20+ years.

gouache and ink poster

Those Lazy Babies

Produced quickly in gouache and ink.

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Furniture

Decorated furniture has been with us for centuries. Painted, carved, marquetry and lots more if you look around. Because of my trompe l’œil discipline I naturally gravitated to that side of the decoration. I have painted lots of furniture to commission over the years, and, in many ways, it’s my favourite.

On the furniture page you will see some of the examples that I managed to photograph. But this is a toilet seat with items painted on the lid. They are inexpensive and fun. Naturally the more on the seat the more it costs. With most painting and especially with trompe l’œil the money is in the details.

Painted directly onto a toilet seat

Painted directly onto a toilet seat for a gardner wife and electrician husband

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Ambigrams

Ambigrams are words that can be read normally or upside down. They were brought to fame by Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. These were created with vectors and in some cases viewing them upside down gives a different word.

vector graphics ambigram

Ambigram on the spanish word “abuelita” – granny

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Political? Maybe.

Not too sure about the New World Order and all it’s various security agencies. I don’t do TV but when I do have the misfortune to see some it always strikes me as bizarre. It seems that there is a lot of bull being talked, to my mind. I have always seen the TV as a method of insidious programming, an electro-narcotic. All this scaremongering has lead to the birth of various agencies that are supposed to be working for us.

I have my doubts.

So here are a few political statements and parodies. Hope you like them.

vector graphics DHS

Parody on the USA’s control mechanism the DHS

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Facebook?

I decided that Facebook’s profile pictures weren’t to my taste especially as they use facial recognition software. Call me paranoid but I don’t like my biometrics all over the place and included in passports and picture driver’s licenses, being clocked by CCTV. Couple that with all the GPS embedded meta data… well suffice it to say that I no longer use Facebook. I prefer to keep a slightly lower profile.

Result are these Facebook profile pictures for the wary.

Facebook profile avatar

Facebook avatars for the wary


facebook profile avatar

Facebook directed dreams

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Boredom set in

So living in Spain at the moment is dire. There is no work and even when one does find something everyone wants it for nothing. The only advantage to being here is that there are no heating bills, I can see the sea, the weather is… well better than the north of Europe. Nuff said.

So my boredom lead to some vector graphics of the rapidly approaching and anticipated summer vistas.

vector graphics female

Small bikini and torso study created in vector graphics

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Websites

website design

Online African craft shop

Website design. No I can’t build you a site like Amazon but I can undertake sites for people that want a web presence. The site featured here took some 200 hours – but then there were a lot of products to include along with the resizing and optimising of photos for the web. On the websites page you will see other examples that are considerably smaller and quicker to produce.

I also have a good friend at PlusLocal that hosts all my sites for me. His servers are wicked fast and the support is impeccable and the price? Well I like it.

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Logo design

I have to admit that I find logos hard to do – I tend to over complicate them. Never the less there are a couple with which I am happy.

Vector designed logo

Vector designed logo

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Guitars

I love guitars. They have female forms. And bearing that in mind I decided to undertake a series of painted guitars. The idea was that each guitar should be a beach view with a babe. So far I have to admit that 2 are painted and 2 are half done and 2 are primed and based ready to go. When I stop prevaricating I’ll finish them off.

painted guitar

RIO – painted guitar featuring Copacabana beach and a “menina”

This one is the famous Copacabana beach in Rio where I had the privilege of living for a while. The others, so far, feature Phuket, Frösakull and Mombasa in my country of birth. The remaining 2 are to be decided but I think they’ll be Australia somewhere and Costa Rica.

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In the lap of the Gods

I like working in 3D but I don’t often get the chance to do it commercially. The case of the Buddha came about when decorating a Thai restaurant in Mijas Pueblo, Costa del Sol. I heard the owner complaining that he couldn’t get a big bronze Buddha from Thailand in time for the inauguration of the restaurant. I offered to build him one… he accepted.

buddha sculpture

Building the Buddha

It was built of plaster on an armature and then finished with a faux bronze patina. The faces of the Thai workers in the restaurant lit up and, I have to admit, I was blown away when they started praying and decorating Buddha’s space.

buddha sculpture

The finished Buddha with a bronze paint finish

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Faux Finish

faux painting

Faux bois on metal garage door

The art of the faux finish is to paint one surface to make it appear something else. In Victorian England cheap doors were grained to make them look as if made of oak or some other expensive wood. Similarly walls were painted to appear as if made of marble and other stone finishes.

Working in London in the 1980s saw a “reverse snobbery” taking place where the painted finishes were more expensive than the actual item. They became a social status and spawned many TV shows on how to paint faux finishes. Suddenly everyone was an expert!

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Sign writing

Trompe l' oeil sign writing

Trompe l’ oeil sign writing

Sign writing is dying. Mostly people have computers and a vast array of (unused) fonts. It’s so much easier to go to the print shop and say I want a sign made up saying “El Secreto de la Abuela” or whatever and have it run off on sticky plastic.

Granted the sticky plastic has come a long way, it now incorporates UV filters and there are special varnishes that help with longevity too. But it has killed an art form. Could plastic get the anchor and shadows on this yellow wall?

Again – Now everyone’s an expert.

Collage

photo montage

The Chapel Perilous

When I am not working for someone I like to create what I call “collages”. I guess the word stems from the days when I used to use loads of magazines, scissors, scalpels and glue. These days it is way easier on the computer. However the computer does take some of the discipline out of it as the images are resizable, editable and they can be flipped horizontally or vertically which of course couldn’t be done with a cut-out.

Probably a better term would be photo-montage.
This is an art form that I like immensely and was originally inspired but the British artist Penny Slinger whom I met briefly in the 1970s.

Murals

mural

Banana tree trompe l’œil in a Barcelona stairwell

Murals can serve to change an otherwise dull wall area into something with a little more atmosphere. Whether it simply breaks up a large space or helps to add to the atmosphere of, say, a restaurant.

Theatre

When living in Eire I got involved in theatre thanks to Michael Stafford, my kid’s granddad. I knew nothing but he had confidence in my abilities and the result was a lot of prizes and honourable mentions for my visions of the various plays. Thanks Mick!

This set was the Post Horn Gallop by Derek Benfield. Now I wouldn’t be that into farces but the play set me in mind of cartoons. So I painted the set like that. The reviewer in Gorey Co. Wexford made the ego boosting comment that the price of admission was worth it if only to see the set.

Play sets and scenic painting

Play sets and scenic painting

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Portraits

Painting and drawing people has always facinated me. This picture below is of Œnone, my daughter, painted on profiled MDF board. I think that working on irregular walls has put me off the formal framed picture. Nearly all my paintings have no frame.

portrait painting

Œnone at five years old with all her drawings.

Trompe l’ oeil

Trompe l’œil is a french word meaning “trick the eye”. In spanish it is the same, trampantojo. Some times it is written trompe d’œil which would mean “trick of the eye”. Trompe l’œil (correctly written with the diphthong) can encompass many styles. Painted marble and faux bois can be included in this category because they become the tools of the painter who is trying to fool you. There is no point in painting a violin on the back of a door if you can’t paint the wood from which the violin is made. There is a famous example of this violin at Chatsworth House, UK.

murals

Trompe l’ œil shelf with flowers painted directly on a wall

Often trompe l’oeil paintings are huge murals with views, masonry work, windows, pillars and various other architectural elements that change the aspect of the room in which they are painted. However it can be seen from the picture above that they don’t need to be. This little shelf measured about 60cm square.

Decoration

As long as man has existed he has felt the need to decorate his tools, weapons, living space and more. This picture is from “The Book of Kells” it features a letter, the letter P decorated to the hilt in a traditional celtic style.

decorated letter in celtic style from book of kells

The Book of Kells is one of the finest and most famous of a group of manuscripts, produced from the late 6th through the early 9th centuries in monasteries in Ireland, Scotland and England.

CD and DVD

I always wanted to design an album cover. I got the chance to do two. I was also asked to produce covers for Aikido DVDs

CD cover design

Beautiful People CD cover

This cover was created about 2 foot square in collage. It was for the band The Beautiful People who enjoyed some success in the early 90s with the album “If 60s were 90s”. They managed to obtain the rights to use Jimi Hendrix samples.

I also had the chance of jamming with some of these guys – brilliant fun. Thanks Phil and Anton and Duncan.