Early Ink Work – 1985-1995

This early illustration technique sprang from my admiration of Japanese art. I had seen the Great Japan Exhibition in London way back in the early eighties at The Royal Academy when I lived there. That exhibit blew my mind. I was so young, and it has always been with me. Japanese calligraphy and ink painting on paper has always mesmerized me and inspired me to imitate brush-hand gesture movements. So, when I started to illustrate, it was right there for me—the chance to express my art through ink.

I started to create ink drawings with ink on paper. I would try out different types of paper and boards. At first, the images that I produced were sort of timid, technically speaking. But as I continued to develop this technique, I saw wonderful splashes, marks, stains, and movement on the page. The textured effect of the ink-marked image would reproduce very well on the Newspaper printed page and sometimes if I did a smaller image and had to blow it up to scale on the printed page, it would create a very grainy textured effect as an image next to the text of the page. The textured effect of the image complemented the page full of black-and-white text page.