Patrick Wray on Etsy

 I set up an Etsy Shop today. You can see what's on there here......

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PatrickWrayArt

Mainly pics from the last year but these three are from 2021. 'Mirror Mirror' also available as a foldout poster/zine for £2 at Colossive Press.

https://colossive.com/product/mirror-mirror-patrick-wray-colossive-cartographies/


Little Chef (2021) 

Masks (2021)

Mirror Mirror (2021)



'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' Documentary on resonance fm.

'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' is a documentary about writer and historian Clive Murphy. Clive is best known for his 'ordinary lives' series of books for which he interviewed various subjects about their lives before editing and publishing a memoir with them. A chorus girl, a pig farmer and a lavatory attendant were among those he chose. He has also published three novels and a several volumes of Ribald Rhymes.

'The Extraordinary Life of Clive Murphy' is based around an interview from 2019 I did with Clive in which he speaks from his home on Brick Lane about his life and work.

An archive of Clive's work is kept at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.

ww.bishopsgate.org.uk/collections/murphy-clive

If you are interested in obtaining copies of  Clive's books contact info@greggmckenzie.com

There are various articles about Clive online, most notably at The Spitalfields Life Blog....

spitalfieldslife.com/

Thanks to Daniel Halliday for providing the incidental music and cleaning up the sound.

https://danielhalliday.bandcamp.com/

You can listen to the documentary here....

https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/the-extraordinary-life-of-clive-murphy/

An alternate edit with a better ending is here...

https://soundcloud.com/patrick-wray/the-extraordinary-life-of-clive-murphy

Unbeknownst to me until today, this was broadcast on resonance fm as part of the Clear Spot Series on January 9th 2021.







Picture courtesy of Spitalfields Life




Originally published as 'Love, Dears'



Joan Lauder (The Cat Lady of Spitalfields) is the subject of an unpublished 'Ordinary Lives' book.




Holden Park Article on 'Unofficial Britain'

 You can read my article with accompanying artwork about a tunnel I went down thirty years ago in Holden Park which is in Oakworth, West Yorkshire.Unofficial Britain is a site run by Gareth Rees, author of the book 'Unofficial Britian' as well as'Car Park Life', 'The Stone Tide' and 'Hackney Marshman'. The site explores hidden stories about Britian, exploring modern folklore through writing , music and art. .

You can read it here....

http://www.unofficialbritain.com/a-yorkshire-goonies-adventure-inside-the-secret-tunnel-of-holden-park/



 

'Mirror Mirror' Cartographic Zine

 My new cartographic zine is published this week by Colossive Press. Colossive are a really exciting new publishing venture who have had some great notices from Broken Frontier amongst others.

My zine 'Mirror Mirror' is....

'A snapshot meditation on something or other; fragments of ideas and memories that might be contained within a given moment.'

It folds out like a map into an A4 size poster. I tried to use the format a little by having a mirror image that can be viewed both ways around. I got a bit carried away with the drawing and felt that this aspect got lost a bit and so I did some interesting stuff on the outer foldout in order to work with the shape a bit more.

'Mirror Mirror' can be purchased for £2 or in a bundle with works in the series by other artists such as Hannah Lee Miller, Joe Decie and Simon Russell 

Buy it here....

https://colossive.com/product-category/colossive-cartographies/page/2/






New Lockdown Art

 With lockdown back on full I have had time to create some new work. I have quite a few more but  here are some of the highlights. All are for sale.....

Please email via patrickwray77@gmail.com at point of purchase to notify of the picture you wish to buy.

Drawing/Painting



Chips (2020)

Canal (2020)

Dream Agent (2020)

The Big Win (2020)

Ellie (2020)

Pool (2020)

Pool 2(2020)

Blocks (2020)

Destroy All My Possessions (2020) 

Chewing gum Experiment (2020)

Talk Talk (2021)

Cat (2020)

Comet (2020)



Learning to Swim Album

 'Learning to Swim' is my new album released today by the 2020 label/project. Between January 2020 and January 2021 the label has released 20 download albums (one every 20 days) Each album features 20 tracks and each track is 20 seconds in length. In terms of the number of tracks this is an album; but in terms of the length, it only covers one side of a single. The snazzy cover was done by David Barrington. You can see more of his work here.....

https://dbarrington.com/

The 2020 project is the brainchild of Neil Stringfellow who records and releases music under the name Audio Obscura. You can check his mus here....

https://audioobscura.bandcamp.com/


You can listen to and buy 'Learning to Swim' as well as the other 2020 releases at....

https://20x20project.bandcamp.com/album/learning-to-swim

The album comes with a pdf which contains an interview with me about the album. In addition to that, I present here a track by track breakdown of 'Learning to Swim'

1. Make Art!
A militant sounding instruction to 'Make Art'
2. Learning to Swim
The title track.Rock!
3. Oh Blimey (It's Rachel Riley!)
An ode to Rachel Riley, the numerically inclined 'Countdown' girl.
4. Spirits in Asia 
A short paean or parody of the band Japan. Sort of 'Visions of China' for the price of a stamp.
5. I Want to Be Able to See My Reflection on that Floor
A blast of noise.
6. Heaven Can Wait
This one is possibly a sketch for a proper song one day. I asked my friend Stefan Melzak to send me some synthy AOR. He sent me a four minute track. The song I used as reference was a soppy ballad called 'Motor of Love' by Paul McCartney. Not Paul's best (or mine!)
7. Jesus (Back in My Life)
Religious zeal.
8. Return to Childhood
A wide eyed number similar to 'Jesus (Back in My Life) 
9. Writers Block
It Doesn't exist!
10. There Goes Rover
One of those spontaneous numbers that came into my head as I was walking a dog.
11. Frogs
There ain't much I can add to this.
12. Peter Don't Like It
A duet with my mum about my dad who doesn't like much about much.
13. Rock n' Roll Toothbrush
The most rock n'roll number on the album
14. I Only Popped Out to Get some Pritt Stick
I will advertise any product as long as it's something I regularly use.
15. On Desks
Inspired by the stillness in offices. And by the Mecano like office buildings just off Denmark Street in Central London..
16. What I Really Need Now is a Dapol Dalek
This song could have been better. I used to have several Dapol figures but never had a Dalek. Maybe I'll get my Dalek now. Sounds more primitive that the Radiophonic Workshop.
17. I Believe in You
Guest appearance from Alvin and the Chipmunks.
18. Everyone's gone to the Pub
The only guitar number ('Rock N'roll Toothbrush uses a Uke) Just as well as I can't play guitar really.
19. Everybody's Dreaming
The lyric is an echo of the words from 'Above the Rooftops' from 'Christmas Night: A Radio musical'
20. Make More Art!
A reprise of the first track. 


Ten Years of www.patrickwray.com

 Yes, this humble site is ten years old. Since then it has attracted over 80k visitors (a fraction of them may have been actual people I'm told)

It first emerged at the end of 2010. The design is the same as it was then. I guess you could say I'm a creature of habit. Thank you to all those who have visited over the years.

As we head toward 2021 I take this moment to look back on a few popular posts from the site.

Bjork Inspired T-shirt (2016)

From 'Perforated Eardrum' Book published 2019.

Ballet: Lockdown Art (2020)

Dalek Kids (Published in Celestial Toy Room (2013)

Wonder Woman T-shirt (2016)

Tay Art (2014)

The Flood that Did Come published by Avery Hill (2020)

Scene from 'The Old Man of Haworth (2015)
http://www.patrickwray.com/2016/02/the-old-man-of-haworth_16.html

The Better Idea Comic (2012)

ICU on Telephono 1986 (2017)

Countdown (2018)