I think it’s really important to devour culture, to soak, immerse, pickle and rinse your self in the stuff! Here are a few things that have I have approached with fascination and interest. It all goes into the artistic mix; it feeds, nourishes and without it I shall wither!


Jean-Michel Basquiat – Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Ornamental Despair (Painting for Ian Curtis) – Julian Schnabel
Art Brut Japonais II – Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
Danse Macabre – Bernt Notke. St. Nicholas’ Church, Tallinn Estonia


Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fondation Louis Vuitton – Dieter Buchhart
Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
The Little Zen Companion – David Schiller
The Sick Bag Song – Nick Cave


Spacebound Apes – Neil Cowley Trio
Lodger (Tony Visconti remix) – David Bowie
Flowers of Romance – Public Image Ltd
“Kicking Against The Pricks” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Wings Of Desire – Soundtrack
White Lunar – Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Secrets of the Beehive – David Sylvian
Distortland – The Dandy Warhols


Stan & Ollie – Jon S. Baird
Tokyo Story – Yasujiro Ozu
Loving Vincent – Dorota Kobiela / Hugh Welchman
On Chesil Beach – Dominic Cooke
Strangers On A Train – Alfred Hitchcock
Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes
Pina – Wim Wenders
Boom For Real – Sara Driver


Winter light and winter cold
Black Medicine Coffee – Edinburgh


When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
– John Lennon

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. – Edgar Degas

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country