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A LITTLE HISTORY…something like this…I left school at 15 not particularly keen to go to college, i’d had enough of the institution thing to be honest…I was all creative, dyslexic and not too academic – all about the art class, technical drawing and creative writing. So I found myself at 21 working as an antique upholsterer which is a pretty cool job as jobs go and it satisfied a working-with-your-hands, craft kind of leaning, and gave me a little time in the workshop for a bit of wood carving too. I’d always loved drawing at home from small: cat footballers, musicians and graphic drawings that were purely line, shape and colour, so i decided to sign-up to a couple of part-time college classes (figure and portrait sculpture and general drawing and painting) to satisfy the creative side. I immediately loved the two days of art school but not so much the three days of upholstery. The only thing to do, enrole for a two year foundation course in art and design. I loved it to the fullest, with great projects and excellent tutors I was free to experiment with painting, photography, sculpture, 3D design, graphics and printing (etching, wood-block and my favourite, silk-screen) and the all important life drawing. Roll on a few years and after graduating with a degree in fine art sculpture (an ever-expanding record collection from dj-ing, not to mention a hard fought over pool trophy (its not all about study)) I established Beatbug art and design in the summer of 2000. I’d also returned to silk-screen printing, a medium that was one of my specialities on the two year foundation. My graphic approach to printing together with my drawing style led naturally to graphic design and illustration through a number of commissions, now regular parts of my business along side the screen prints.

SILK-SCREEN PRINTS ON PAPER…All paper silk-screen prints are limited editions and printed on 315 gsm heritage white paper. Every piece is individually silk-screen printed (hand pulled) by me in my South London studio. Each piece is signed, numbered and dated. All paper prints are designed to fit frames from Ikea’s Ribba series. A high qaulity finish and customer satisfaction is always of big importance to me.

SILK-SCREEN PRINTS ON WOODBOARD AND CANVAS…Size A and B prints are on mdf wood-board and size C and D prints are on canvas stretched over 12mm exhibition quality stretchers. Every piece is individually painted and silk-screen printed (hand pulled) by me in my South London studio. Each piece is signed, dated and ready to hang, no frames are needed. A high qaulity finish and customer satisfaction is always of big importance to me.

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HOW TO ORDER…When you’ve chosen a print, bag or t.shirt you want to buy simply click ‘add to cart’ and you’ll be taken through to a paypal page, here you can make your payment with PAYPAL or your CREDIT CARD as you don’t need to have a paypal account in order to use paypal. You can then complete your transaction or click ‘continue shopping’ to return to julesmann.co.uk. if you wish to place other orders. All online orders go through the paypal site which is secure, safe and free. Once I receive your order i’ll be in touch to confirm receipt and let you know when I can ship.

OTHER PAYMENT METHOD…If you don’t want to pay online you can make a BACS payment directly into my bank account, i’ll then ship your order when the payment clears. A BACS payment normally takes three working days to clear.

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SHIPPING…All woodboard and canvas prints are protected with bubble wrap and packaged in cardboard, paper prints are wrapped in acid free tissue paper, woodboard and cardboard. All prints are shipped by courier for the UK and international signed for or courier for Europe and the rest of the world. All shipments have a tracking number so we can track its progress. I aim to ship size A and B woodboard prints and paper prints within 2-3 days, size C and D prints within 2 weeks. Bags and t.shirts can be shipped by next day if in stock.

DESIGN…Since the birth of beatbug, selling prints and creating graphic design and illustration I’ve had regular commissions for a variety of design projects involving many companies and individuals with a wide range of needs. Projects have included logo design, album and CD covers, record labels, book covers, book illustrations, flyers, posters and private commissions. Clients include the BBC, channel 4, Sony music, Pearson publications, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tribe Records and south london’s finest, Yaaba Funk.

If you have a design commission in mind (of the type listed above or something totally different) then feel free to get in contact by phone or email via the contact page, new projects and directions are always welcome, big or small, its all good. To view some of my past design commissions go to the Design page, you’ll see CD covers, logos, illustrations and more.

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INFLUENCES from knee high to now…drawing, Parsley the Lion, Mr Benn, Lego, Japanese toys, the Banana Splits, The Arabian Nights, nature, Sesame Street, Sitting Bull, skateboarding, bongos, The Unexplained Magazine, album covers, 60’s and 70’s culture, The Muppett Show, King Sounds drum room, Marley, early Chopper motorcycles, Monkey, Rodigan’s Roots Rockers, Dub, Celtic design, painting, wood carving, African art, Shorinji, Sumo on 4, mountain bikes, Kahlil Gibran, Japanese design, printing, the Funki Dreds, Matisse, Picasso, textile design, photography, Native Tongues, sculpture, Calder, Kurosawa, Peterson’s Worldwide, Straight No Chaser, typography, Batucada, Maracatu, snorkling, spiritual Jazz, Jim Flora, the Greek Myths, the East, West, North and South…

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