Lockdown worx

Thankfully a couple of years ago we built a studio in the back garden, so when the news came of the Lockdown my work suffered less than many in the UK. i could still make stuff, but the thought of making a show that would probably not be seen, left me having to reevaluate what to make in these uncertain times. I settled on a series of experimental works using the motif of a kid painting smiles on well loved works of art. It kind of made sense to have these three rude kid characters , Astrid, Indigo and Edgar painting, stuck indoors like the rest of us.

I am sure i was not alone in taking to the bottle during lockdown. The news and social media streams confirmed it. During the drunken haze that was the first few weeks that included my wedding anniversary we were sent a two bottle box of wine to help us celebrate. The box was just too cute to throw away.

I didn’t want to do something 2d or canvas based, and with my only 3d gig Glastonbury cancelled (i am the art director Unfairground) i thought i’d try and make these little boxes into stage sets where i could pop these three naughty children and up cycle this little wooden box.

Each box has its own RGB remote control so that the lights can change to whatever colour you require, there are preset programs with fading , jumping and flashing between different colours. The back panel is laser cut wallpaper out of birch ply, The frames are 24k gold leaf. I will be making a small edition of each light. Video of them working to follow.

Excited by these cute little lamp works I’ve also made some larger scale wall based works, at the time of writing this only one is finished and i will be posting some more updates as they are finished. The below version has interchangeable works that you can swap out depending on your mood.

These will be one off works, still no idea how to show them, where they will be available. hopefully work that out when they are all finished. To get your name on a waiting list for the Lockdown wine boxes email seesix at gmail with the subject Lockdown wine box

Big issue print release

Our Types have curated a great show at Jealous Gallery in Shoreditch for the benefit of the Big Issue. In conjunction with the show there are a series of live silk screened works that are going to be released over the next few days. I was asked to contribute and thought that an “Indigo gets up” print would be a perfect drop for the magazine.

Edition of 40 2 Colour Screenprint with Hand Finished Smile on Southbank Smooth 250gsm Paper Edition of 40 available here for £50 + P&P

Edition of 40 2 Colour Screenprint with Hand Finished Smile on Southbank Smooth 250gsm Paper Edition of 40 available here for £50 + P&P

2 Colour Screenprint with Hand Finished Smile and silver Spray paint Overlay for the frame on Southbank Smooth 250gsm Paper edition of 6 available here £100 + P&P

2 Colour Screenprint with Hand Finished Smile and Spraypaint Overlay on Southbank Smooth 250gsm Paper  which is sold out….sorry.

All that glitters show report

What a cracking night! A great turn out on Friday the 13th at Graffik gallery for a show, Christmas shop window display, the launch of Rude Kids Clobber and a silk screened skateboard release. It really was a who’s who of people I’ve worked with over the last 15 odd years. Thanks to https://www.bigdogsvodka.com made a cracking dirty martini. Thanks to all of you who came !

It was also the launch of Rude kids Clobber, a range of high quality tee’s and sweatshirts for kids and adults. You can check them out here. As well as the release of an Indigo gets up skateboard, 4 colours edition of 50 on Maple wood deck, available here

Photos by Faye Cooper aka Street art atlas

Show catalogue available here

Tongue in cheek window display is a bit of a Dotmasters/Graffik tradition
Good to see so many faces from years gone by
Ben Eine, Tizer, stella dore

The title of the show dictated the look and feel of the works, with gold, silver and glitter making it a christmas bauble of a show. Spray paint was mixed with Verre Eglomise and traditional gilding techniques in a modern day/1750’s mash up of gold leaf and spray paint.

shiny things for a Christmas feel
verre eglomise using red gold on glass and spray paint
Indigo Gets up Skateboards

An edition of 50 silk screened skateboard decks that come in a hand stenciled presentation box with a sticker pack and C.O.A. Available here

All that glitters…

Gold, silver, glitter and mother of pearl works for the festive season. A mix of old techniques and street savvy images in an irreverent show of luxury and detritus. Verre églomise, gilding, gold glass and spray paint combine to provide a Christmas bauble of a show.

The show coincides with the launch of the Rude Kids Clobber a range of clothes for the discerning rude kid. We will also be launching a silk screened edition of Skateboards (details to follow…)

It’s become a bit of a tradition at Graffik Gallery that i dress the Christmas window. I love it! I’m not sure how they feel about it… but its that time of year again! And it is traditional… I loved last years window, so the pressure is on! Pop in and see, i’ve been working on it for a while… open to the public 14th -31st of December

284 Portobello Rd, London W10 5TE

Mind in the gutter

So this is first solo show in Paris, it was in the mid 80’s i first saw stencil work on the streets, Nemo, Blek le rat and others. These heroes inspired me to take up the scalpel and paint on the street. Paris has always had a rich stencil history, from 1968 till today and it is a great honour to show in this city.

A bit about the show written by the gallery

“Mind in the Gutter” is the name Dotmasters gave this exhibition. It evokes for him dubious intentions, ambiguous actions, all these unsavory and yet jubilant things. Faithful to the vandal and provocative essence of urban art, this title captures the artists’ state of mind, who, jovial and lucid, enjoys taboos, contradictions, new gods and the absurdity of our contemporary lifestyles.

The exhibition offers several levels of reading: one can appreciate it as a pop, offbeat and impertinent visual experience or read in it an ironic critique of today’s society. Dotmasters develops the concept of “high-end waste” with brass sculptures of chanel paper bags. Through this realization, he takes note, reinforces and plays on the ambiguity between marketing and works of art, between single piece and disposable goods, between aesthetic value and commercial production.

Second theme dear to the artist, rebellious and cheeky cherubim populate the works of Dotmasters. Made from photographs of her nieces, nephews and friends, these stencils bring a mischievous and indocent hue to the exhibition. The turbulent and transgressive little angels who speak out or show their fingers to the spectator remind us of the joy that arises from disorder, the creativity generated by chaos and especially the importance of not being earnest.

Where there’s muck there’s brass, Painted cast brass sculpture

GCA Gallery PARIS – 2 place Farhat Hached – 75013 – Paris
du mardi au samedi de 11h30 à 18h30
Tél : +33 6 09 07 75 99

Open till the 16th of March

show catalogue here

Been busy Painting

Noticed the other day that there hasn’t been a post up here since new years! Well i’ve been busy painting around the place. Below are some high lights from the first 3 months of 2018, Liverpool, London and Laos…All the L’s

Portobello

Nice to be painting in Portobello again, on the left you can see graffik Gallery’s indigo get up.

Penge

It’s not often i get given a wall to trash. I love painting these groups of bags, but the content is often a hard sell. Very few wall owners want a permanent reminder of the weeks refuse painted on their wall, so a massive thank you to the Kacper Deli and the very patient Penge Barbers for letting me drop a special Penge pile Halfway up their High St. Walls and support as ever from @ldncallingblog


Kings cross

Asked to try the Market Road gallery bookable wall system out. Yep! It works.


Great portland street

When snow blasted London in early March, a group of about 160 homeless people moved into the disused 17.5 million pound ($24 million) eight-storey building in Great Portland Street, making it the biggest single shelter in the capital.

The occupation – due to end on Monday with a court ordering their eviction – has sparked a citywide debate involving London Mayor Sadiq Khan about the treatment of growing numbers of homeless people.

Sleeping on the streets – or rough sleeping – has risen in England for seven consecutive years, according to government figures, with more than 1,000 homeless in London and more than 4,100 nationally, a 134 percent jump since 2010..

The building developers started to board the windows on the bottom floor after complaints from tenants, effectively blacking out the communal kitchen, with evection looming i was asked to draw some attention to their plight.

Laos

Crazy weekend…yep i did say weekend to Laos! Birthday madness in Luang Prabang with Nam Khan Projects.

Liverpool

January visits up north with one man arts. Lots of fun dropping the kids around liverpool

liverpool echo

 

Moniker art fair and new print release

It’s been a busy summer and i’ve noticed i haven’t posted since Glastonbury…whoops.

I have a new print out this week to coincide with an installation i’ve made for Graffik gallery for the Moniker art fair which opens tonight the 5th of October and runs over the weekend. Drop in, it’s a great group of galleries from all over the world.

The new print is a reworking of Indigo dropping a smile onto one of the first Dotmasters series, it’s a new work tagging an old work. i did a small edition years ago to coincide with a show in London, since then indigo has traveled the world from America to Japan. i’ve been asked for the print too many times so back by popular command here she is.

She comes in 4 great colours  each an edition of 25, and was beautifully printed by Ben at Mesh silkscreens in Bristol.

Size | 35cm x 93cm
Method | 5 colour print screen
Paper | 375 gsm Lambeth cotton rag by Mesh Silk Screen.
Edition 25 of each colour-way, signed, blind stamped and numbered by artist
Colour-ways | Grey, Fluro orange, Silver and Gold
Price | £180 incl. p&p or £450 for the set

Available here

There’s loads of new stuff in the show so pop in and check it out, also dropping these new stickers during the weekend which will be available online from graffik and here in the shop.
Hopefully see you there.

Osaka

After a crazy week in Tokyo it was a quick dash on the Shinkansen (bullet train) down to meet old friends kenichi yamamura (ken) and Ben Eine and Massagon. It was a blur of paint drink and laughter in equal measure. Christ we got drunk! First off painted Malu the craziest hairdresser in Osaka, he has a full recording studio and VJ set up inside, working as he cuts hair…Thanks for the haircut!
malu
Then a quick stop at Banquet and great bar round the corner and a couple of small works dotted around while i sampled the joys of Japanese whisky.
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Ben, Ken and Massagon are dangerous guys to go out for an evening with, if it wasn’t for then i may have never found my way home. Waking up in the morning finding photos of things i didn’t remember…like painting people’s clothes in the street?
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The next day saw an early hungover start and some more rude kids on shutters at Kenmuri
bike
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Then a quick visit to the mayor..?..!..?
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Of course the evening turned out stranger than i can remember and on the last day in Osaka another wall and another bar…
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I love Osaka, mostly because of the people . Thank you so much Ken and massagon your amazing hosts, thanks for keeping us all safe and sound finding some great walls and great bars and restaurants. Great to spend some time with Ben and MC, see you both in London! It was a great 3 daze!

TOkYo

 

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Just back from Japan, i had a great time! First off a week in Tokyo with Gypsy eyes showing me around town, helping me find walls and the gallery Kawamatsu for a show on the 8th of October. I first visited Kawamatsu 4 years ago when i first had a show in Tokyo. The owner is a keen street art fan and had one of the only walls that you could paint legally in town. 4 years later i was exhibiting inside. Thanks to everyone who came, bought something and drank a little too much Asahi beer, it was a great night!
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photograph Yuki Loroi
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Finding walls to paint in Tokyo is tricky, Its a dense city with complicated wall ownership and a young appreciation of art on the street. However Gypsy eyes pulled it out of the bag with this stunning newly renovated cafe/bar soon to open called Kitsune (fox). A weird shape and full of windows with only the stencils i came with to work i think it worked. God knows it took us a couple of very long days to finish! Thanks to Taro who was an incredible help thorough out the week and to Murao who drove like a crazy man to get me around! Thanks all you made a fantastic visit!
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address of the cafe
inside
inside
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outside
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quick skateboard during the night.