I was head-hunted by one of the world’s largest printers of banknotes, creating designs for central banks and other financial institutions. After learning the trade secrets of banknote production, I gained practical experience in every print process associated with the production of money.

The Banknote is the Alpha and Omega of art: it is pattern, typography, portraiture, drawing. It is lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, letterpress. A banknote is the touchstone of culture, the window into worlds, a monument, memorial, and memory. Banknotes are mass-produced, yet personal. Identical, yet crafted.

I use banknote design to express my ideas, and contribute to the future of finance, through fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency collaborations. 

My banknote design portfolio can be found at

I’m part of a new wave of artists who are free from the rigid ideologies of liberalism. This rising art movement has outgrown self-censoring political correctness and the cynical anti-humanism of the status quo. We declare a new forum for art, that proudly speaks to Human potential and true self-confident freedom, and isn’t afraid to question the assumptions of the mainstream.

I come from a fine art background, based on technique and craft. I reject lazy conceptualism, and make craft the basis of everything I do.

I studied Fine Art at Leeds College, the Slade School of Fine Art, (London), and the Cooper Union School in New York. My work has been shown with Phyllida Barlow at the Serpentine, The Mall Galleries, Tenderpixel London and Rokeby Gallery.

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