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 Art, strongly anti mediocrity, i only work with people who are passionate about Art.
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. I live with Bink , 5 cats ,2 vintage Lambrettas, lots of big hats, lots of funky records.
Art is an expression of my joy of life, there is nothing else.."
I am very very dyslexic so please forgive me for steeling bits from what others have written about me...
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 .
"There is no difference between high art or advertising or mass produced art, there is only good or bad, the important thing is to develop ideas and never be bland. Art must mean something or it becomes background noise"
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 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 20 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.
Due to this attitude Trafford has an ever growing body of work – street art, shop shutters, murals in restaurants and galleries
Trafford Makes pictures that allude to films that have never been made or that he is yet 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 ", "streets can become art galleries, art can be everywhere"
For Trafford Printing is a magical process subverting an industrial production into a fine art hand made objects "Out of all the stuff i make, the printing stands out for me, i love the individual yet industrial process, the collage, mischief, multi media mix, photos, drawing, text, details, bold colours different colour ways everything. He once spent hours with a photocopier feeding an image and then its copy through again and again, overlaying it with more and more lurid colours. “I’m interested in the accidents of reproduction,” he says – "the way so many of the things we rely on are printed , money, tickets, t-shirts, books , art - we live in a printed world of reproduction .”
Having started as a punk rocker playing in bands while making his own outfits, then a performance artist, dancer, DJ, night club promoter, event producer, film maker, street/mural artist, culture creative creature of counter culture assimilating adapting the Zeitgeist of post modernism from the ground up. 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, more mischief .