In order to tell one from the other, the title is determined by the top left hand advert!
We first began making our Bus Ticket pieces in 2014 - Ian had a small collection of 1950's London bus tickets, bought in the Lanes, Brighton, and we both loved the muted colours, texture of the paper and peculiar old adverts on the reverse of some.
Our first piece 'Liqufruta' was sold to interior designer Lisa Sansom, who was creating a bedroom for a 14 year old boy and wanted an artwork that would grow with him.
We made all the original pine frames in our workshop, but later decided that a simple, white box frame gave a cleaner more contemporary finish.
A lot of what we do is experimental and material-led:
we are always on the look-out for interesting and unusual items, and by handling,
arranging and re-arranging them - sometimes for days on end - we finally land on
a solution for how best to proceed.
However, after several years working with early 20th century Poster Stamps,
we still haven't decided what to do with them!
Ian's playful approach and attention to detail
were really brought to the fore when he started
creating these stunning montages, inspired by vintage imagery, in 2016.
It was really exciting when we unwrapped the first prints we'd had made.
We both love to paint, and spend what time we can developing our individual styles.
Rae has always enjoyed hyper-realism: 'Minutiae' started life as a 3-dimensional work consisting of vintage and antique items mounted onto a board covered with early 20th century playing cards.
Having photographed the finished piece, it seemed the perfect subject to be painted.
The finished acrylic on board is 60cm x 77cm and hangs in the studio.