Brighton Festival Mural 2016 – For the Love of Dogs

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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.

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Paint and Beer 2013 – Villa Friekens, Amsterdam.

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Another awesome year at Paint and Beer and all in all it rocked.

With Sid on the amazing brew tip, Dries on the artist liaision with a loose ‘Street Art versus Graff’ theme ( It always seems like that anyway, with the artists segregated that way!), the whole day was brilliant fun and I met some sound peeps.

Painting massive walls and then later vans too, I ended up in the club at 4am and, to my delight, stumbled across these amazing Techno Gnomes having it on stage.

Thus enabling me to stay up and drink more fine beer and dance away the rest of the night. Brilliant!

I always love the Paint and Beer because it always inspires me to try out things that I wouldn’t normally do and I see an array of amazing styles.

Literally painting from the minute that I got there to the moment that I left, the event always does exactly what it says on the tin. Simple!

Thanks to all Friekens crew especially the one and only Dries and Sid ( and fam). Mega love and respect to the UK connection. Snub fam always in full effect.

Until next year.

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New Prince Fatty wall for the Blind Tiger featuring Fatty, Horsey and Hollie Cook.Evie Jones and VITO R.I.P. Collab with Req TDK

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So once again, the seasonal task of painting the Blind Tiger wall came around and presented me with a whole new challenge. To paint the entire wall this time.

Local dubwise producer and reggae superstar, Prince Fatty asked me if I could paint something that promoted his monthly rub a dub club at the venue and included himself, Hollie Cook and the mighty Horseman.

As it is a large wall I also asked Req if he could come and paint the wall. He included a brilliant portrait of the beautiful Evie Jones and I also set about making a feature of the windows on the walls this time so that they didn’t stand out from the design too much.

I went for an Easter Island style theme, where the statues on the left are of Fatty and Horsey. I couldn’t bring myself to make Hollie Cook out of stone, so added her in with tiger print costume leaning against a blind tiger statue. This worked out as Hollie’s new album artwork is of a similar vain, but with a voodoo theme.

The fourth statue from the left is a tribute to a beautiful soul, VITO, who sadly left this world last month. Well known and loved by many and especially the Playgroup gang here at the Blind Tiger, I felt it only right to honour him in this mural.

All were very happy with the result and a great turn around on the piece, taking about a day and a half.

Props to Req, TDK, The Blind Tiger Crew, Fatty, Horsey, Hollie Cook and one love to VITO, Rest in peace.

Grafik Advent 18 – 24…Merry Chr..Oh!

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Yup,yup,yup. It’s all over. I know. It comes, it goes. In a flash. Just like that.

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I must apologise to anybody who comes to my blog for my images as I have been soooooo busy thru December that I didn’t get to post the last few Grafik Advents.

 

Here they are for you now… For the full set click here

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Playgroup Festival wall Timelapse…

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Well, I tell ya, I must have been snoozing as I totally missed out on posting this bit of timelapse that POOKA did for Playgroup Festival this year. Again, the Festival was an awesome one, with a fantastic line up and amazing people to boot.

Here is the vid…Enjoy.

The title track is ‘The Entrance’ by Boycom

Playgroup Festival 2012 – The Blind Tiger Wall

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Festy season is with us once more and one of my favourite festivals in the last 2 years has been Playgroup at Eridge park in Tunbridge Wells.

To celebrate this years festival, I was asked to come and paint the wall at the Blind Tiger Club Brighton. It was a beautiful day and I got more than my fair share of sunburn whilst doing it!

Drawing inspiration from this years theme and a little story on the flyer, I came up with this colourful design. Using some rough sketches and a lot of imagination (or making it up as I go), the whole wall took me a day to paint.

The finished wall can now be seen on the side of the pub.

More shots of the progress and a time lapsed video by Pooka Photography is on the way.

Follow the links in this post for more info on the festival and how to get tickets

Brighton Festival 2012…..The timelapse

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So we hit the end of may, and it was bloody sunny. Yay!! Got all of the boxes painted. Now June is here and it’s equally as rainy, so cannae get out to paint boxes again!!

So, just before the end of the festival, I went out on one scorching morning and painted the final box of the festival.  Nice spot, in front of Brighton pier.  The amazing Mr Hopes of  Pooka Photography came along and documented the event and put this rather lovely timelapse together, alongside my favourite remix of Caribou’s SUN –  remixed by FYBE : ONE of Shades of Grey recordings

Thanks to Brighton Festival, Snub23, Brighton Council, Pooka Photography and FYBE : ONE

Brighton Festival Street Campaign

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Along side the Yarn Bomb project. the main project for Brighton Festival was for myself and Snub 23 to brand up some Brighton green boxes in the Brighton Festival styleee.

Got a few done, but the rain has been holding off painting play. Grrr! If it stops then there’ll be more to come in the next few days.

Brighton Festival – Yarn Bombing Project

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This years Brighton Festival began on Sat 5th May and to help launch the whole shebang I was asked to help deliver a small series of Yarn Bombs.

Yarn Bombing?’ I thought to myself. I was aware of the concept, but I had never knitted anything in my life. And the small amount of time left before the launch of the festival was full of other work to be done and was definitely not the time for me to be learning crochet skills. Luckily I knew just the people to get involved.

My good friend, and fellow artist,  Mazcan had been chatting to me about this street art movement just days before I was asked about the project. She had created some little crochet woolies for some bollards at an event for White Night 2011 in Brighton and had enjoyed it so much that she was now eyeing up lamp posts around town to make their lives a little cosier.

I also know a group of girls who hold a regular ‘Stitch and Bitch’ evening. From this group, a young lady called Tora Huston, who is a whizz with the knitting needles and regularly knits fantastic outfits for festival attire and bizarre toys as gifts for friends. WIN!

Also from this group is a super seamstress extrordinaire by the name of Scarletti. Again, another amazing outfitter who had created such delights as a badger hoodie (MINE!), a sand crab hoodie, Max suit ( where the wild things are), Big Love Yeti fluff and, well, the list goes on and on…

Last and not least, another fabrics whizz and knitter of beards, yes, BEARDS! Charlie Bear or Charlie at Crafternoon. This young lady holds creative workshops and makes costumes for festivals and carnivals and carnival festivals. Never a dull moment at her nipple tassle making workshops, she jumped at the chance to come and do some fabric based art for the breasts, er, I mean streets!

So with knitting needles and sewing machines at the ready, we only had one more task to overcome. How do we get the logo on to fabric.

Cue Monsieur James Alias at Patch-Works.Net. His skill, expertise and embroidery printer completed the look and sealed the deal by creating the Brighton Festival logo in fabric.

With the work now complete, the team took to the streets of Brighton in the dead of night and aided by our 10 foot companion, Scarletti, they were able to reach the tops of the lamp posts. Which was good as we didn’t have a ladder.

The Yarn bombs are now in place and you can see them if you visit New Road in Brighton. They shall be up for the duration of the festival and maybe even longer. Keep an eye out and you may even see more in the near future.

NB: Not all of the lamp posts were ‘Yarn’ Bombed. Some had fabric and applique techniques. No Lamp Posts were harmed in the making of this project.

Grafik Warfare and Brighton Festival

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Today sees the launch of the Brighton Festival street project in conjunction with Grafik Warfare.

You may have seen the wall of AUNG SAN SUU KYI, that we did for last years festival. If not then the post is here

This year we are rolling out a smaller set of images across the city, using the festival branding over the media boxes.

We are also collaborating with a team of Yarn Bombers to add some fabric style Street Art in to the mix.

Keep your eyes peeled around Brighton for the next week or so and you’ll see the work appearing.