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.

Sinna One – recent works.

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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.

Tortoise box.

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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..

 

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Things I been doing…

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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.

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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14, 15, 16 and 17…Grafik Advent continues…

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This years advent is proving tough. Had to wait for the rain in the last few days, but also being involved in the Art Schism project as well as other projects is taking up my time too.

I think that I need a clone!

 

Here are the latest offerings….

 

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11, 12 and 13..

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As usual for December it is very cold. Fingers have almost dropped off. Rain is here today and may stop play….Booo!!

 

Here’s the last few days

 

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More to come and don’t forget to come in to the Art Schism shop at 87 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AP to see more of my artwork for sale as well as other great artists and makers.

Grafik Advent 2012 – the return

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Yes, yes. It’s back. The Grafik Advent hosted by me, Sinna One.

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It’s flipping freezing out there at the moment, but has that stopped me?

Hell no!

My paint stained fingers have taking such a cold bashing in the last five days and they shall continue to do so until the advent is up. So here are the first few and expect to see more. Every day. Watch this space….

 

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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.

Sinna’s Adventures in Hindustan – The Kolkata Kat

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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?