Playgroup Festival wall Timelapse…

Commissions, Festivals, Projects, Walls

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

Prince Fatty versus the Drunken Gambler

Commissions, Community, Projects, Walls

As the summer was drawing to a close and the weather was still fine, I managed to fit in a little mural for Prince Fatty’s new album release – Prince Fatty Versus the Drunken Gambler.

Prince Fatty asked me to recreate the album artwork, originally drawn by famous illustrator JAKe, on a big wall in Brighton. The image shows Fatty, Holie Cook and Horseman ready to battle na Kung Fu stylie.

This was another challenging commission, as I am so used to drawing my own artwork, and it took a day just to get the original sketch to how it should look.

I was happy with the end result and more importantly, Fatty was over the moon.

There is a time lapse of the piece being painted on the way.

The album is out now on Mr Bongo.

Now hear dis…

GOBI – AKA the Mongolian barbeque

Commissions, Projects, Walls

This project was from last year and I’m only just getting around to posting the pics.

Gobi is a Mongolian barbeque restaurant in Brighton. I was asked to come in and brighten up the cloakroom.

The designs are not my own work, but the work of a Mongolian artist named G.Batchuluun.

Both pieces are from batik style paintings. The first depicting the goddess of Art ‘Yanjinlkham’ and the second depicting Ghengis Khan. Link to these images here – Mongolian Shop

It was interesting to paint in this style as they have a slightly buddhist art style to them. Something that I felt that I explored a little bit more on my travels in India a couple of months after this.

Playgroup Festival 2012 – The Blind Tiger Wall

Collaborations, Commissions, Community, Doodles, Events, Festivals, Grafik Warfare, Projects, Walls

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

Sinna’s Adventures in Hindustan – The Kolkata Kat

Community, Doodles, Events, Grafik Warfare, Inspiration, Projects, Travel, Walls

SO here it is.  I’m back in blighty. I’ve been amazing lucky with the weather here so far and it isn’t too cold. That has made it easy to get out and do a little painting around the town.

Whilst I was away in India, I met up with family that I have not seen for a long time or even met, some of them. I also met lots of lovely people. My trip there was to rest but I also had the desire to create something and when I was offered the fantastic opportunity to paint on a wall in Kolkata, then I jumped at the chance. I met a girl called Sweata Sharma, who writes an art blog called Kriya Kalash. I was inspired to discover that this blog  highlights and showcases home grown Indian artists and works in all disciplines.

She also has a part in a collective called Asthir Art on the Move, with her friend Richa Kumar, amongst others. This was the link that I had been looking for. A creative organisation who believes in spontaneous creativity and inspiring others through art. Something that I definitely hold close to my heart as a driving force for my own work.

After talking to Sweata about the work that I did in the UK, as a muralist and a youth arts worker,  I was asked if it would be possible to create something in Kolkata. Of course I said ‘YES!’

Sweata and Richa then put me in touch with a man called Manas Acharya, who was curating a show at  Studio 21 gallery in Ballygunge, Kolkata. My timing was slightly out as he had just finished putting the show together and had an event where Speedy Graphito painted a wall at the gallery.

Despite this he offered his help and expertise and arranged for me to paint a wall nearby, situated in an area where there had clearly been a history of wall art. The date was set and I was asked if I could create an image that had an air of Bengali influence and vibrance.

During my trip I had seen paintings by contemporary Bengali artist, Jamini Roy. The images instantly grabbed me as they were different from other Indian styles that I had encountered. They were colourful, like a lot of the Indian artforms, however they were very tribal and simplistic. Very cartoon like. His pattern work and use of simplified shapes stood out to me so I incorporated this in to my design.

The date that was set was also the day before I was going to visit the Sunderbans Tiger Camp. The idea of seeing a Bengal Tiger was running through my mind quite a bit at that time ( even though it is very rare!).

As I was flying from Bagdogra to Kolkata, I drew a small sketch of a Royal Bengal tiger, crouching and ready to pounce. I then drew a border very much in keeping with the Jamini Roy work that I had seen. I used the clouds from his ‘Procession’ painting that I had seen in the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata and drew a structure around the tiger as a border, in the mogul style, with minarets.

After a brief meeting with Sweata, it was decided that this should be the image that I painted.

On the 29th Feb I went to the wall on Dover Place, in Ballygunge. I was greeted by Richa, Sweata and a large group of young lads of varying ages. They had come to watch as they all lived in the local community and they had helped to prepare the wall.  I had requested some black and white spray paint and some White, Orange, Green and Red emulsion. I got to work.

Whilst I painted more and more people arrived and took pictures and even the press stopped to have a look and ask me some questions. I also spoke to a Greek woman called Katerina about graffiti as her son is a graffiti artist and rapper. We talked about the strong links that the artforms have and how some people still see it as a negative force, when the art of expression is a very positive one.

After I had finished the piece, Katerina also read the Tyger by William Blake ( see below). All of the children then came and had their picture taken in front of the piece and we all jumped around and cheered.

It was a great experience and an honour to share a little bit of what I do with the community of Ballygunge. I hope that one day I can go back and do it again.

Many thanks to Sweata Sharma, Richa Kumar, Manas Acharya, Doenka Bhutia, The Calcutta Times and all the fantastic people that I met that day on Dover Place. Additional thanks to Ro and Anshuman Harshwardhan for their images.

The Tyger by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Grafik Advent Dec 24th – T’was the Night before Christmas…

Brighton Green Boxes, Collaborations, Doodles, Fresh St. ART, Grafik Advent Project, Grafik Warfare, Projects, Walls

Todays installment is a slightly bigger display. Painted as part of the Fresh St. Art project with help from EZ.

 

 

 

 

 

So only one day left. The project draws to a close and it has been awesome to see so many diverse images go up. Thanks to all on the project. I had hoped for something grand for the finale, however due to rainy weather was unable to do this.

Anyway, Happy Christmas. I hope that you get all that you wish for.

The Blind Tiger – The Playgroup Pub

Commissions, Projects, Sinbot, Walls

I have done a few bits and bobs with Playgroup now. They are a Brighton based hub of all that is fun and flamboyant. They put on great parties and know a thing or two about great music. I’ve created artwork for both of their festivals in the last year, so when they opened up their pub, The Blind Tiger, in Brighton, I was asked to paint the wall on the side of it. The theme was set for White Night, an event in Brighton to mark the longest night, when the clocks go back. This years theme was Utopia, or in this case Dystopia. I decided to paint one of my favourite things, Robots and set it as the end of humanity by technology. Once the event was over I went and changed the speech bubble to show Sinbot with a flower.

Info for Playgroup and The BlindTiger here.

BIG BIG BIG

Blackrock, Collaborations, Commissions, Sinbot, Walls

In the past year and a half I have been involved in some of the biggest wall projects that I have ever done. It started in May 2010 with the event The Beautiful and the Canned 2, which was a highlight of 2010’s May Fringe Festival in Brighton and Hove. There were a number of large walls painted around the city by a selection of amazing spray paint and stencil artists. This event was lovingly and meticulously organised by Brighton’s own Guy Harris and Fay Mcdonald at WET PAINT PRODUCTIONS. The wall I was involved with, as seen above, was a collaboration with Brighton’s no.1 female spray artist, MISHFIT, London’s awesome character artist , INKFETISH,  mural cartoonist, KEV MUNDAY and Leamington Spa’s super tech stencilist, DBO. With a special guest appearance by Holland’s (or Nolland) crazy graff cartoonist, NOL getting as high as he always gets ( he is a very tall guy!). This was assisted by Independent Scaffolding of Brighton

In August 2010, I single handedly painted the largest mural I had ever painted. The wall ( as seen above ) took a week to complete, up a scaffold and I probably went through around 50 tins of spray paint. Powered by the mighty KOBRA brand and once again supported and elevated by INDEPENDENT SCAFFOLDING of Brighton, the wall was commissioned by THE  PROPERTY SHOP to promote a new business venture in to home repairs called ALL BUILDING TRADES. The image is the cut away of a house showing lots of building and repairs going on throughout.

This year has seen more large work go up ( see below ) and there are still a few more projects in the pipe line.