Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Delivering Paintings By Adventure.Part One.

Last year I had the great idea of delivering paintings by adventure.

I put some very big paintings for sale at £850 each and offered to hand deliver them (with a performance of my spoken word show and some DJ-ing thrown in) all I asked was that you put me up for a night, fed me and paid my travel. I am in no way a Diva, I'm pretty easy going. I said I'd eat and drink whatever you are having and I can sleep on the sofa. The original blog is HERE.

I loved the idea, and I suppose writing the blog was more about me sharing that funny thought than actually expecting people to take me up on it. I mean I really wanted some adventure, but I was not sure of the likelihood.

So I was delighted when two different sets of people took me up on the offer. Both lead to two proper amazing adventures too. I have just not had a chance to write about them till now because I've spent every waking minute of the last year making paintings of peoples favourite album covers (with reviews).

The first exciting thing to happen was that the two different people tried to buy the same painting.

  'Abstract Expressionsim is harder than it looks.....a lot of fun though'.



This is one of my favourite ever paintings of mine and I'd actually promised myself that this actual painting was the last one of these I would ever make. (I've made quite a few smaller and medium sized paintings of this in the past)

However, I can not resist the call for adventure. I checked with the person who first asked for the painting  (and me delivering it),  if he minded that I was thinking of making another, and I checked with the people who had ordered second if they minded me making them a newer version of the same painting. Luckily everybody was cool, and I was all set for two adventures.

The second painting was actually the first adventure. A couple called Erik and Adrienne wanted me to fly to NEW YORK to officiate their 10 year wedding anniversary. OFFICIATE that sounded like I might need to learn a new profession. This was going to be a great adventure.

I decided the easiest way to transport the painting would be not to make a new one here, but instead, to buy the paint and canvas in America and make the painting there at their wedding vow renewal party.

So far, so amazing, I was flying to New York to OFFICIATE a wedding anniversary because of ART and a funny idea I had. BRILLIANT.

Leading up to the trip, so I could write a speech for the happy couple, they both independently emailed me little pieces of information about each other. I liked them both straight away. It was weird and lovely to get a glimpse into their relationship, and again I thought about how incredible it was that ART had led me to this intimate moment.

On the flight to New York I got very nervous that what I was doing was illegal, that I was intending to make a painting without a proper visa and was going to get caught. I got very paranoid that maybe the TSA read my blog, which in hindsight is a little vain, and that they were going to be waiting for me at the airport. I had visions of them putting me in handcuffs and sending me straight back where I came from. Unsurprisningly the TSA do not read my blog and everything went without a hitch. I got through all the customs stress with no problems  at all, ready to start my adventure

It will not come as a big surprise to some of you that I am not a very organised person. Eric and Adrienne had bought me the flights I needed to get to New York and sent me the tickets. That part of the journey was sorted, also now completed. I had also booked myself a hotel near a train station that seemed to be on the route to where I needed to go. It is a testament to the power of google maps that I manged to get anywhere near where I needed to be. Leaving the airport I realised I had no idea where to go or what I was doing. I just typed my hotel name and 'art shop' into my phone. Luckily we are living in the future and that is all I needed to do. I managed to get paint, canvas and to where I was supposed to be sleeping at the push of a few buttons. Preperation is for losers!

The next day, at the train station, as confident as I was that all the information in my phone was right, I still thought I had better check with the train people to be sure.

 The wedding anniversary was at a house in Greenport on Long Island.

Absolutely everybody I asked for train information refused to believe that Greenport is where I wanted to be going. Probably because I look a bit like an aging hipster and I was carrying a massive canvas and some paint they all said..

'Oh no, you're confused! You mean Greenpoint, you want to go to Greenpoint! Brooklyn! Not Long Island!'

 and then tried to steer me on to the wrong train

This was my first clue that where I was going was off the beaten track. I've been to New York lots and lots of times. During the period when Art Brut were busiest I was in New York more than I was at home. But I have only ever seen the city. In my head all of New York looks like Brooklyn or Manhattan so to be on a train going through places called  Yaphank, Mattituck and HICKSVILLE! was a little disorientating. As was the fact I was carrying a massive canvas and a bag full of paint to a place I couldn't even pronounce, Ronkonkoma, to get in a strangers car (Erik's Mum) to be given a lift to a wedding anniversary, where I was going to be making a painting and a speech and then officially watch over and lead a renewal ceremony for some people that I didn't really know. 


My thoughts at the time kept veering wildly between THIS IS AN AMAZING ADVENTURE. ART IS WONDERFUL AND SO MAGICAL THAT, IF YOU LET IT, IT WILL TRANSPORT YOU ACROSS THE WORLD AND TO NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND EXPERIENCES and I DONT KNOW WHERE I AM, WHERE I AM GOING, OR WHO THESE PEOPLE ARE! MAYBE THEY ARE GOING SACFRIFICE ME TO THE GOD OF LONG ISLAND (BILLY JOEL?)




Did I make some amazing new friends? Or was I thrown on to a fire by a group of pagans chanting the lyrics to Uptown Girl?

I guess you already know the answer, but it is fun to end on a cliff hanger. See you tomorrow for PART 2.


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I don't make the Abstract Expressionism painting any more, but if you would like a painting delivered by adventure. I am making Formed A Band Paintings (100cm x 120cm) on demand and would love to either make one and bring it to you, or make one at your house. They cost £850 and include me performing my spoken word show, DJ-ing and also if you need it me officiating your wedding vow renewal or similar.

I just need my travel paid for, a bit of food/drink and somewhere to sleep. The original blog is HERE.

I also do a smaller version that is blog is HERE

and you can contact me at eddie.argos.resource@gmail.com








Thursday, 21 December 2017

Other Peoples Favourite Album Adventure.

This is the time of year when people list what favourite new music they have discovered, I do it too sometimes. But this year I've hardly had any time to listen to any new music.

I mean I've heard the usual suspects The Indelicates, Fightmilk, Ezra Furman all great of course, and I made time for Go Kart Mozart and Peter Perrett (both also amazing) and discovered Idles (who I have found out about late but are also fantastic) but other than that I've been painting and listening to other peoples favourite albums.

I had no idea this project would take off as much as it has, I've painted over 100 favourite albums now (I sometimes forget to take photos of them if I'm in a rush so they aren't all on my Instagram) and reviewed them all. It has been a strange year, with every spare moment taken up listening to someone else's favourite music.

I've written some pretty harsh music critisism in the past. I thought I'd be doing that with this too enjoying some albums and tearing apart others, but when it came to it, I found I couldn't do it. It just didn't seem the right thing to do especially if the album was intended a gift for somebody

'Happy Birthday! I got Eddie Argos to paint your favourite album, he FUCKING DETESTED IT'

or

'Congratulations on getting married I got Eddie Argos to paint the music you fell in love to, he thinks you are both idiots for liking it and your taste in music sucks'

See not nice!

I didn't want to do anything like that, so actually what turned out to be the most fun thing about the project was finding something I liked about each album. Even Bloc Party.



Going in to each new album with the mind-set 'Hmm I wonder what I will find to enjoy about this' made it a lot more enjoyable. I managed to emphasis the positive with every album, which not only helped me discover I have a broader music taste than I believed, but also, without wanting to sound like a fucking new age  hippy, changed the way I see life.

It turns out, life, not just album paintings, is much more enjoyable if you enter every new challenge with the thought. 'Hmm, I wonder what I will find to enjoy about this' I have decided to make it my mantra. So thanks to the Other Peoples Favourite Album Project for that.

As well as gaining what was probably, for other people, a blindingly obvious insight into a good mantra to live your life by. I did also discover some fantastic music that I would not have stumbled across by myself. I was also surprised that the people who got involved had such broad taste in music. I was expecting it all to be Helen Love, Hefner and Half Man Half Biscuit albums.

The two favourite albums I have discovered from painting have been Wild Honey by The Beach Boys and A Date With Elvis by The Cramps.




I was dreading painting Wild Honey if I'm honest. It was a complicated looking one and I thought

'oh no I'm going to have to spend a week listening to over produced songs about sun tanned girls and surfing'

When actually its a perfect slice of bubble gum pop soul music. Its raw sounding, really funny in places and kind of sexy. None of those things were something I would have previously associated with The Beach Boys.


I was really looking forward to painting a Date With Elvis, as I knew a little about The Cramps from owning 'Best Ofs' and live albums. They were a band I knew I liked but had never really fully explored. I was delighted to find they were even filthier than I had been expecting with 'What's Inside A Girl?' and 'Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?' being particularly great examples. Loved it.

I also got to revisit a lot of albums I love like Midnite Vulture by Beck and Radiator by The Super Furry Animals, pretty much  every Pixies album and some Frank Black and The Catholics, as well as a few of my own favourite albums by Jonathan Richman, David Devant and Hist Spirit Wife and The Mountain Goats.

It was also interesting to see which albums got painted more than once, I painted two Meadowlands by The Wrens, Two Bang Bang Rock and Rolls by Art Brut, Two Frank Zappa's Hot Rats (another album I was not expecting to like but fell in love with), two Sgt Peppers by The Beatles and FIVE With Love and Squalors by We Are Scientists.

So if we are using this as a barometer of best albums ever (and I think we are) We Are Scientists win by three points. 

I've really enjoyed making everybody's favourite albums, It really has taken over my life for a year though. There are still a fair few out in the post at the moment plus a few more I still need to paint. So I'm sure I'll write another blog about it when I paint the last painting.

I'm going to take commissions till the end of the year. So if you would like your favourite album painted. I do them in two sizes and the link is HERE

Or if you want to buy someone a gift there is a link to a special voucher you can buy HERE

Thanks dudes! This has been fun.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Lots and Lots of Paintings.

I've been making album paintings all year.

They look like this.


Super Furry Animals. Radiator.

And this.
Hole Live Through This.


I paint the album while listening to it and then write a little review.

I know people like to buy them for Christmas presents. So I thought I'd give you a heads up that if you are planning to do that you should get in early to make sure they arrive on time. Unlike Father Christmas I don't have lots of little elves. There is just me and my paints.

You can order those HERE

Some people don't know what their boyfriend/girlfriend/son/daughter/dog/cat/libriarian's favourite album is. So for those people I've made a voucher you can give them in the form of a card for their choice of favourite album. That they can then redeem it by emailing me and telling me what album they would like. I've added 4 pounds to the cost of the painting for postage of the voucher and the card.

You can order those HERE

I'm also making smaller Formed A Band paintings for a limited time in acrylic on Canvas board. 24cm x 18cm, numbered and signed those are £60


Both sizes of those are available HERE

And a few people have asked me if I can make these Transparent B Side paintings with other lyrics on them.
 


As it is getting close to Christmas, I've decided that I will. I can make you a transparent B Side painting with any lyric you choose on it, by anybody not just Art Brut as long as the lyric is not terrible (I decide what is terrible) They are £25 each

Those are HERE

and HERE is a link to my shop with some other paintings too.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Large Affordable Paintings Special Gift Me.

Last month, I invented a new way to deliver MASSIVE PAINTINGS. I wrote about it HERE. 

The main gist is that if you buy a painting, and pay for my travel and food I will hand deliver the painting to you (this is cheaper than shipping it) PLUS I will perform my spoken word show for you and your friends, or in your pub, playgroup, school assembly..WHERE EVER YOU WANT.

You can charge people a fee to see the spoken word show and make back the money for the painting, or as an altruistic gesture invite your family and friends and let me tell them all about FORMING A BAND with the hope of making them form their own.

I will also DJ wether you want me to or not.

You only pay for the painting (travel, food and let me sleep on your sofa) everything else I see as part of an adventure.

I sold two MASSIVE paintings using this system, I'm going to Derby for a birthday party in December and to New York for a vegan wedding renewal celebration in September.

I now see Derby and New York as twin cities.

I can not wait. These are both exactly the sort of adventures I was looking for when I had the idea.

I also have two large paintings that I would like to deliver in the same way. I'm not making new paintings these are large paintings from my exhibition in Berlin last year. So when they are gone they
are gone.

The two paintings are a large barcode trees. (acrylic on canvas 80cm x 60cm)



and a large Sealand. (70cm x 50cm)



I do not make these motifs anymore

Large Barcode trees costs 650 Euro

Large Sealand costs 500 Euros.

Massive Formed A Band still available (HERE)

If you are interested you can email me at Eddie.Argos.Resource@gmail.com

It would make a nice christmas present, but I'm afraid I can not spend Christmas day with you.

I'm already looking forward to sleeping on your sofa

Thanks. Eddie Argos.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Massive Paintings, Affordable Shipping, Bonus Gift Me.

Hello. I have some large paintings for Sale.

Formed A Band 120cm x 100cm Acrylic on Canvas (this is the best size of Formed A Band Painting)


And 'Abstract Expressionism is Harder Than It Looks' also Acrylic On Canvas 120cm x 100cm


These paintings are ACE, and LOVELY and MASSIVE and VERY expensive to ship.

So I have figured out a way around that.

For the brilliant price of £850 (plus travel) you can have one of these amazing paintings hand delivered to you by me and as a bonus I will then perform my spoken word show 'I Formed A Band' for you (with a Q and A at the end)

I will perform wherever you like.. in your house..at your club..in your doctors waiting room..play group.. working mans club... and also for any occasion you want...  a birthday ...a bar mitzvah... a court hearing..

You are more than welcome to invite other people along for free, or if you want to charge them money you can do that too, or maybe you would like to be the only person there to relish the awkwardness of me delivering an hour long monologue to you sat by yourself staring at me from your arm chair.

All you need to do is pay for me to get there and a little bit of refreshment.

Travel.


I can't drive so you'll need to pay for a train, bus, taxi, horse and cart.. to get me to your house. As long as its possible to bring a large painting along with me I'll do it.

For Flying, I travel economy with just hand luggage, you will have to pay for the painting one way though of course, (outsize luggage on a flight is usually just the same as a suitcase) I dont mind flying at stupid o'clock.

Accommodation 


You will also (unless you are in Berlin snd maybe London) have to give me somewhere to sleep. A sofa is totally fine. I don't mind a cat sleeping on me but a dog or larger animal is a bit too much.

I'll also need a tiny bit of food (I will eat whatever you are having as long as it is not liver)

And also a little bit of drink (I'll drink whatever you are having as long as its not Pernod)

And thats it.

So a painting and a spoken word show for £850. You can invite 85 of your friends and charge them £10 each to get a free painting, or you can try and bring more people and make a profit. I don't care as far as I'm concerned it is all included in the price of the painting.

Just don't lock me in a cage, or attack me, or photograph me when I'm asleep and we are all good.

If you are interested in this amazing offer. You can get in touch with me at

Eddie.Argos.Resource@gmail.com put the words Massive Painting in the header of your email.

There is only one Abstract Expressionism painting. But large Formed A Band paintings can be made to order.

The painting will be very well wrapped and packaged.

I look forward to sleeping on your sofa.


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Look Good In Leather.

Hey! I've been very busy writing songs and painting album covers, so I've not had a chance to mention this till now..

Earlier in the year, I collaborated on some leather Jackets with JAROW for Ecole Boutique  you can see the amazing things we made in these great campaign photos from BRIX & MASS.


and in more detail here in these photos from Annette Riedel


That skull glows in the dark.


And here is  Death To Everything Jacket.






And here they are in the shop 


I even did an Art Brut Karaoke set at the launch, it was great you should have been there.


Thats me singing Blame It On The Trains (thanks to my mate Pete for the photo)

I fucking loved making the jackets, and was incredibly flattered to be asked by Ecole and to work with Jarow (Madonna owns one of his Jackets AMAZING)

It also filled me with delight to see my paintings on clothing and things that aren't canvas, and led me to make these T-Shirts, Mugs and Tote bags.





It also made me want to paint everything I own with glow in the dark paint.

You can go and see the Jackets at Ecole if you are in Berlin, its on Torstr.3 10119, you can also buy them of course (not from me get in touch with the shop)

You can buy the mugs, Tshirts and Tote bags from me though, they are only available this week from Mercht  and you can get them from here.


T-SHIRT             TOTE BAG              MUG 

I'm off to paint some more album covers. Enjoy your long weekend. 

All love Eddie Argos.

Monday, 21 November 2016

What is your favourite album?

This is an art project, I've been thinking about for a while.

Last year I made a special series of 'mug shot paintings'. - I am still making them in fact you can buy them.HERE 

For those paintings, I painted peoples favourite mugs into a painting. I loved making them as I'm very nosey and it was cool to see what everybody's favourite cup looked like.

What I like more than cups though is music. Every time I was painting a mug I would think this is cool. But I'd much rather be painting this persons favourite album.

Also like I said I'm nosey.

So as a new art project, I'd like to paint peoples favourite albums.

Originally I thought that I might refuse to do a few bands Stone Roses, Radiohead etc. But that does not seem in the spirit of the enterprise. So instead what I have decided to do is paint absoloutely any album, but to write a small review of it on the back of the painting. So yeah, you can ask me to paint the Second Coming, or Murmur by REM you just might not like what I write on the back of it.

To ensure the album is from a fresh perspective I will listen to the album I am painting as I am painting it (even the Stone Roses) 

Here is a painting of one of my favourite albums The Sunset Tree by The Mountain Goats



Paintings are in acrylic on a canvas board  for the 30cm x 30cm (12 inch record)  £95

or on stretched canvas15cm x 15cm and cost £60

both prices include postage to anywhere. and you can buy them from HERE

If you dont have a favourite album but your favourite single is either Modern Art or Formed a Band by Art Brut I can help you there too...



I look forward to painting your favourite album (even the Stone Roses)

Eddie X