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.
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.
Mural painted with Ten of Swords for Brighton Tattoo Convention. 2016
Brighton Youth Centre Dragon.Workshop with The Prince’s Trust. 2015
Cameleopardalus detail. 2015.
Commissioned piece. Collaboration with Entropy arts. 2014
Neon box dragon.Brighton 2015
Sinbot. Charcoal doodle. 2016.
Batty box art. City Clean Project 2016.
Into the Hoods box art for Brighton Dome. 2016
Dragon at BYC. Painted with Pooka and Melo. 2015
Box art.Brighton Tattoo Convention. 2016
Box art. Jake the dog. 2016
Commissioned wall. Brighton.
Catus Pardus. Exotic Creatures project. Box art. 2015.
Akala box art. Brighton 2015.
Berlin bot. The Berghain. 2015.
Tiger.Exotic Creatures project. Box Art. 2015.
City clean Box art. 2016.
Pussy licker. Teufelsberg. Berlin 2015
Box art. Brighton Tattoo Convention. 2016
Teufelsberg Dragon. B erlin 2015
Box art. Brighton Tattoo Convention. 2016
Lion. Exotic Creatures project. Box Art. 2015.
Badger Box art. 2015.
Oska Brighton Film Festival Box art. 2015.
Akala box art. Brighton 2015.
Nursery commission. 2015.
Cameleapordarlus. Exotic Creatures project. 2015.
Commissioned portraits. Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank for ABC boxing gym. Hove. 2015.
Sketch for commissioned mural.2016.
Bear goodbox art. 2016.
Star wars tribute. Box art. Brighton. 2016.
City clean Box art. 2016.
Deliveroo. Restaurant install. 2016.
Lioness and dog.Exotic Creatures project. Box Art. 2015.
There are so many people out there that paint amazing things and love what they do. I have full respect for those that continue to do what they love even when there is so much hate and disrespect and unwitting hypocrisy thrown their way.
This mornings offering is based on a tortoise ping pong table that i painted at Boomtown fair last week ( pics to follow).
I wanted to paint a tortoise again and then include a pun. Here’s what I came up with..
So once again we are flying through the year and not much is getting updated on this site. But that’s not to say that I haven’t been painting much.
After May I wound it down a little as I had been painting sheep ( on walls and boxes, not painting on sheep!) for Brighton Festival and creating a lot of stencil work. When that was over I wanted to paint something different.
Then HR GIGER died and I decided to paint a tribute on the side of the Art Schism shop in Brighton.
I wouldn’t say that my work is GIGER influenced, but the impact that his art had on me when I was younger was immense. How could it not be. The detail, the surrealism, the sexual explicitness. The Alien film design.
Thus I chose to honour the great man with a rendition of his famous alien. I used black transparent paints to sketch out and the technique that REQ had taught me to transpose the form on to the wall.
I then layered up the image with greys, blacks and transparent paint. I didn’t plan the image out, but painted the alien first and then decided to add the detail or a notion of the detail on the background.
Here it is finished.
I have this wordpress site, yet I never manage to upload anything. Despite the fact that I am constantly out painting. Ah, yeah. Right . I see the connection now. I need to get me a laptop…. Here are some walls and things that I’ve been painting recently. Enjoy.
BTC box. Jan 2014.
Brighton Tattoo Convention mural. The Hilton, Brighton.Text by REQ. Jan 2014.
Basquiat Canvas for the ICONS show. Feb 2014.
MCA canvas for ICONS show. Feb 2014.
Lizard tribute to the lovely Dee Linden. Feb 2014.
Whalefest mural at the Hilton. Box image not by me. Feb 2014.
Jimi Hendrix portrait for the ICONS show at Art Schism. Feb 2014.
Life drawing at the warehouse gallery. Trying out Japanese ink.. March 2014
Brighton Festival box. March 2014.
Spray paint workshop. March 2014
‘Neurons’ – For fun. Feb 2014.
Giraffy is not legal. For fun. 2014
Brighton Festival boxes. Sheep by Req on this image. Feb/March 2014
Marina studios, ‘Inspire’ mural. Dec 2013
Ice Cream Kiosk, Brighton Sea Front. March 2014
Last year Req and myself spent a month painting a large scale mural on the side of the Prince Albert pub. We were asked to paint a series of portraits depicting dead musicians and famous faces as a tribute to the pub landlord’s heroes.
This Friday we revisit this mural and host a show at Art Schism with new portraits on display and prints and postcards of the mural for sale.
The show runs for 2 weeks at Art Schism, but this Friday is the launch and we start at the gallery at 87 Gloucester Rd, Brighton from 5pm. Our good friends at the Darkstar Brewing Company have given us a keg of Hophead to enjoy. We then head to the Prince Albert for a little shindig and to see the short film that Snowstorm media made about the wall.
There will be music and live drawing and maybe even some portraits too.
We shall be at the Albert from just after 8pm and the film is being shown at half 8.
Come and join us. For more info visit the event page on Facebook.
In the club with SNUB-SINNA-MISHFIT
Collab with SNUB
A mere selection of the paint from Henxs. Much more was acquired…
This is just the bottled Sid brew. Darkside and Bright side was on offer. It was also on tap and then there were a couple of pallets of Budvar too.
Painting vans alongside Multi syndicate crew and NOL
L-R: SNUB – MISHFIT – SINNA ONE – EDO RATH – NOL
The whole shebang.
Paint and Beer 2013. Alongside Mishfit and Edo Rath.
JAKE. Just a taster of some of the immense graff peices.
Details from the DRIES / SINNA collab. Fat cap only.
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.
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.
This Friday 3rd May sees the launch of the new group show ‘Superstition’ at the Art Schism gallery on Gloucester rd, Brighton.
I have some new work on display. The preview is from 6.30pm until 9pm. I shall be live painting at the event. Event page here.
The White Rabbit gallery opposite shall be opening their doors for the first time on the night and also showing off the new juice bar they have opened with alcoholic juices up for grabs.
You can see a small mural that I have painted for them too.
The Superstition show at Art Schsim runs from 3rd until the 31st May.
I have been helping to run a co operative gallery shop project since December. The shop has just relaunched for the spring/summer and we shall be holding numerous events and shows in the next few months.
I also have some new work showing there and am offering spray paint tutorials over the Easter holidays.
Visit the Facebook event for details