Highbury Vale Illustrators’ Collective

by Tim Bradford on March 26, 2014

A range of ill-thought-out designs printed on fabric which people can wear. I call them ‘T-shirts’. All artwork by Tim Bradford – though I might have nicked some ideas from my kids. Includes fabric-based items with images of love, death, punk, football, philosophy, jazz, religion, beer, cricket, politics, nice guitars, astral projection, Korg synthesisers and sweets by some of the finest artists working on or near to Blackstock Road in North London (is that a pithy mission statement or what?).


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“It’s the half term holiday!”

by Tim Bradford on February 21, 2014

I’m not in the habit of linking to my dream archive – but seeing as it’s half term here’s my favourite dream about half term holidays… (from three and half years ago)

I had a dream last night that I was in the west of Ireland and had left a pub to go in search of a mandolin so I could join the session. (This is dream bravado, of course – I’ve had three lessons and can play two and a half tunes at walking pace). I wandered through the night, getting completely lost, until I came to a little boreen and turned down it. At the end of this lane was a large, modern detached house, surrounded by grass. I knocked on the door and the writer Arthur Mathews answered it. Yes, he said, there used to be a mandolin here. He invited me in. He would have a look, he said.

The house was huge inside, with many corridors and dark rooms with big modern furniture. I could hear Arthur talking from somewhere but his voice was growing faint. I then glimpsed some light and walked down another dark corridor until I came to a small white room which had had a whole wall removed. It was a bit like Darth Sidious’s anti-chamber on the Death Star in Star Wars. In the middle of this white room, on a big white chair, sat Graham Linehan (Arthur’s former writing partner), reading a tabloid. I introduced myself and tried not to to be too fawning. He sort of grunted and carried on reading. Then Arthur reappeared with lots of other people and we all went in to a big living room. One of them was Graham’s Brazilian model girlfriend/wife who said she had a really bad headache.

Most of them were drinking some kind of green potion to get rid of hangovers. Then Arthur made milky coffee for everyone. I sat on a big sofa next to Graham and Mary McAleese (President of Ireland) stood up and started to explain who they all were. Graham turned to me and said something but it was in a faint, high-pitched shouty voice. It sounded like “It’s the half-term holiday!” Then the voice got louder. “What? What are you trying to tell me Graham?” Then I was lying awake in bed and my kids were upstairs shouting and jumping up and down on their beds. “It’s the half term holiday!”

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I Want To Sleep With Emmylou Harris

January 22, 2014

Closing night of the Reflecting Eye exhibition tomorrow – and I’ll have to say goodbye to my Emmylou painting… I don’t literally want to sleep with Emmylou Harris*. Emmylou is a metaphor the more innocent world of the early 1970s where people felt they could change things for the better. So wanting to sleep with […]

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The Reflecting Eye

December 5, 2013

I’ve got some new paintings in a group portrait exhibition called The Reflecting Eye – new subjects include EP Thompson, Jean Ritchie, Jack Kerouac, Bathsheba Everdene and Paul Madeley. Address is The Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE. Runs from 6th December to 23rd January.

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Lo-fi animated match report: Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

May 29, 2013

Highly detailed animated analysis of the 2013 Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Minute-by-minute detailed coverage of the tactics, incidents and major talking points*. * Not really. Like much of the top sports coverage today this is a silent film except for two songs by Franz Beckenbauer.

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What’s the Main Difference Between English Football and German Football

May 25, 2013
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Football Predicting… end times for tiki-taka?

May 1, 2013

I drew this graphic for When Saturday Comes after Barcelona had come a cropper in the first leg of their quarter final against AC Milan. Whenever you do something like this there’s always a chance that you’ll get it very wrong. And I did. However, in the interests of value for money, here it is […]

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Football art

November 12, 2012

A mention of my football paintings in WSC – it’s a link to an interview I did with US Soccer Players blog. I like to think I come across as friendly and approachable when I do interviews but when I see it written down I fear I might actually be a pretentious loon.

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