Kabuki hails from the north of England. With inspiration from his friendship with famed British illustrator Errol Le Cain, Kabuki was already an accomplished artist by his teens. A book of his drawings – “73 Drawings by Kabuki” – is available through Blurb.com.
He landed his first job in New York as a textile designer but it was his unique flair for outlandish dress and make-up that led him to the then-flourishing NYC club scene. This in turn led to modeling on European runways for Thierry Mugler and performing in the downtown troupe “Black Lips”.
He caught the eye of stylist/designer Patricia Field and Kabuki was brought onto “Sex and the City” to establish the make-up looks for Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. And the ball was officially rolling…
After seasons 1 and 2 on “Sex”, he went on to work as a make-up artist in feature films (“Party Monster” “Palindromes”); music videos (“All The Lovers” “ET” “Where Have You Been?” “Princess of China” “Evening in Space”); with pop stars (Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, FKA Twigs, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears); and with actresses (Natasha Lyonne,Amber Heard, Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts).
His work has appeared in just about all of the major fashion magazines (US Vogue, Paris Vogue, Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan) and he’s worked with many of today’s leading photographers (Steven Klein, Mark Seliger, Mert + Marcus, Inez + Vinoodh, Richard Burbridge, Albert Watson, David LaChapelle).
Fashion campaigns include Jimmy Choo, Nike, Steve Madden, Longchamp, Philipp Plein, Missoni and Anna Sui. Beauty campaigns include Tom Ford, Cover Girl, Nars, L’Oreal, Max Factor, Smashbox and MAC.
Kabuki has designed the make-up for over 100 fashion week shows in New York, London, Milan, Los Angeles and Paris including Marni, Zac Posen, Moschino, Gareth Pugh, Diesel, Guy Laroche, L.A.M.B., Jeremy Scott, Salvatore Ferragamo, Philipp Plein, The Blonds, Dennis Basso). His fabric, eyepiece and mask designs have been seen on fashion week stages as well.
Kabuki has designed the make-up for two works by choreographer Wayne McGregor CBE : “Dyad 1909” at Sadler’s Wells in 2009 and “Woolf Works” at the Royal Opera House in 2015. In 2017, Kabuki launched a make-up line with MAC Cosmetics as part of MAC’s ‘Make-up Art Collection’.
He divides his time between New York City and Saugerties in upstate New York.