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Everything’s Bigger in China

These days, the gigantic monuments and boulevards and ambitions of Beijing make the news every week. "Isn't it amazing what a totalitarian government can do?" rave conservative Western pundits. "The Chinese government decides to do something" – build a dam, knock down …

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Once Upon a Time

There's nothing like a good story. Even if you can only understand a word or two of it. For example, we ran into this guy during Chinese New Year. His fake queue and fancy outfit attracted our attention. "Twenty kuai …

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Accidental Silhouettes

For the past year I've been scrounging about for ways to represent silhouettes in my Cyanotype prints. And yesterday I think I might have stumbled on something with my pocket-sized Canon Ixus: From the windows of Kinokuniya cafe in Siam …

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Memories: House-painting in Haiti

An art student shows off the house he painted during an encaustic painting workshop I gave at Haiti’s National Art School (ENARTS) in 2003 Several of the students I met are now professional artists, like Nixon Leger who has moved …

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Divine Inspiration in Bangkok

Silom Road has airline offices on the verge of extinction, faded “antiques”, and rapidly ageing girls in its tiny yet world-famous Patpong district. But it also boasts Bangkok’s biggest and most colorful Hindu temple. Down the soi lies another kind of …

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Printing Singapore

There’s a lot more to Singapore than its famous restrictions on gum-chewing and jaywalking (and its other, less-publicized laws against racial slurs). It’s a great city to show art. Singapore’s infrastructure and incomes are in good shape, and art is …

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The Lost Staircase

Lost Print: A retro staircase spirals up the side of a mansion in Cambodia Cyanotype Print on 100% cotton French paper, A3 size including borders, #1/20 Edition Varie, 2006 One afternoon I rode on the back of a motorbike up …

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21 Essential Links for Independent Artists

Here are some people who have helped me in my quest to be an independent artist. They range from artists to creative entrepreneurs who are shaping possibilities undreamt of 10 years ago thanks to the internet, like: 1. Chris Guillebeau, Creative …

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Risking it All: Painting [Hong Kong]

All dressed up to paint at the Venetian Macau, 2007 RISKING IT ALL A few summers ago I was still learning how to breathe Hong Kong’s polluted air and wondering what the hell I was doing there. I had left …

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Interview: The Creative Life

Entry to The Artists Place, the studio where I’m currently working in Bangkok Cynthia Morris at Original Impulse recently interviewed me about how I manage to live this crazy creative life that I do. We talk about paper, people, places, …

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