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David Vickers

My name is Dave Vickers (32 earth years) co founder of 'Ancient Albion' Studios with my wife Bek. I started to specialise in ancient bodyart at school when a tatooist friend of my father's asked me to design a range of original celtic/pictish flash for him.

 

Alligator Descartes and David Vickers

 

I continued this hobby/summer job whilst studying 'Evolution of the British Landscape' at Manchester University. Just before I graduated I had my first full comic series (Betty Swallocks) published in Custom Bike magazine in the UK and syndicated in other motorcycle magazines in the USA, Australia and South Africa. This strip ran for two years (24 episodes) and started my first freelance writing stint. It was whilst reviewing events and festivals that I fell into doing graphical work for the music industry.

About five or so years ago I started to reasearch an alternative to the then current Mendhi Henna bodyart craze. This was when I first started to grow and experiment with woad. I'm currently compiling my book about woad and ancient bodyart and as far as I know I'm the only woad bodyartist for quite a while, possibly about 1100 years. You never know, flares came back in fashion.

But it's the shared world heritage of megaliths that has taken up most of my recent output. The universality of the stone age culture is evident when the modern art of all nations is examined. And my current research is into the Atecotti, the last aboriginal tribe in Britain. Although I think I'm quite a way off deciding which aspect of them should account for their first book. http://www.symbolstone.org/albion

During office hours I can be reached on 0402 330993.

 

Artists exhibiting include

Alligator Descartes, Anne Sudworth, Brian Waugh, Chris Moore, David A Hardy, David Angus, David Vickers, Dominic E Harman, Fred Gambino, Jim Burns, Keith Scaife, Lisa Konrad, Planet Fresh, SMS, Steve Stone, Sue Mason, Les Edwards.

Exhibition details: Dates: 14th July 2000 to 11th August 2000 Opening hours: 10:30 to 17:30. (closed Sundays) Admission: Free

2nd Floor Art Gallery Foyles Bookshop
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EB
United Kingdom

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