A story writer in pictures his work is often Absurd or Surreal, a giant octopus attacking Westminster or the day giant butterflies took over the planet. The Idea of earth as Gaia, one organism in which humans are in danger or the danger.
“As a boy I must have been bitten by radio active spiders from space equipped with a venom that enhanced the playful, creative artistic side of my brain and atrophied the logical conformist side..”
Happiest when I make great art, very little interest in the formal art market or gallery system – I don’t feel myself anti establishment cos you’d have to be interested in a thing to be anti it.
For fun I put on a big hat and dance all night.
That’s the disco beatnik in me. Apart from that I'm Very straight edge , don’t drink, smoke, drugs etc. have 6 cats ,2 vintage Lambrettas, lots of funky records.
My art is an expression of my joy of life, there is nothing else..
Trafford Graduated Fine Art Goldsmiths University London 2003
While at goldsmiths he discovered the Pop art aesthetic and ideas that guide his work making films , sculptures ,painting , collaborating with performers and musicians and printing .
After graduating he immediately started selling his limited edition prints and originals through the Affordable Art Fair and its sister gallery Wills Art , also Art republic in Brighton supported and sold a lot of his early work promoting his first solo show at the ink’d gallery Brighton.
He worked with Pictures On Walls (Banksy), and was part of the legendry Santa’s Ghetto show in 2006.
This was the start of seeing Trafford’s work all over the world, first with the Affordable Art Fair and then independent galleries that share his love of satire and fun.
Trafford is part of the generation of artists that see no strict limit to what is a gallery/art space. Maybe the oddest place he shows art is at yearly Radiologist conferences in Europe and the US which he’s done for 15 years. The most fun show is the Urban in Ibiza festival, he enjoys finding new places for art work : Big Walls, shop shutters, hi-fi shops, furniture stores, hotels, offices, night clubs , student unions, concert halls.
On top of this Trafford has an ever growing body of work – with street art and murals in restaurants.
Trafford Makes pictures that allude to films that have never been made or that he wants to make, playing with the elements of a story yet to be written. We enter his world of wonder and mischief. The work is a “what if”, we the viewer get to join into this idea.
‘I recently painted Clint Eastwood on the outside of a tattoo studio in the wild west of Manchester – Swinton . The idea was fun – once i get an idea the work makes itself "
Printing is a magical process "Out of all the stuff i make, the printing stands out for me, i love the individual yet industrial process – the way so many of the things we rely on are printed , money, tickets, t-shirts, books , art we live in a printed world .”
Having started as a punk rocker making his own outfits and playing in bands then a performance artist, dancer, DJ, club promoter, film maker, street/mural artist. Now we need a word to describe the way all these things are one art practice, So the Beautalist movement . Trafford recently (2019) joined / co founded a group of like minded artists - The Beautalists, a group of London based artists who are exploring the concept of brutal beauty. More art and more mischief .