Qualified with a diploma in graphic and advertising design from Stockport College of Futher and Higher Education during the punk and post-punk years 1977-81. The artist's work is heavily influenced by the 20th and 21st centuries, from Dadaism and Surrealism, through Communist and Fascist revolutionary propaganda, to Pop art, Urban art and the New Age. Producing work under various alias including Lyndoch Moncrief, Contempt, Kram, Various Artists and M. B. Jackson.


The Bastard 1987

Hamburger Lady 1987

After finishing full-time education, he worked in various studios and agencies in Greater Manchester before moving to London in 1986, freelancing as a graphic artist producing artwork for fashion, music and media clients including London Vogue, Soul 2 Soul and City Limits magazine


Toyota Stole (Vogue) 1988

Soul2Soul 1989

Between 86 and 88 he perfected a series of pre-digital, image manipulation techniques that mimicked the actions of a hip hop DJ, sampling, scratching and re-mixing photographic images by exploiting the monochrome and CYMK printing process of the photocopier. He used these techniques to remix old advertising images. This work was featured by Creative Review magazine in 1988.


scratched photocopy images 1987-1988

From 1989 to 1993, as joint co-ordinator for the Tabernacle community graffiti project in Notting Hill, he hung out with the first wave of West London graffiti artists painting in the old skool style, becoming a central figure on the Notting Hill urban arts scene. As a graffiti artist he looked to create an "art skool" style painting portraits, murals and graffiti style abstract art called 'schemes'.


Syanide 1988. spray can and marker pen on canvass

KRAM 1995. marker pen

Scheme 1 1990. spray can on canvass board

In 1989, using the alias 'Contempt' he teamed up with his partners in crime, Syanide and Chase, to form "West London Pressure" London's first commercial graffiti crew. Their patrons included International Herald Tribune, The Independent, War on Want, Amnesty International, Mangrove Community Arts - founders of Notting Hill carnival and London Union of Youth Clubs. They produced graffiti style murals, banners and artwork for carnival and arts festivals, raves and music events. With the advent of DeskTop Publishing, the artist was one of the first to create digital graffiti designs using raster and vector graphics software.


KRAM 1994. raster graphic

KRAM 1995. vector graphic

Contempt 1995. raster graphic

Combining his DJ techniques with graffiti aesthetics and digital design, he developed a futuristic theory based around technology driven street-art . His thesis was published under the pseudonym 'Various Artists' in 1993 by Thames & Hudson, titled "Strecnology - a graphics user manual".

In 1994, following the publication of his thesis, he was invited to work with London's first web design company called Obsolete. The company featured his work on the Levi's web site, the first commercial web site. He was also commissioned to create a Webvert for Levi's. As part of the Levi's promotion the artist was also present at the first ever web cast (skype) between London and New York. Obsolete also ran a digital arts cooperative called backspace.org, who hosted his first site in 1995, an art gallery called Strecnolab, a web version of Strecnology.

In 1999, he took part in a joint exhibition of Celebrity Portraits called Hamburger Icons. The artworks included photomontage, xeroxographics and spray can and marker pen on cardboard. Since 2000, he has concentrated on publishing reference manuals on Writing Systems and Alphabets for artists and designers.