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

Brighton Festival 2012…..The timelapse

Brighton Green Boxes, Collaborations, Commissions, Community, Doodles, Events, Festivals, Grafik Warfare, Inspiration, Media Box painting, Projects

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

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?

Christmas Time!!!

Brighton Green Boxes, Grafik Advent Project, Grafik Warfare, Media Box painting

I’m getting all festive and we kick off the Grafik Advent project on green boxes around the city of Brighton. Keep your eyes peeled for more but to get you started there are already 3 boxes completed by myself ,  Sinna One and one by mr SNUB23.

Here are a couple of pics. For more info check out my Flickr and my Facebook page.

BLLLLAAAARRGGGHHH!!

Fresh St. ART

I never realised that there were so many big tongued cat munstaz hanging out around Brighton but it seems that I was wrong. This is a fitting companion and tongue comparison for the fluffy beast. Ivy is one of the keepers of ‘Swatantra’ the cat munsta, ensuring that he is well fed and always smiling.

This cat is one of the many images produced on the ‘Fresh St. ART’ Youth Project.

The Green Box Saga

Brighton Green Boxes, Fresh St. ART, Media Box painting, Uncategorized

This year I have been working with youth groups and Brighton council to paint some of the spaces around the city. Along with this I have been given permission to paint a number of the green electricity and communications boxes around the place. Following in the footsteps of Brighton Green Box artist, Cassette Lord, I hope to offer a more colourful and alternative style to the current casette and mixer stencils normally seen around. Here are just a few that have been done already….

 

 

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.

Prehistoric Puppetry

Collaborations, Events, Festivals, Projects

Last weekend saw the Wonky Paleontology team at the Secret Garden Party. I came along and helped spray the dinosaur and created some dino style Character Cut-Outs as well as helping kids dig up bones out of the sand pit.

The weather was fantastic for the whole weekend, with the majority of the forecast rain bypassing the site. We took the Dino for a walk on the saturday night, roaring our way around the festival and across the front row for Blondie’s performance whilst she sang Heart of Glass and Hanging on the Telephone. We had a massive bop to the gig and then headed to the top of the hill to watch the fireworks, as festie goers serenaded us with the theme to Jurassic Park.

Dino-tastic!!

Keep your eyes peeled for more festie appearances from the Wonky Paleontology team. More info will be here – Wonky Paleontology and extra pics too.