Together we create worlds of imagination
“You may have never heard of an Impossimal or ever seen an Impossimal, you might collect Impossimals, you might know somebody who collects them or you might have even ended here by accident but no matter how you arrived this is our little bit of history.
It’s a very simple history, two people wishing to retain forever something rather special; the imaginative wonderment and limitless creativity we all experienced as a child in a form that all could enjoy. From this simple premise the Impossimals were created in 2002, growing from a small collection of original paintings to a global phenomenon over the many years that now encompasses over 2 million collectors but is still captured with a special heart and a keen eye returning that little something that we thought we lost as we grew older.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Impossimals are simple creations though; experience nostalgic escapism with the Lost Impossimals and their wonderfully preposterous stories or continue the story of a children’s classic through a divided Wonderland with Lost Alice, or maybe you prefer the off the wall humour of the pure Impossimals, often described as Wallace and Gromit meets Dali, either way the Impossimals come in many forms and the boundaries and imagination placed into each and every piece created is limitless in its reach.
Complex, comforting and humorous, puzzling, perplexing and entertaining, each Impossimal, Lost Impossimal and Lost Alice creation has it’s own story to tell. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, from what path through life you take, if you like art or how or where you hang your art, somewhere, someplace there’s an Impossimal waiting just for you.
So settle back and explore the website, enjoy the gallery and feel free to pin them on Pinterest, post them on Facebook or tweet them on Twitter.”
Since their creation in 2002 the Impossimals have gone from strength to strength and can be found in art collections worldwide in the form of original oils, limited editions and sculpture available from selected Impossimal partnership galleries, a full list of which you can find on this website.
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Cue typical arty waffle with flowery words... A splash of whimsy, a dash of the surreal and a love of stories I have never read, that have never been written but needed a voice led me to return back to painting and writing in 2002 after leaving it behind in my teenage years.
In between I became an architect, surveyor, computer programmer and shop assistant before spending many years working for Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Lucasfilms and Fox creating, exploring and dipping my creative toe in wonderful worlds of the imagination in one of the largest design studios outside of London. Some days my desk would be full of Simpsons, Batman, Star Wars and Tiggers at other times I would have Teletubbies, Thomas The Tank and Thunderbirds looking for attention as I juggled the output from over a hundred clients.
Eventually all this rubbed off and joined my enduring passion of the written word leading to the appearance of the Impossimals; a collection of artistic creations that harness stories of friends and family using striped bolster nosed figures in saccharine poses accompanied by their own humorous titles.
My background is self taught; all my Impossimal artwork is oil paint on board, painstakingly created using methods that belies their sometimes simple appearance. Scale models of every scene and Impossimal is created beforehand, some of the models and sets are upwards of six feet long and contain up to a thousand components. Each painting also has its own story, sometimes based on real people and at other times based on pure fiction twisted with history. All my Impossimal artwork contain hidden items, puzzles, connections, dot-2-dots and numerous other little tricks to beguile and entertain, some you will need a mirror to see whilst others will require them being turned upside-down or viewed in a darkened room.
Everything you see in the galleries has come directly from my studio at Impossimal HQ. You will find pencil and oil sketches, studio maquettes, charcoals, full blown oils and individually signed and titled limited edition prints and sculptures all carefully catalogued so you can be assured that each and every piece you see or own is genuine and traceable. Meet me in any gallery appearance and I will tell you the full story behind your piece or pieces and show you a few secrets too!
All you really need to know is that Impossimals in their purest form are based on individuals, family and friends. Lost Impossimals live in an alternative history each with their own specially written story to showcase their unique look and all include puzzles in the details and finally Lost Alice continues the Alice In Wonderland story with a new adventure through the eyes of an older but not necessary wiser Alice as she returns to a very different Wonderland with each painting holding clues and solutions to the accompanying seven chapter book.
My influences come from entertaining authors rather than artists and my art comes from childhood and imagination rather than a need to paint reality. Nostalgic escapism I prefer to call it but you may prefer something else, either way I know one thing, It’s all painted with a passion and a little bit of that childhood sparkle that so easily disappears when we forget how to be a child.
Not too arty was it?
Handcrafted Elegance With A Touch Of Opulence
Jayne has always been a driving force behind the Impossimals over the years, often working with Peter on his latest collection be it design, stories or titles but Jayne is also an accomplished artist in her own right with a bewildering number of disciplines and the ability to turn her hand to almost anything creative. It was these skills she employed when she joined the ranks of the UK’s number one publisher Washington Green and their extensive network of galleries in 2014.
Working in the Impossimal HQ studio Jayne hand makes every element of her artwork. From the heavily textured backgrounds to the intricate models and ceramic additions formed using a wealth of household tools her artwork is uniquely identifiable taking inspiration from the British wildlife she so loves to watch combined with a love of interior design.
Again, like Peter, Jayne is a self taught artist spending the first twenty one years of her working life in account departments before becoming a full time professional artist and her thirst for knowledge knows no bounds; ceramic modelling and pattern creation, painting, sewing, needle felting, woodworking, wire work (silver and non precious), papermaking, calligraphy, automaton construction, willow weaving, Japanese book binding and even kiln formed glass are skills which have either been learnt or taught through membership of Art Societies and special artisan tutorials.
It’s difficult to single out any one of the creative projects that Jayne has completed over the years but apart from her latest pieces certainly one of the most ambitious was in 2012 with the creation of a complete interior design range taking a fresh look at stylish interior finishes mixed with a Scandinavian inspired design which became the exclusive ‘Foreverbunny’ range of interior art. Over a hundred finished products were created and sold making this small brand yet another successful niche that Jayne managed to capture.
Jayne’s artwork is becoming increasingly sought after by collectors as her creative wings unfurl and her artwork demands bigger audiences and events. In 2016 Jayne released her grandest collection yet with a series of originals simply called ‘Opulence’ some of which you will find on this page. The next few years will see an explosion in creativity as fabrics and metallic materials are added along with heavy textures to several new wildlife designs along with a new range of fairy tales imagined by Jayne.