Big Cats of Britain
Big Cats of Britain is a tongue in cheek guide to mystery big cat sightings in the British Isles. The desire for excitement in the tedium of everyday life has lead to various legends being born of wild beasts roaming our (usually) quite and peaceful countryside, terrorising the neighbourhoods . Or perhaps it was just a plastic bag. Created using original hand drawn illustrations.
High Quality archival Inkjet Print on High Quality Archival Paper 2017 40 x 50 cms
The London Cat Map
This wholly unscholarly, meticulously hand drawn, cat-o-graphic map illustrates the history of felines in the capital. Londoners, along with the rest of the UK, love their cats and the city is teaming with cat related stories, works of art and historical anecdotes (as well as ACTUAL cats).  Having trawled many books and the internet (the home of cat facts and fiction), as well as the streets of London, I have picked out some of my favourite quirky cats of the capital to illustrate and create the purr-fect plan.
High Quality archival Inkjet Print on High Quality Archival Paper 2017 59.4 x 42 cms
A map of all things cat in SE15 (this may not quite be true, as least some things cat in SE15).This originally hand drawn print provides a snapshot of cat life in Peckham in 2011. Some cats are still there, some have moved on..
Poster print 42 x 59 cm
A species is a natural phenomenon, a breed is engineered by man, and none more profoundly than the dog. No other species has been used to create such a huge variety of odd looking creatures, and yet each has its own individual character and appeal, much like the different areas in London. From the affluent Knightsbridge to the edgy east end, the suited City to the suburban Crouch End, different postcodes attract different residents and so build up its unique make-up
This tongue in cheek map illustrates where each dog 'lives' in London. It is inspired by traditional map drawings, especially of London, where the river Thames more often than not takes centre stage, splitting the city in half with its curvaceous, winding form. Each of the 35 dogs is placed in their postcode area, with an 'explanation' to the sides giving a brief description of each breed. Much of the text is taken from the book 'Champions Dogs of the World' by Richard Hamilton Glyn, as Walsh found the descriptions of the dogs often uncannily describing the inhabitants of certain areas….
Archival Giclee Print From Original Hand Drawings, On Soft Textured Natural White 315 Gsm Paper 84.1cm x 59.4cm 2011
                                                        East End Champion Chaffinches
Champion chaffinches was a cult activity with working class bird fanciers in the east end of London in the late 19th century. It took place in pubs where wild chaffinches that had been captured were pitched against each other in singing contests. The winner was the bird that sang the most complete tunes during the 15 minute matches. Shoreditch Bobby and Kingsland Roarer were actual competitors, the rest are imagined other participants! (source 'Beastly London' by Hannah Velten). The style is based on collectable cigarette cards, which came free in cigarette packs, and are still popular decorations in English pubs today.
Printed on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190g paper.  Size - 420 x 297 mm

                                                             London Fancy Canaries

'London Fancies' is based on the London Fancy Canary, a unique variety of canary bred in London in the 19th century, deep orange-yellow with jet black wings and tails, which became extinct during the 1st world war. Canaries were hugely popular with the working classes in London in the 19th century. One journalist described them as being sent to ’rejoice the hearts of us dwellers in cities’ with their ‘sprightly movements’ and their ‘joyous and irrepressible notes of ecstasy’ (source ‘Beastly London’ by Hannah Velten).  This print aims to replicate that feeling, lifting the hearts of us city dwellers, inspired by natural history illustrations

High quality archival print on , with hand painted gold paint lettering. 40 x 50 cms

Thought owls just sang twit twoo? Think again. This illustrated print shows owl voices are way more varied than Simon Cowell's record collection. Owl voices originally written by Wouter van der Weyden and Howard Ginn.
Printed on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190g paper. Size - 420 x 297 mm


                                                                   Budget Budgies
This bizarre yet beautiful print spots the similarities between budgie breeding and budget high street brands, creating a wonderfully exotic display of feathered friends
Printed on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190g paper. Size - 420 x 297 mm
What did the Victorians think of dogs? Find out in this beautifully hand illustrated and original print of different dog breeds. The text is taken from a book of dogs from Victorian times describing different breeds in a delightfully eccentric  manner - 'The pug market is over stocked' 'You may know a gentleman by his horse his hawk and his greyhound' etc
Giclee  print on matt decor smooth 210 gsm paper. Black print on off white background. 40cm x 30 cm
A Dog Starry Night
Inspired by antique star constellation maps, Canis Major and Canis Minor come together in this original illustrated dog starry print.
Printed on Bockingford inkjet watercolour 190g paper. Size - 420 x 297 mm
The Six Legged Bear
This piece was for an exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark, organised by A Secret Club, called Expedition No. 2: To The North! Each artist was given a different part of the 'story' to illustrate. Mine was all about the 6 Legged Bear...

'The Six Legged Bear is cross between a real fear and a superstition. It is said to come up from the south and while it isn't aggressive, it's very destructive due to it's size, strength and clumsiness - it is said that if a The Six Legged Bear walks through your camp, not a single thing will remain whole, everything will be broken.'

My piece was influenced by antique maps, including star constellation maps(as it is a 'myth'), particularly as I had recently visited an exhibition on antique world maps at the American Museum in Britain (in Bath), which had had some particularly fine examples.
Larger than life film characters are squeezed together onto this print of jolly giants.
A short print about short people (well specifically film stars and characters). Illustrated short film stars in order of their height…. will your favourite make it to the 'short list?'

Both prints 420 x 297 mm
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