Sinna’s Grotto 3 – The return of the slack – 3rd December 2022

Events, Exhibitions

Are you hanging up your stockings on the wall? Well don’t. It’s a sure fire way to ladder the fekkaz.

In all seriousness though, YES!! It’s that frikkin time of year again and we all need to get a little festive, spend our hard earned cash on pointless presents for our loved ones and get seriously mullered on some mulled beverages!

It can be gruelling traipsing around the same old sh*thouse shops and buying any old tat, but don’t you worry. Have no fear, good ol’ SINNA CLAWS is here.

Yes indeedy! From the 3rd of December I shall be opening the doors of the Gallery Lock in, on the actual cusp of Brighton AND Hove.

Situated on Little Western Street ( it is the Brighton and Hove border, actually ), opposite the fine establishment that is the Robin Hood pub ( they have amazing drink, pizza and flavoured vodka gifts too ), you shall find art, in original and print form, prizes, spray paint workshops, tees, hoodies and an array of interesting local artists known and undiscovered.

Come and see Sinna Claws and tell him that you’ve probably been a little bad. Knee sitting is optional, but by all means do get your butt down to the Gallery Lock In for some seriously exclusive art works.

As mentioned above Spray Paint workshops are a new addition to the Grotto. BOOK in and come and paint on the walls of the grotto. Or If you know someone who would love to spray paint in future then why not buy them a workshop voucher for next year?

Private view shall be on the Friday 2nd December. RSVP at the bottom of this post to attend. The first 15 peeps shall get a goody bag.

Only complete RSVP for attending Private View on the 2nd Dec

Sinna One – Creative collaborations

Collaborations, Commissions, Walls

Sometimes two heads are better than one and this means that 2 cans are better too.

Here are 3 examples of different collaboration projects that I have worked on.

Royal Blood

Royal Blood are a rock duo who formed in Worthing in 2011 and have gone on to be international rock and roll stars.

To commemorate the launch of their second album – How Did We Get So Dark? -Myself and the artist – Ten of Swords aka Ollie Redding were approached by BUILD HOLLYWOOD and asked to recreate the album artwork prior to the release of the record in June 2017.

We set to the challenge on a mild spring day and created the large artwork armed with rollers, mulsh, spray cans and reference images for the album artwork.

Director – Steve Turvey came and created a timelapse film of the project. Obviously, we were sworn to secrecy on the project and the artwork, so the first time that I saw the footage was when I came across the article in the NME that stated Royal Blood were seen painting a mural to promote their new album.

The original teaser film did seem to portray Royal Blood as painting the mural, however the film on the Build Hollywood folio site shows us painting the mural. A fantastic project with Ollie Redding and Build Hollywood, Steve Turvey and Royal Blood.

The article in the NME that states that ‘they (ROYAL BLOOD) create a mural ‘

Req and Sinna One – The Prince Albert Icons Mural

In 2012 I was approached by the landlord of thePrince Albert pub in Brighton and asked to paint over the mural of John Peel that Req had originally painted after Peel’s death in 2004. Little did I know that there was a lot more to this project and a history with the original spray paint realism artist, REQ 1.

The Prince Albert Mural – ‘Icons’ is an ambitious mural commemorating 30+ dead rock heroes as selected by the landlord of the Prince Albert pub, BrightonChris Steward. It is in its second incarnation at present but it is the first rendering in 2013 that I was involved with and is the collaboration with Req that gave me confidence in painting portraits and more realistic subject matter.

Req taught me his signature technique which involves holding a photograph or picture up to your face, closing one eye and then moving the picture side to side so as to take out of view for a second. The effect is that your mind starts to project where the image should sit in the space on the wall. This is a technique that I still use to this day.

Although it is an effective technique,the mural wasn’t without it’s difficulties.

“Close scaffolding, wobbly planks and crosswind all conspired against the artists as they attempt to make accurate likenesses of the Prince Albert’s chosen heroes.”

‘I developed a technique for enlarging images for mural work years ago that I’m applying to this project but it’s not easy…! Scaffold bars across a face make it very confusing. We regularly go over the road to the stairwell of some offices to check proportions and that.’ – Req.

The full list of icons are from top left to right – Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Donna Summer, Syd Barrett, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix,Dusty Springfield, Captain Beefheart, Frank Sidebottom, Sandy Denny, Joe Strummer (Strummerville), Bob Marley, John Peel, Mark Bolan, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Brian Jones, Marvin Gaye, Phil Lynott, George Harrison, Elvis Presley, James Brown and Freddie Mercury. Ian Drury. Oliver Reed and Keith Moon were added just after with Ian Curtis and Lou Reed following soon after.

The existing George Best has had a spruce up and the space to right of the mural is now set to have a few other icons that came to mind during the project. You will also notice a ‘Banksy’ tag over the word Jesus, in the loose quote from John Lennon about the Beatles being ‘bigger than Jesus’. This was added in reference to the much favoured Banksy piece.

‘While we were painting the wall there were so many tourist groups coming around to see the ( Kissing Coppers by ) Banksy and the guides would say “This is a Banksy.”, and ignore the fact that we were up there painting, even though all of the tourists would be pointing their cameras up at us painting. We had always planned to put the Beatles quote, but decided to paint a fake Banksy tag over the top as a tongue in cheek homage.’ – Sinna One.

Req

Req is an exhibiting artist and spray paint muralist whose career started in the mid eighties when he painted on stage for Norman Cook‘s band Beats International after Cook saw his street graffiti paintings around Brighton.

Amongst  Req’s repertoire is a spray paint portraiture style that he developed whilst painting album covers on the back of the now defunct Rounder records shop in Brighton.

He is also known for his spray painted album artwork for Mo’wax recordings and his splinter career as a recording artist in his own right with albums released on Skint and Warp records

Req now exhibits his trademark ‘Spraypaint Realism’ style of painting at the Naked gallery in Brighton and Wishless gallery in Tokyo.

Some of the text and quotes are taken from Prince Albert Icons mural press release. Author unknown.

Images by Pete Challacombe.

POPSTACULAR

POPSTACULAR IS AN LGBTQIA+ & ALLIES OWNED & RUN STREETWEAR, CASUAL FASHION VEGAN FRIENDLY BRAND.

ONLINE & IN BRIGHTON @ 96 NORTH ROAD THAT PUTS INCLUSIVITY AND DIVERSITY FRONT & CENTRE. WE CREATE ETHICALLY SUSTAINABLE FASHION

THEY WORK WITH ARTISTS TO PLACE THEIR ART ON CLOTHING. WHICH LETS YOU BUY AND WEAR ORIGINAL ART DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST.

A SELECT FEW OF THESE DESIGNS ARE LIMITED RUNS AS ONLY 50 OF EACH SIZE ARE MADE WORLDWIDE, THEY COME WITH A NUMBERED CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.

https://popstacular.com/

Earlier this year I was asked to paint the exterior and interior of the Popstacular Store in Brighton ahead of their launch in the spring.

I obliged and also brought Anders Coolnice to the table to put their signature colour abstract touch alongside some Sinna characters.

Popstacular represent different artists and designers and print designs on to organic clothing with vegan inks. They’ve kindly printed 2 of my designs on to tee shirts and there is a range coming up soon.

Watch this space….

October Half Term Spray Paint Workshops

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For the October half term holiday 2022 I shall be running 3 days of worskhops on the 24th, 25th and 26th October.

Workshops are 2 hours long and cost £30 PP + BF. Spaces are extremely limited.

All paint and Overalls / Gloves / Masks provided.

Am and Pm sessions available.

BOOK HERE

It is open to all ages 8+. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me using the form for info.

Or call 07863364314.

Also available for group events ie Team Building / Birthday Parties etc

One to One sessions offered.

SINNA’S GROTTO – 18th – 20th DEC

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LAST minute CHRISTMAS BARGAINS and ART for SALE at my GROTTO, THIS coming WEEKEND.

I’m back at GALLERY LOCK IN for the festive period and I’ll be painting the walls to match.

Bargains galore, studio clear out, tees, prints, cards, originals, Brighton calendars, canvas and mince pies.

Come and say ‘HI!’.

Preview on Friday Night between 6 and 9pm.

Distancing rules apply. Please wear a mask.

Sinnaone.com for info.

SAT 19TH DEC / SUN 20TH DEC

12 – 7 / 12 – 6 PM

Little Western Street
Brighton
BN 1 2PU

Opposite the Robin Hood pub.

#sinnasgrotto #grotto #art #bargains #artfromartists #spraypaint #lastminutegifts #brighton #christmas

Sinna.shop is now open and online

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FInally I have gotten round to setting up a Sinna Shop.

Amazingly, just in time for Christmas. I have face masks, tee shirts, giclee prints and hand finished spray painted stencil prints in store as we speak,

I’m really novice at this stuff so do bare with me. More items shall be going up in the coming weeks.

You can visit the tab on this site or follow this link.

Go and take a look, and thanks for supporting me if you buy anything.

LOCKED DOWN – LOCKED IN – LUCKED OUT

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An opportunity to see the painted walls of Sinna One’s locked down studio. Show is running from Friday 2nd October – Saturday the 3rd. There are limited spaces due to coronavirus restrictions.

Book your half hour visiting slot for up to 4 people here.

At the start of the year, when the world was a much calmer and Covid-19 free place, Sinna One took on a temporary art studio to complete a project. Just before the move out date the country went in to lockdown and the future bookings at the studio had to be put on hold. This meant that for the duration of lockdown, Sinna could self isolate and work in the space and used this opportunity to practice portraiture in spray paint and paint some ideas on the walls.

This exclusive mini exhibition is an opportunity to see the spray painted artworks created and get an insight into the working space of an artist.

There shall be Sinna One original art work, prints and postcards for sale at this event.

CARD PAYMENTS ONLY.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – DUE TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES ON COVID – 19 ONLY 4 PEOPLE SHALL BE PERMITTED ENTRY TO THE SPACE DURING THEIR ALLOCATED VISITING TIME.

THERE SHALL BE MARKERS FOR 2 METRE ADVISED DISTANCES.

IT IS ADVISED THAT MASKS ARE WORN.

SOME ART WORK CONTAINS NUDITY.

THE ROBIN HOOD PUB IS OPPOSITE THE VENUE AND IS WARM AND FRIENDLY. WE INVITE YOU TO DRINK THERE WHILST WATING FOR YOUR SLOT AT THE GALLERY. SPACE AT THE PUB IS LIMITED AND IT IS TABLE SERVICE. IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU BOOK AHEAD. THE ROBIN HOOD PUB – 01273 325645

OUR FRIENDS AT THE REVELATOR PUB ARE ALSO OPEN FOR BUSINESS AND WILL HAVE SPACE. REVELATOR – 01273 733245

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SHOW CONTACT 07863364314

Brighton Festival Mural 2016 – For the Love of Dogs

Commissions, Community, Events, Festivals, Inspiration, Projects, Walls

Here is an overview of the festival wall in progress. This was a great project to work on and the first time that I have ever painted dog portraits. The project was born after the Brighton Festival team wanted something inspired by this year’s guest director’s love of dogs. American artist, Laurie Anderson performed a concert for dogs during the festival and a competition was run by the festival for dog owners to have pictures of their dog painted. The project took ten days and in that time i received lots of great feedback as well as other dog owners trying to talk me in to adding ‘just one more dog’. You can see the completed mural on Kensington Street, Brighton.

Thanks to Ten of Swords and Rosanna for helping with a couple of the dogs and making the end of the mural come together.  Thanks also to Brighton Festival, Healys for providing the wall, Facelift for the elevation and Graff City for their continuing support and swift paint delivery.

Sinna One – recent works.

Badgers, Brighton Green Boxes, Canvas, Collaborations, Commissions, Community, Doodles, Fresh St. ART, Inspiration, Media Box painting, Projects, Sinbot, Travel, Walls

Here is an overview of some of the work I have been doing in the last year. There are also some older sketches in there and some are collaborations. Some are commissioned and some are for fun. Enjoy.