Astro Boy hits Croydon

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Picture by Ian cox aka Wallkandy
The second mural as part of the Croydon Mural Project is finished! Luckily i was the first artist to be asked to paint so… when offered a wall, I thought i could put one on the wall opposite and have the two Toys facing each other, luckily they said yes. After the very girly image of the Ragdoll i thought it would be nice to produce an image that was more male, Astroboy! All of the toys i paint are actual toys from my shelf of plastic crap i have in the studio (see below), Astroboy was something i got given in Japan a few years ago when i was doing a show with Rat king in Tokyo and have painted smaller versions for shows as part of the Toy series but really wanted to see it big!
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A huge thanks to the Croydon Mural Project for getting me the walls and sorting out all the logistics. I had a fun couple of weeks in Croydon if not a little wet and i look forward to seeing what other artists put up around the town during the duration of the project
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Croydon Toys

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There are some new toys in Croyden! I’ve been painting there for a week and the first wall is done. The second is underway and should be finished by Friday. The two will stand opposite each other and are part of the biggest toy’s in Toy Town series first started years ago at Nuart in Stavanger.There’s loads of new street work in Croydon at the moment and there’s series of large scale street works planned by The Croydon Mural project which is produced by The Rise Gallery and Attollo art, Cheers guys!

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London Wall Street

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Been involved in a great new space and its premier show. London wall street is a show curated by The Krah hosted at the Artcore’s new Crows nest gallery in Crowthorne road W10 6RP (nearest stop Latimer Road) London. It’s a really great show with old and new faces. Spent the week before the show painting up the front of the space, that can be seen from the West way flyover on your way in to london on the A40 (pics to follow)

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There are several events happening over the coming weeks, with a load of bands on the 9th friday night, including Ruby Throat and Donut. With Pyratrix cabaret on the saturday the 10th of October. Entertainment till late with a bar as well as entrace to the art show.

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Reed projects

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I know it’s all a bit late but the reason to write it up is so i can remember where and what the hell i have been doing over the last few months…to be honest it’s been a bit of a blur.
Old friend and collaborator Martyn Reed invited me to Stavanger to do a show at his gallery Reed Projects.There is work available from the show on their online gallery here

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allcrowdtwowindowwidewalls gave some nice coverage here

We produced a print for the event the latest in the TOY series that are dotted all over town from years gone by:
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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!

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Well it looks from reports that we have at least one winner. still waiting for confirmation, so if you are still out there following the trail, don’t be dismayed there is still a chance to win. If you get to the end of the trail simply leave your email address with the final destination and there will be a prize draw for a consolation prize, Probably a work on paper. So there is a point to finishing the trail, so carry on regardless. Thanks to all who braved the windy weather to take part. more updates as to whos one what to follow.

So to recap

So to recap you have to visit four locations in west london pick up the codes in each palce that will give you a map coordinate For example 51.524232 -0.073299 (its only a bloody example, don’t go here the only toy there will be you). Put the numbers in Google maps and voila you have the location go in ask for Steve or Jen and say “I’m a TOY can i have my TOY please” and you will be given your prize.

So the places you have to visit in this order are:

Graffik gallery, Portobello road W10 5TE
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The old paddington Sorting office (punch drunks venue for  “The drowned man”)
Clues on the side fire escape door in Winsland Street,

1 Bramber Road W14 9PA
Clues on the the green telecoms box between North end road and No1 Bramber road

Smash Yard 22a Stable Way London W10 6QX
the clue is on the wall beside the entrance (don’t try to enter the yard there’s big scary dogs and Luke!)
Anyhow Happy hunting and good luck!