Vintage Ephemera Collage, Hull Paintings

                                 Acrylic Painting: Simon Wells








I have started a new series of painted art pieces for Hull 2017 (City of Culture). The first piece is entitled Pattie Butty and features Bob Carvers- Acrylic paint on canvas measuring 30.5cm x 23cm. The second in the series is Sydney Scarborough Records - Acrylic paint on canvas measuring 30.5cm x 23 cm -The third in the series is Boothferry Park. The fourth in the series is ABC Cinema. The fifth in the series, Spiders Nightclub, is available to buy on Etsy now: Spiders Nightclub They can be painted for you or Postcards and poster prints can be bought in my ETSY store (Bonus: If you buy the full set of 5 postcards or an A3 print then a bonus print of the Humber Bridge will be included free, whilst stocks last) FACEBOOK  TWITTER  EBAY  ETSY
Bob Carvers, Hull - Buy The Postcard here -   ETSY SHOP
Sydney Scarborough Records, Hull - Buy The Postcard here -   ETSY SHOP
Hull City, Boothferry Park -   Boothferry Park
Spiders Nightclub, Hull -   Spiders Hull
ABC Cinema, Hull: Buy Hull 2017 City of Culture postcards here -   ETSY SHOP


2014 saw the end of an era. The car tax disc, was abolished after over 90 years. It was introduced in 1921 but now the 'Vehicle Excise Duty' won't need to be displayed in your windscreen. To keep my art topical, I have started using expired tax discs -  I am drawn by the vivid primary colours that each disc possesses, and which changed yearly. I use comics, tax discs, postage stamps and other ephemera to create unique collages and Pop Art.
My Mini using old tax discs & acrylic paint on framed canvas.
I can do a commission of your vehicle from a photo. Here is a photo sent to me of a Commer van and my tax disc piece:
Spiders Nightclub, Hull -   Spiders Hull
Lambretta 'MOD' Scooter made from Tax discs from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 80s and 90s (31cm x 31cm): Now in a private collection. If you would like a bespoke scooter making, then contact simon 'at'
VW Beetle bug measuring 25.5cm x 20cm tax discs and acrylic paint on canvas. (now in a private collection, but can be ordered)
Another recent commission, now in a private collection: F1 motorsport Car.
Below: VW camper van tax disc art, now in a private collection.


Munch's The Scream lends itself to the vivid colours of the tax discs.


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Above: With and without flash on the camera.




Article in the Sheffield Star (click to enlarge):


The colours of the tax discs are vivid enough to evoke autumn walks as a child through scary woods. This piece draws on memories of nights; as they 'draw in'; through Endcliffe Park, Sheffield. This is now in a private collection: 

2013 was the anniversary of the birth of the audio cassette tape: To keep my art topical I created a huge audio cassette tape (20"x20") using only cassette tape. I was drawn by the different shades of brown that each cassette held. Some better quality tape had an almost black appearance.

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