I am a multi-media artist based in London, where I divide my time between mosaic-making, printmaking, painting, and teaching. My work encompasses many different media and ideas, but use of found or recycled materials is always important, and I am keen that my work should be uplifting and accessible.
I have been a printmaker and painter since the late 1980s, and I was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1996. My work in print and paint can be seen on www.jimpanzee.co.uk .
However, I have always had an interest in public art; particularly since seeing the murals in San Francisco’s Mission District, the astonishing public art projects in downtown Philadelphia, and above all Gaudi’s hallucinatory Parc Guell in Barcelona.
A chance discovery brought me to mosaic. Sometime in the early 1990s - in a light drizzle near Tilbury power station - a girlfriend and I were enjoying a romantic walk when we discovered in the mudflats a vast hoard of smashed 1970s crockery – teapots, saucers, and cups, all decorated in garish floral patterns of varying degrees of tastelessness. We filled several bags with muddy porcelain fragments and carried them home, where they sat unwashed in a box for a few years until, under the powerful spell of such artists as Nek Chand, Isaiah Zagar, Niki de St Phalle, and Andrew Logan, I started in earnest to investigate the kaleidoscopic possibilities of mosaic – an art form which has been around for two and a half millennia, and has lost none of its ability to surprise and dazzle.
The first mosaic mural I was commissioned to build was on the outside wall of a youth club in Somers Town, London, in the summer of 1998. I worked on this project – now demolished - with artist Sally Kendal and over fifty local children.
Since then I have completed - sometimes on my own, sometimes in collaboration with other artists or schoolchildren - over twenty-five significant projects in various countries.
In 2001, a mural I built in London's Gospel Oak area was shortlisted for a Camden Design Award; and in 2008 a project I undertook in collaboration with the children of Brook Community Primary School, Hackney, was one of the prize winners in the Mega-Mosaic Competition, promoted by Topps Tiles and the British Association of Modern Mosaic.
The project in which I take most pride is the large series of murals which I built or supervised - in partnership with David Kimani of Nairobi's Juhudi Children's Club - in various hospitals in Kenya between 2002 and 2006. This was a highly ambitious scheme – a tribute to Mr. Kimani’s organisational skills – which involved input from a large number of artists and schoolteachers, and used the talents of several hundred children.
I undertake commissions to design and build spectacular and unique mosaic murals.
I am happy to create work for public places or private clients, outdoors or in.
The murals are durable and weatherproof.
Where possible I use recycled materials.
I charge £800 per square metre. This figure covers the whole process – design, materials and labour
Somers Town mosaic (Chalton St., Somers Town, London, U.K.)
Stone and glass mosaic (Milos, Greece)
Camden Primary Pupil Referral Unit mosaic (Everton Buildings, Camden, London, U.K.)
Gospel Oak Community Centre mosaic (Lawn Road, Gospel Oak, London, U.K.) Shortlisted for Camden Design Award.
Now demolished – but due to popular demand, a replica is to be built in 2016-17
Ashdon Village School mosaic (Ashdon, Cambridgeshire, U.K.)
Gertrude’s Garden Children’s hospital mosaics (Muthaiga, Nairobi, Kenya).
In collaboration with Juhudi Children’s Club.
Brent Samaritans mosaic (Leopold Road, Harlesden, London, U.K.)
The London Hospital mosaic (The London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, U.K.) In collaboration with Vital Arts and Juhudi Children’s Club.
Peter’s Place mosaic (Peter’s Place Children’s Centre, Berwyn, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Redbridge School mosaic (College Gardens, Redbridge, London, U.K)
Mathare Psychiatric Hospital mosaics (Nairobi, Kenya). In collaboration with Juhudi Children’s Club and various Nairobi Schools.
Addenbrookes Hospital mosaic phase one (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, U.K)
Kenyatta National Hospital mosaics (Nairobi, Kenya). In collaboration with Juhudi Children’s Club and various Nairobi schools.
Addenbrookes Hospital mosaic phase two (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, U.K)
Redbridge School mosaic no.2 (College Gardens, Redbridge, London,U.K.)
St.Mary’s Primary School mosaic (Kilburn, London, U.K.)
Addenbrookes Hospital mosaic phase three (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge U.K)
Brook School mosaic (Brook Community Primary School, Hackney, London, U.K.)
Runner-up in Mega-mosaic Competition 2008.
Salcombe Bay mosaic project (Salcombe Bay, Devon)
The Red Balloon mosaic workshops (London UK)
Redbridge Junior School mosaic (College Gardens, Redbridge, London, U.K.)
Friend’s School Mosaic (Friends’ School, Saffron Walden, Essex U.K)
Addenbrookes Hospital mosaic phase four (Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, U.K.)
Friend’s School Mosaics phase two (Friend’s School, Saffron Walden Essex U.K)
Redbridge Primary School War Memorial mosaic (College Gardens, Redbridge, London, U.K)
Brookfield Primary School Centenary mosaics (Chester Road, Archway, London N19)
All mosaics in this website are designed, constructed and photographed by Jim anderson