Covfefe


COVFEFE
Mixed media. Acrylic, spray paint, collage.
Original New Yorker Magazine front covers.
Main artwork 80cm x 80cm x 4cm.

This artwork was produced as a request to draw focus to a particularly troubled era in US, and global history. The spectre of Donald Trump as US President symbolises an apogee - where social, political and sexual divisions in society were endorsed and inflamed by key individuals, who exploited their positions of power to manipulate both the media and the proletariat into embellishing the myth.

This artwork is a diptych, using original New Yorker Magazine front covers to illustrate Division in a very literal sense - the piece being composed of two separate parts.

Within this maelstrom of fraudulency and misrepresentation, are featured the major players in a landscape of unrest - Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King, Zora Neale Hurston, Malcolm X, US gun laws, Russian interference in the US election, the proposed wall between Mexico and the US, gender-based discrimination and exploitation within the film industry.

In memory of Tazeen Ahmad.







All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

When The Fox met The Rooster - Limited Edition Prints

Archival pigment print.
Image size: 38cm x 30cm. Print size: 54 x 42cm.
Signed and numbered. Limited Edition of 12 Worldwide.
£350 [includes signed Certificate of Authenticity, packaging and postage]
For buying inquires, please email renert@james-straffon.co.uk
LE PETIT RAMONEUR
THE FARMER FROM MAMER

L'UOMO PIO DI FERRO
THE ANGEL OF THE MOUNTAINS

THE EAGLE FROM TOLEDO
MONSIEUR CHRONO

MISTER TOM
LE CANNIBALE

ETERNALLY SECOND
IL PIRATA

THE MANX MISSILE
ANDY

A Tour de France cycling artwork featuring Maurice Garin created by artist James Straffon

Nicolas Frantz - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Gino Bartali - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Charly Ghaul - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Frederico Bahamontes - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Jacques Anquetil - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Tom Simpson - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Eddy Merckx - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Joop Zoetemelk - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Marco Pantani - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg


Andy Schleck - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

Mark Cavendish - James Straffon cycling art When the Fox met The Rooster, Luxembourg

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

The Kirkgate Triptych

A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon
A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon
A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon

A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon

The Leeming Building, Leeds is a creative space for creative thinkers. It engenders an environment of growth and progress, through acknowledgement of our heritage and also our future. An understanding of those values is the core thinking behind the Kirkgate Triptych. This artwork takes its inspiration from a plethora of rich visual source materials, all found within the historic Kirkgate Market, around which The Leeming Building is wrapped, on its western flank, fronting Vicar Lane. Below are listed the imagery and symbolism incorporated within the landscape of this artwork.

Joseph and John Leeming
Originally from the local town of Halifax, John Leeming (1849-1931) and Joseph Leeming (1850-1929) took their architectural design expertise into new ground, when Kirkgate Market became the biggest indoor market in Europe, when it opened in 1904.

Two-legged dragons 
As part of their design, the Leemings installed numerous cast-iron wyverns (each a dragon wrapped around a structure) as brackets supporting the gallery level above. A common Victorian motif for decorating civic buildings, these forms make a connection with our heraldic past, and a fascination with the orient.

The Owl 
The owl is a civic symbol of Leeds, and is part of the city’s coat-of-arms. These birds are featured across many of the city’s buildings, to such as extent that there is a recognised Leeds Owl Trail. Antonia Stowe, one of the artists responsible for the trail, states “The owls are part of the city’s heritage. [The trail] anchors people in their city. It’s all about connecting to our city.”

The Wool Industry
Another component within the city’s coat-of-arms is a fleece, here symbolising the wool industry, about which the seventeenth and eighteenth century city of Leeds prospered during the Industrial Revolution. Subverting this image, through application of the Pure Wool symbol provides an updated, 21st-century proposition.

M&S
Within the market, Lithuanian Michael Marks once set up a stall called the Penny Bazaar. This went on to become the Marks & Spencer brand we know today. This ampersand [&] is taken from an original Penny Bazaar advertisement.

William Potts & Sons
Established in Leeds, in 1833, William Potts & Sons became a major manufacturer of public clocks. Among these are the clocks on the Town Hall and Corn Exchange, Oakwood Clock (originally created for, and set in, the centre of Kirkgate Market) and the mechanically animated time pieces that sit up on high in both the Thornton’s and Grand arcades. The newly restored Oakwood Clock was unveiled in 2015. Its crown boasts four golden pegacorns (a fusion of unicorn and winged Pegasus), and an owl as part of the wind vane.

The Kirkgate Triptych is a project created in association with

A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon

A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon

A commission artwork for The Leeming Building Leeds by artist James Straffon


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.