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New work – a portrait of Rowena Macdonald

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 18, 2014

Rowena Macdonald by Julian Baker“Rowena Macdonald”
London, January 2014
Julian Baker

From the series “Novelists

I’ll admit to be quite shallow and buying books because I like the jacket, sometimes the blurb will put me off, other times not. A jacket with a good title? Pretty much a given.

I saw a copy of Rowena Macdonald’s “Smoked meat” face up on the display table in a book shop (yes, another admittance of shallowness, no shelf browsing for me), and was immediately hooked.

A series of interconnected stories, think the way Robert Altman threaded together Raymond Carver’s stories for “Short Cuts”. The first features a nude life drawing model, reading the author biography it turns out that Rowena Macdonald drew on experience, having modelled herself.

As humans we see patterns where none exist, but that has never stopped me from acting from our mind’s compulsion to see order in the flux. Ostensively my Novelists series is loosely corralled around documenting the so called “off beat” scene, as labelled by 3AM magazine. Reading signs like tasseomancy, turns out they’ve interviewed her.

Rowena, once convinced that I wasn’t requiring her to pose naked kindly agreed to have her portrait taken. And here it is.

She also thinks “Another girl, another planet” is the greatest pop song written. A fact I could only argue with if you claimed “Teenage kicks” was.

New work – Balance of power

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on March 23, 2014

Balance of power by Julian Baker

 

Balance of power
Julian Baker
London, February 2014

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work/

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A portrait of Irvine Welsh

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on December 19, 2013

Irvine Welsh by Julian Baker

“Irvine Welsh”
Julian Baker
Glasgow, December 2013

From the series “Novelists

The greatest dishonour the Hollywood studio system has brought us is making the writer unsung. Once storytellers were revered as magi, lore keepers. In a culture where fame equates to a face’s screen-time, some portraiture to rebalance the wordsmith as hero.

New work – Life Support, One Third Inflated

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 26, 2013

One Third Inflated by Julian Baker

“One Third Inflated” – From the Life Support triptych (panel one)
Julian Baker
London, July 2012

www.julianbaker.com/photography/triptychs/

Dog Ear publish “Fumble mouth”

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 24, 2013

Dog Ear publish Fumble mouth by Julian Baker

Hand on heart, I didn’t say those nice things about the bookmark that thinks it’s a magazine that thinks it’s a bookmark that thinks it’s a…. only because I knew this was going to happen…

Dog Ear publish my tiny fiction “Fumble mouth”.

I said them because I meant it, and sent the tale in after my post, honestly. So kiddies, just goes to show, no harm comes from saying nice things about nice people making nice stuff.

Thank you Dog Ear.

New work – Life Support

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 23, 2013

Life Support (panel 3) by Julian

“Life Support” (panel three) – From the Life Support triptych
Julian Baker
London, September 2013

www.julianbaker.com/photography/triptychs/

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The Pocket

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 21, 2013
Illustrations by M of Team Invisible

Illustrations by M of Team Invisible

Back in 2011 I was asked to write a piece for the inaugural edition of Rong Wrong – a literary magazine on the nature of language. I never received a copy and recently noticed the web site’s gone offline. One can only hazard that any viewing is now confined to the shelves and drawers of those who brought a copy.

nthposition — the very fine online literary site —  decided that they would like to publish it in the absence of other outlets.

Read it at www.nthposition.com/thepocket.php

New Work – Tesla

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on May 4, 2013

Tesla

“Tesla”
Julian Baker
London, April 2013

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work/

New work – In conversation with three women

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 24, 2013

In-conversation-triptych

‘In conversation with three women’
Julian Baker
A triptych comprising ‘Male Pattern Blindness’ London, November 2010 / ‘Eye Contact’ London, February 2013 / ‘Bifocal’ London, March 2013

www.julianbaker.com/photography/triptychs/

Shorter – a short stories iPhone app

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 13, 2013

Shorter - short stories by Will Ashon - iPad version

I tried to take Will Ashon’s portrait. Somehow things got mixed up and it ended as an iPhone thing. Here’s what we have to say about it…

Shorter is an app for iPhone and iPad featuring a collection of eighty nine very short stories by Will Ashon for very short trips. A random story is chosen for you to read each time the app is opened. Making it an ideal companion for travel (a story between stops) or toilet breaks.

New stories will be automatically added at unexpected moments, magically sent over the airwaves without having to download the app again, with a little red dot marking their arrival.

Buy “Shorter” from the App Store for 69p

Will Ashon is the author of two novels “Clear Water” and “Heritage” both published by Faber and Faber. The app comes decorated with a lovely illustration by Timothy Hunt. It costs 69p, less than a penny a tale and will last longer than a Mars Bar, unless you are an exceptional slow eater.

Shorter - short stories by Will Ashon - iPhone version

 
Here’s what other people have said about it…

“…excellent value for money; the stories never disappoint with their surreal take on early 21st-century life” – Nicola Presley, The Literary Platform.
Read the full review

“A dead-on depiction of early 21st Century life that soon gives way to something much wilder and stranger. The best collection of short stories I’ve read in years.” – Matt Thorne (Cherry, 8 Minutes Idle, Prince)

“Funny, smart, playful, twisted and devastatingly precise” – Peter Hobbs (The Short Day Dying, I Could Ride All Day In My Cool Blue Train)

New work – Bifocal

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on April 6, 2013

Bifocal by Julian Baker

“Bifocal”
Julian Baker
London, March 2013

From the “In conversation with three women” triptych

New work – Revealing

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on March 30, 2013

Revealing by Julian Baker

“Revealing”
Julian Baker
London, March 2013

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work

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A portrait of Anna Maltz

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on March 27, 2013

Anna Maltz

Anna Maltz
Artist, knitter, activist

I discovered the work of Anna Maltz happening upon an apparent portrait of a family wearing what can only be described as knitted nude suits. The little girl examining her father’s woollen penis. The image was posted uncredited on an internet notice board accompanied by a litany of incredulous comments.

It had to have been the work of an artist – a simple and wonderfully executed concept that throws open all the moral and social contradictions in public displays of nudity. I would see it pop up again in unexpected places, each time eliciting a search to find the creator.

When Sasha Baron Cohen premiered “Bruno” in Berlin wearing a similar outfit a year later I made a concerted effort to find the artist, to express my admiration and congratulate her on finding mainstream exposure. Emailing Anna I learnt the Bruno costumes were not by her.

Artists frequently have their ideas purloined by advertising, take Gillian Wearing’s “Signs that say what you want them to say” and the Volkswagen advert by BMP DDB. In a “creative” industry not crediting a concept is ironic as well as unjust.

It’s probable Baron Cohen was unaware of her work but I would be surprised if no-one in his team had not seen the image, given the similarity in the versions. Five years had passed since Anna exhibited her suits and the emergence of the ones to promote Bruno. It seemed a shame to me that the latecomer and conceptually less brilliant version may become the one posterity remembers. So I thought a formal portrait of Anna in her creation would be in order. I must admit that I may also have had a sneaky desire to try one one for myself.

(Although we corresponded the portrait didn’t happen immediately, since, for a while, Anna thought I was asking her to pose nude. A lesson learnt and now I state clearly when propositioning artists and authors that I’m expecting them to keep their clothes on.)

annamaltz.com

New work – Eye Contact

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on March 1, 2013

Eye Contact by Julian Baker

“Eye contact”
Julian Baker
London, February 2013

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New work – Coupled, Friends #10

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on February 25, 2013

Coupled, Friends #10

“Coupled, Friends #10”
Julian Baker
London, February 2013

From the “Coupled” series

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New work – Coupled, Friends #9

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on February 18, 2013

Coupled, Friends #9 by Julian Baker

“Coupled, Friends #9”
Julian Baker
London, January 2013

From the Coupled series

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Nicholas Royle’s “First Novel” – which isn’t

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on February 15, 2013
First Novel by Nicolas Royle Nicholas Royle portrait by Julian Baker

First Novel by Nicolas Royle | Nicholas Royle portrait by Julian Baker

I received a copy of Nicholas Royle’s new novel “First Novel”, which of course isn’t. It’s his seventh.

I mention this not just because you should be informed and therefore go out – immediately – to buy a copy, but also since it features my portrait of the author on the dust jacket back flap.

The Quietus think it good enough to write about… thequietus.com/articles/11181-nicholas-royle-first-novel-interview-q-and-a

Nicholas Royle not only writes wonderfully dark tales but runs Nightjar Press, a venture I much admire for doing many things well: excellent short stories; independent publishing; objects suitable for leaving as a surprise under your lover’s pillow and making things just because one can.

Of “First Novel” The Independent say “This is a novel that demands to be read more than once”. So you could say “I’m reading ‘First Novel’ for the second time”. If you wanted to.

Featured on the Art – das Kunstmagazin site

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on February 8, 2013

Art - das Kunstmagazin

www.art-magazin.de/kunst/58933/akt_now_aktfotografie

“Art”, a magazine from Germany has just published an interview with me on their webs site, as part of their “Akt Now” series looking at contemporary nude photography.

It’s in German by the way. But there’s pictures.

New work – Coupled, Lovers #9

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on January 29, 2013

Coupled, Lovers #9

“Coupled, Lovers #9”
Julian Baker
London, January 2013

From the Coupled series

New work – Captured by the game

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on January 25, 2013

Captured by the game

“Captured by the game”
Julian Baker
London, January 2013

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work

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New work – Plaster #13 (Dressing)

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on December 29, 2012

Plaster #13 (Dressing) by Julian Baker

“Plaster #13 (Dressing)”
Julian Baker
London, December 2012

From the Skintones series

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New work – Coupled, Friends #8 (Happy Christmas)

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on December 22, 2012

Coupled, Friends #8 650

“Coupled, Friends #8”
London, December 2012
From the “Coupled” series

… and Happy Christmas to each and everyone of us

New work – Ophelia

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 9, 2012

“Ophelia”
Julian Baker
London, October 2012

Shorter app – stories by Will Ashon (aka my first iPhone app)

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 8, 2012

 
 
 
 
I once did some work for the man who designed Bluewater, which led me to read Clearwater, a book by Will Ashon. I liked it. So I wanted to take his portrait. By some curious twist of fate this translated into “shall we make an iPhone app”.

So we did.

It will be available soon from all good iTunes stores for iPad, iPhones and iThings. It features 89 very short stories by Mr Ashon and because every book needs a cover and because fate has already played a hand, why not, I thought, ask Timothy Hunt better known as Fickle Fate to draw some nice pictures for it. Which he did. Which was nice.

So there you go. My first iPhone app featuring stories from Will Ashon and a drawing by Timothy Hunt. I’ll let you know when you can buy a copy.

Perhaps a celebratory portrait is in order?

New work – Niagara

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on November 6, 2012

“Niagara”
Julian Baker
London, October 2012
From the Skintones series

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A portrait of Coppé

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on October 7, 2012

Coppé
Musician, TV presenter, martian
Julian Baker
London, September 2012

www.julianbaker.com/photography/portraiture/

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New work – Plaster #12 (Gracelands)

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on October 2, 2012

Gracelands (Plaster #12)
Julian Baker
London, September 2012

From the Skintones series

New work – One Third Inflated

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on September 30, 2012

“One Third Inflated”
Julian Baker
London, July 2012

From the Skintones series

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New work – Patch

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on September 4, 2012

“Patch”
Julian Baker
London, July 2012
with Dee Francis

New work – Colony

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on August 23, 2012

“Colony”
Julian Baker
Leaving the path, July 2012

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work

New work – Dressed for Pleasure

Posted in wrought by juliobesq on August 6, 2012

“Dressed for Pleasure”
Julian Baker
London, July 2012

www.julianbaker.com/photography/new-work/

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