Early London

In June 1974 I was repatriated by the RAF from the troubles in Cyprus. After flying into RAF Brize Norton and Bussed  to London I was dropped at Paddington Station with the clothes I was wearing and a £5 note to my name. I soon found shelter with some old art college friends and within a few weeks had myself a basic bedsit in Crouch End. I needed work. Luckily I still had a NATKE card from working as a stagehand at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton when I was at art college and I soon found work with the National Theatre company at the Old Vic. This coincided with their move to the new South Bank complex so there was plenty of work on offer. I also scanned the Evening Standard and replied to a Job advert for a designer in the Gold and Silver industry with Edward Barnard and and Sons in Hatton Garden. To my surprise, having no experience at all in that industry I got the job. The route to work involved a bus to Finsbury Park then Underground to Farringdon. One day I met a lovely girl and before long we moved to an attic flat on the Cromwell Road and it was there that I began to pick up my art practice again.

My NATKE Union card
Wax models of Boxers I made at Barnards to be cast in Silver.
Me in Cromwell Road flat in1975
Grid for Sarah Levitating
Sketch for Sarah Levitating
Reference for The Magical Muscle Man painting of Professor Sav Kushner
Reference for Earlscourt at Night
Me in Cromwell Road
Reference for Levitation work