"It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in."

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (via vintagecrimeblacklizard)

The postcard range I designed for Galley Beggar Press have arrived! They feature three of my favourite literary scenes - The Beats, the Romantics, and the Lost Generation, and are available to buy here… 

The Magic Box: Interview with Calum Colvin

I talked to Scottish artist Calum Colvin at his exhibition ‘The Magic Box’ at the Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, for Studio International. Read the interview here. 

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Susan Hiller at Summerhall (Review)

Memory, repression and modern art: my review of Susan Hiller’s ‘Resounding’ at Summerhall, Edinburgh is up now on Studio International. 

Film: Interview with Ben Quilty

My interview with Ben Quilty for Studio International is online now. Filmed by Martin Kennedy at the Saatchi Gallery (with William Kennedy). Watch it here. 

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"Ben Quilty’s first solo London show opened at the Saatchi Gallery on 4 July, celebrating his winning of the inaugural Prudential Eye Award, 2014.

Quilty’s work confronts Australian history and identity through a series of Rorschach-inspired paintings. These include Fairy Bower Rorschach (2012), which layers colonial landscape with past atrocities against Aboriginal people, and Self Portrait Smashed Rorschach (2009), in which images of past debauchery coincide with a surface whose textures recall trees and abstract patterns. His Inhabit series, meanwhile, challenges ideas of Australian colonialism and identity, through paintings of Captain Cook evolving from a devil and into portraits of the artist.

Christiana Spens went to the Saatchi Gallery to talk to Quilty about his exhibition, as well as his past work as an official war artist, embedded in the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan, and his wider ideas about history, identity and brutality.”

Ben Quilty is at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 4 July – 3 August 2014.

"The Drone Age" is in Foyles! In good company with Lee Rourke’s "Varroa Destructor"…

New stationary line for Galley Beggar Press!

The postcards I designed for Galley Beggar Press are now available to pre-order from their online store, with free p&p until August. Collections include: The Lost Generation, The Romantics, and the Beats

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The full selection!

The full selection!

Inside “The Drone Age” - available from Foyles London and Galley Beggar Online…

Review of "The Drone Age" by Christiana Spens

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By Mark McConville, Rockadia: (excerpt)

Christiana Spens utilizes her two main talents, illustration and writing in her new book ‘THE DRONE AGE’. The book has poetry bursting with life, swerve, drama, and realism. This little gem sparks a light on war, its trappings, its ugliness… The collection…

The Drone Age

My new art book, The Drone Age is out now - available from the Galley Beggars Bookshop online, and Foyle’s in London. 

The Romantics - a series of illustrations for Galley Beggar Press’ new stationary line… Out soon as postcard sets, along with On the Road and The Lost Generation sets!

My illustrations of On The Road characters, for a new stationary line for Galley Beggar Press! Out soon as postcards…

Here are the finished drawings for the new Galley Beggar Press stationary line… these will be postcards, inspired by the Romantics, the Lost Generation, and the Beat Poets… 

Here are the finished drawings for the new Galley Beggar Press stationary line… these will be postcards, inspired by the Romantics, the Lost Generation, and the Beat Poets… 

My book is out next month…

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"The Drone Age", a book of art and poetry by Christiana Spens, is out in June - and available to pre-order from the Galley Beggar Bookshop here. The work explores themes of warfare and pop culture, featuring paintings such as “First We Take Damascus”, “The Aesthetics of Terrorism,” “Fashions of the Day” and “Unmanned Vehicles Will Destroy Us All (Save Endangered Jets)”. 

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