So it was with full fear we went to bergen to paint a wall with Eine and Steph. Not because they are scary but because we were attempting to paint a bloody big wall in the wettest part of the west coast. Famous for the rain, the town had experienced almost 2 months relentless rain pior to our trip. Ben arrived and the clouds parted….lucky basturd! I was straight (?) from Glastonbury and Ben and steph from Roskida, battle weary and soaked the sun made a decent change. Ben smashed the wall in 3 days. Contraversial calculate cash.
It’s been a hard week, 16 hour days in the wind and the rain, and all too seldom the sun. After 3 days helping Ben Eine in Bergen (traditionally the wettest city on the west coast) in the blazing sunshine, i was hopeful that Stavanger would deliver the same. WRONG! The building above is the Lervig brewery, yes i got given the keys of a brewery and painted a bloody wall. Talk about couldn’t organise a piss up in a… Mike, the master brewer even offered me use of the company fridge! Hard to get enthusiastic for getting drunk in the rain 8m in the air in a cherry picker…..DAM. Dodging raindrops the size of 50mm shells meant working through the night, in the vain hope that the forecasts were right. WRONG! But its nearly there and i”ve only a day more tweaking and introducing some stencil elements. The still above is from Martin Hawks, (Saft films) during the week he road tested some new camera equipment out and produced some stunning time lapse (with a difference!!) . He must of shot 1000’s of frames and each nights brought its own weather logistics, cameras don’t seem to like the rain much either. But wait till you see it…..beautifully filmed. Thanks to Carl for the shots below…again stunning, and of course the Nuart crew, and Reed productions for setting the whole thing up.
May is a big month in my house, after attack of the killer noni in the garden, work starts on replacing the jasmine in the back garden for joys 6th birthday. Faced with a large cinder block wall Joy and i decided to decorate it.
Well started at last painting Cordy House its a bloody big wall and we have a monster scissor lift and a hell of alot of paint so looks like its happening. Should be finished by the weekend ish.
Heres a picture of the team a painting, thanks to Addict for the dope clothes! I am sure they will keep us warm during the week. The team are Best ever, Dead leg, Dotmasters.
Landed in Munchen this afternoon, went to the ghostyard paint shop where they raided their own personal stash for some shades they didn’t have on the shelves and went to visit where i am painting tomorrow.
Its a cool cycle tunnel by the river isar the tunnel has been curated by loomit and its looking great, Its a stroke of luck to get into this cool spot! Most of the artists have painted their walls with only loomit and myself left to paint. Theirs snow on the ground and its bloody cold, but tomorrow looks set to be a day of foot stamping and hand clapping spraying….cant wait. More photos to follow.
While in Stavanger a friend from last year asked me to brighten up a wall or two at their cafe in neighboring village of Sola . Run by two sisters Camilla and Amy the “thirsty sisters” is a coffee shop with a difference, if your landing at the airport at Stavanger its worth dropping in for the best coffee in the region.
Preparing to paint down under the Westway at the Portobello Film Festivals outdoor cinema (just off Portobello Road). Part of this years festival program is ARTIST’S EYE where artists choose their favorite films, paint something in the cinema and introduce the movie of their choice before the screening.
On friday the 3rd of sept Blek Le Rat introduces Performance and I present Holy Mountain, we will be painting there over the coming days. On the 4th Inkie presents and paints from Mr Hulot’s Holiday. The 5th see’s Babooshka painting and introducing Barbarella. Solo one will be painting down there and other artists such as Patrick Hughes, Andrew Logan and Michael Horovitz will be introducing their fave films. A full program can be downloaded here
introduce their favourite films.
Its been the first week in Stavanger for the Nuart Festival this years festivities sees the launch of Nuarts ‘Landmark Series’, a series of huge walls around the Storhaug area in Stavanger. This week has seen Blu and Ericailcane and myself visit town and paint, the other artists on the program will come in September. The weathers been patchy with 4 seasons in one day, most days. After a ladder, scaffold and in the end a cherry picker its at last finished, Now all i have to do is run the production for everyone else…Special thanks to Bardia who helped with logistics and of course the Nuart Crew.
For those that don’t know a Toy is a derogatory graffiti name for someone who’s work sucks!
Below stunning work from Blu and eric ail cane
A great line up for the Whitecross urban art show, the street becomes a gallery for the works of Best Ever , Burning Candy, Carrie Reichardt, David Bray, Dotmasters, Dr D, Filthy Luker, Gavin Turk, Giles Walker, Matt Small, Mysterious Al, Paul Insect, Peter Dunne, Shepherd Fairey, Teddy Baden, Will Barras, Wreckage, Xenz
An amazing TWO day event! Over thirty leading Artists and over ten underground Musicians playing Parisian style on Whitecross Street, East London. Lots of wonderful activities and things to do for ALL ages. Giant knitting, canival parades, silk screen workshops. A childrens photo booth, stencil printing workshops, live art demonstrations, birds of prey and lots more. There will be loads of lovely food available and places to relax to make a whole afternoon of this event.
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After 14 months in the Mallorcan sun, rain and cold, the garage roof was looking tatty a day and a half’s touch up and its a good as new. Actually it looks a bit better, the sun has bleached the colours back and the paint has settled. The problems seem to have been caused buy the initial base coat not adhering to the concrete. Funny to repair work outside, often the council just seems to buff it out before it weathers at all. Off to Munich later today, I hear the Bavarian Councils curatorial position is one of the strictest in Europe.