"This piece has been absolutely brilliant to work on, excuse the pun but I have toyed with putting my stamp on the ‘Masters Of The Universe’ for a good while now and the recent move to include characters within my pieces (more on the rationale behind that to follow in 2020) provided the perfect platform for me to do something special and do justice to such an iconic and much-loved story.
My aspiration is to fuel one’s imagination through the images that I create, to amplify the qualities and to stir the senses and to take you back to a period that is so special for so many and for some many reasons. It is this ability that I have built a reputation for that I have wanted to exploit in this collection and if by adding characterswithin the scene takes the piece to another level then why not. What I am conveying through this piece is how we saw things as a child playing withthese toys, where we truly used our imagination to play.
We may have been setting He-Man and his companions out on the shag pile carpet or onthe kitchen table but in our head we were in Eternia and we weren’t leaving until it was time for dinner!I wish I had my toys still but I, along with my Brothers and Sister played the hell out of them so they ended up in the ‘Sandy Sunshine playgroup’jumble stall. A low point was playing with the Sorceress (ooh err) on De-Panne beach and being called back for a ride on the go-carts and forgettingthe winged beauty only to return to see the tide take her away. MERDE! Castle Grayskull was one of the best, if not the best toys I owned, damn it brings it all back just thinking about it! This piece was always going tofocus on it, with the aim of building a magical landscape that I have done so many times throughout my ‘Storyteller’ works but then take it toa different direction by showing what I so often eluded to, yet maintaining integrity and not buggering about with them and making them intosomething that they weren’t and instead making them come to life, to be less plastic. Through my signature lighting style and the magical detailingthat I inject, these iconic action figures are hopefully as you pictured them. Anyone else have a possessed Ram Man? Mine seemed to always aimhis leap straight into my bloody Nesquik!
This collection was always intended to be fun, to feel great looking back with the aim to look forward andI have done exactly that. It has been great fun, this piece especially as it was the first one where I moved into something completely different and Ihave every intention of building on that in future works. ‘Hadouken’ (Streetfighter 2) is a further example on how this has worked so well – so this isjust Round One! Look within ‘The Memory Remains 2’ toyshop for a clue as to what could follow up ‘I Have The Power’ next year " by Mark Davies
Premium Canvas Edition(All canvases are hand embellished)2019
Edition Size 10 + 2 AP
46” x 36” Framed £995
Giclee Limited Edition - Large (Artist Proofs are hand embellished)2019
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Giclee Limited Edition - Standard(Artist Proofs are hand embellished)2019
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Framed Size 32.5” x 26”
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