Digital Rain

Since completing the Garden of Earthly Delights and Mona Lisa drawings (see below) I’ve been working out what I’m going to do next. This isn’t unusual after completing a PhD as much of the thinking I’ve been doing has been geared towards the completion of an academic thesis and the work made during that period was less concerned with ‘content’ than might have been the case if I’d been making the work for other reasons.

I have, as avid followers of this blog will know. been working on and off with Chris Graham on the Sans Terre/+ project which is very content heavy, being concerned with refugees, Beyoncé, terrorism, wars in the Middle East, Mickey Mouse, Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa,  drone strikes, classical history, and so on. I have returned to this area to make an ever-expanding set of digital images, a selection of which are shown below. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure where these will end up. They feel like a set of inter-related images that could stand alone, raw material for further work, or both.

UPDATE: I have edited this collection down on this blog, but if you want to see more of them, you can follow me on the following platforms, where I post the works as they are made:

INSTAGRAM: @bryaneccleshall



Massacre of the Innocents
Stop The War In ________ NOW!
Carry On Englund
Aleppo Ghost Mother
Move Towards the Light
Babel Surveillance
Tower of Tumour
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Here Is The News
Sea of Eyes
You Make Me Feel Brand New
Science and Religion
Is Abstraction Bad?
Drill Baby Drill
Queen of the Night
Coming Over Here With Their Cuneiform Script

‘Collateral Damage’: A Micro-Exhibition + Book Launch in Sheffield, 12th + 13th August


Last year I collaborated with Chris Graham on a complex and disorienting  installation at Bank Street Arts that was eventually called Sans Terre / +. The work sprang from a re-consideration of Théodore Géricault’s painting The Raft of the Medusa in terms of the then burgeoning refugee crisis.

After the installation was dismantled we began work on documenting the work in book form. What began as a record of something that had passed soon sprouted legs of its own and became an altogether new work. The images that accompany this post are details of the books.

The books – a printed collision of an arms catalogue and photographs of the installation as well as fragments of the source material that inspired it – have been extensively reworked by hand with paint, ink, scissors, and collage, and have become a visceral reworking of the source material and a new work that reflects the complexities of migration, terrorism, the military-industrial complex, exploitation of the Third World, Beyoncé, depleted Uranium, art, Disney, Gorgons, drone strikes, and spray paint.

On August 12-13th a Bank Street micro-exhibition will re-present elements of the installation and provide a platform for launching these books which will be available to buy for £25 each. If you want to pre-order one, look at the Sans Terre / + Facebook page. Search for @artiscomplicit

The ‘+’ in the title of the work is a deliberate allusion to the idea of ‘more’. For this iteration of the project we will be joined by Richard Bolam who has created a film that uses a film he made last August of us in the space when the installation was nearing completion but also includes material from other sources and images from the new books. This film is an integral part of the new show.

Join Sans Terre / + for the launch of these books. There will be a performance / reading at some point during the show (details to be confirmed).

Show Details:

Admission is free

Friday 12th August: 11am – 4pm

Saturday 13th August: 11am – 4pm

Banks Street Arts, Bank Street, Sheffield



Twitter: @BankStreetArts