Studio Visit

I had Ian Cox pop down to the studio recently, it’s always nice hanging out with Ian, we’ve been working on things together since the early days of Nuart.  It’s a busy time in the studio right now with 3 sets of work going to shows in LA, Miami and the stroke art fair in Munich. Ian caught some great construction shots as the afternoon wore on.
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Dubai report

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Just left Dubai after a whirlwind week of a show, Art Dubai, and a spot of painting on JBL Walk. Urban Art is a pretty new thing for the United Arab Emirates and almost unknown in Dubai, so i was pretty impressed with the turn out at the courtyard gallery for the private view. You don’t get as diverse a crowd any where, Emirates Bikers on huge custom Harley’s mixed with Dubai’s glamourous art set and street artists from Beriut & Abu Dabi. The show POP Wall, mixed works from the Graffik Gallery’s stable of artists and middle eastern artists curated by the Courtyard gallery, flowing arabic handstyles next to western stencils and islamic pop art works, a great show that gelled to show a common humour and attitude.
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It’s not so easy to find spots to paint in Dubai, there’s no tagging, no flyposting, despite an abundance of building site hoardings and amazing spots. With cans of paint hard to source and at an incredible cost (almost $24 a pop), not to mention strict rules and penalties its not hard to work out why. Coupled to the fact i was painting large piles of trash i was amazed to finally get something street side. I have to thank Otto and his team at the Ocean View Hotel for letting me play on their hotel front, just on JBL Walk.  By way of thanks i popped a few framed works around the hotel. If you want to convince someone something is art its often handy to have some whacking great gold frames to make the point.
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Thanks to all who came to see the show, it runs till the 17th of April so if you didn’t get a chance to come down to the preview there is still time yet. A huge thank you to all who helped make this trip possible from Graffik, Ollie and Jay, who set the whole thing up and facilitated an amazing stay. From Courtyard, Samia and Nadine who were amazing hosts, put on an great show and found me spots to paint and The Ocean View Hotel, Otto and his team gave us free reign of the hotel and generally looked after our wants and need. Thanks all, see you next year?

Pop Wall Dubai

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I’ve been busy in the studio the last couple of months preparing for a couple of shows that are coming up in March and April in Dubai & Los Angeles respectively.

Dubai’s first up, with a show at the Courtyard Gallery in collaboration with Graffik gallery from London. It promises to be a interesting show with stablemates from Graffik and artists from the local Courtyard gallery merging middle eastern and western ideas of pop art.

The show coincides with the Dubai Art Fair, so there will be a buzz around town. We will be live painting in and around the gallery for a week or so, so if you have a public wall in need of some trash drop me a line via the contact form on the site.

The Courtyard gallery
AL QUOZ 3, STREET 6A
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Opening Reception: Sunday 16 March, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 16 March – 17 April 2014
Gallery timings: Sunday – Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

 

Made in Chelsea

Had a fun time with the ‘Made in Chelsea’ crew yesterday, the glamourous Sophie HermannVictoria Baker-Harber lent a hand to paint some Dotmaster stuff on the back wall of Graffik gallery, Portobello road. A funny morning, filming the girls painting with Mark Vandelli turning up to critique with his own unique style. The whole thing should be aired sometime in April. During the morning the girls taught me some valuable style tips.

1. Always make sure when painting to have the appropriate footwear.

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2. You can get away with any outfit with gorgeous hair.

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3. Skinny girls still look skinny in boiler suits…. but don’t like the experience. (full body shots have been with held on the requests of the girls).

Oh yeah …..and we painted something.

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Christmas tat

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An end of year clear out of the drawers has unearthed a few old favourites from the last few years, actually turned up quite a lot of paper. So with an eye on christmas and in the spirit of the season i’ve collated a few affordable low edition paper works for the Graffik Christmas party on Thursday December 12th starts around 6.30pm. Mulled wine and mince pies, probably accompanied by a crafty smoke and squinty eyes, there’s chances to win prints and photocopy your arse on the office copier. For more info check Graffiks FB

Bear essentials

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The alphabet bears will be released through the shop on this site at 19.00 tuesday evening
They are Editions of 1 per letter (there are no more to do multiples) 5 colour silk screen print on 300 gsm Rives Arches paper hand finished letters in red and blue acrylic as above. All prints are signed numbered and embossed. One order only per customer. Purchases from with in the UK are delivered by Next day delivery. Europe and worldwide signed for First class through the Royal Mail.

Christmas Special

I’ve been digging through the drawers, looking at all the odds and sods i have there for a forthcoming christmas show at Graffik Gallery. Things are tough out there this Christmas season and the idea behind the show is affordable gifts for the festive season, so i’ve dug out some old and unreleased stuff that fits the price range for the show. While i was looking for things to put into their show i came across a stack of miss prints from my Toy edition. It’s a long story behind why they got printed, the reasons lie somewhere between a birth, an email and a change of printer… but the result was a series of prints that placed the bear in the centre of the page and not on the right hand corner as they finally appeared…These have been taking up space for some time now so in the spirit of the season here’s details of a unique print release that won’t break the bank.

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Here’s the idea, there are 26 in the series each one a 1/1 unique hand finished print. Its a 5 colour silk screen print hand finished with an acrylic rollered letter at the bargain price of £45 plus P&P. I will be releasing these through the shop on this site on Tuesday the 10th of December. Prints will be posted as soon as orders come in to make sure that they are with you by Christmas. Any questions should be directed through the contact page on this site.
Happy Christmas all!

 

San Francisco update

Well if you can remember San Francisco, you haven’t been there, or so the saying should go. Had an amazing week in San Fran, it’s a hell of a town, Thanks to John, Kristen, Julio, Ben & Carrie and Megan.
Can’t really say why i was there, thought i’d be doing some stuff on the streets, having some meetings about projects to come…. but ended up painting large walls with Eine. However i did make a load of work thanks to the generous studio of EineSigns. It was a crazy week  and there’s little to say in words but apparently pictures speak louder so…

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Thanks to megan at the Dog Patch Saloon who kept us watered, like good dogs, no one in San Francisco mixes a whiskey sour like you girl! You rock!

East end winner

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We have an East end Treasure hunt winner! Whats happening to you West end uys and gals? just checked with the last location and the 2nd prize for the West end searchers is still sitting there! If your still on route to either location, don’t worry if you arrive to late for the main prize, leave your email address and you get a chance at the prize draw for a consolation prize. so come on there’s still everything to play for!