Neil Gaiman and the Good Icons
 Neil sat for me in my Hackney Studio where I painted this gargantuan 2 metre canvas. If you know Neil’s work you will understand why it seemed only right to paint this man of myths god-sized…

NEIL GAIMAN

Before you behold the Good Icons you might like to view the paintings of author Neil Gaiman which preceded the project…

 Neil sat for me in my Hackney Studio where I painted this gargantuan 2 metre canvas. If you know Neil’s work you will understand why it seemed only right to paint this man of myths god-sized…

Neil sat for me in my Hackney Studio where I painted this gargantuan 2 metre canvas. If you know Neil’s work you will understand why it seemed only right to paint this man of myths god-sized…

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 He first sat for me when he was finishing the six part adaptation of Good Omens, the book he wrote at the beginning of his career with Terry Pratchett, for the BBC and Amazon Prime Video. They would take it in turns to write a bit, sending latest instalments across the world to each other via beeping, screeching proto modems and floppy disks (a very early form of storing information).

He first sat for me when he was finishing the six part adaptation of Good Omens, the book he wrote at the beginning of his career with Terry Pratchett, for the BBC and Amazon Prime Video. They would take it in turns to write a bit, sending latest instalments across the world to each other via beeping, screeching proto modems and floppy disks (a very early form of storing information).

 I did experiment with the idea of painting Neil in a hat he had handy that looked just like Terry’s famous head gear, but this was dismissed very quickly on the grounds that Neil doesn’t suit hats.

I did experiment with the idea of painting Neil in a hat he had handy that looked just like Terry’s famous head gear, but this was dismissed very quickly on the grounds that Neil doesn’t suit hats.

 I wasn’t satisfied with my first paintings of Neil because I thought he needed his beard to feature, which had been banished for baby cuddles with his young son. Neil is an obliging gentleman, so he very generously grew a beard for artistic purposes and sat for me again once it had been adequately cultivated. I think it lends him a certain writerly gravitas…

I wasn’t satisfied with my first paintings of Neil because I thought he needed his beard to feature, which had been banished for baby cuddles with his young son. Neil is an obliging gentleman, so he very generously grew a beard for artistic purposes and sat for me again once it had been adequately cultivated. I think it lends him a certain writerly gravitas…

 This is more the Neil you’d come across in the street if you were lucky enough to bump into him, slightly late for something but very kind and engaging, and Big Neil is the Neil who summons and swirls gods and monsters throughout our imaginations, who is half in this world and half not of this world at all…

This is more the Neil you’d come across in the street if you were lucky enough to bump into him, slightly late for something but very kind and engaging, and Big Neil is the Neil who summons and swirls gods and monsters throughout our imaginations, who is half in this world and half not of this world at all…