With the media reporting that the conditions in the migrant and refugee camp in Calais , where about 4,000+ residents, including an increasing number of women and children, are living in conditions “far below any minimum standards for refugee camps” its hard to ignore calls that ask you to help. On friday night, I had just finished the ‘Biggest Toy in Toytown’ piece mentioned in the previous post when the phone rung. The Connor Brothers were calling to ask if i would help them build some shelters for some of the more vulnerable residents in the place they call the Jungle.
It’s not often you get asked to directly to make a difference in stories you hear about in the papers, so i said yes. We set off to France on the tunnel the next monday started work, money from a Connor Brothers charity print release had been sent before we arrived and lauberge des migrants had materials waiting for us. There are a core of volunteers that make sense of the sprawling squalor, it was hard to know who to help and where to start, but with help withing the camp (mostly David) we soon started making shelters for families.Here’s our first shelter and occupant family, Coptic Christians fleeing persecution in Eritrea, they asked me to put coptic crosses on the doors, proud of the faith that was in part responsible for their displacement. Luckily i had some old religious themed stencils Adam & God and angels from Sistine Madonna.
Day two brought very different problems, after a days had work on our second set of shelters, we were just packing up and walking back from the Eritrean area when fighting broke out between the migrants and the CRS, a back and forth antagonism between the two drew tear gas from the police and stones from the migrants on the road below the motorway. Twice as we tried to get into the vans we were tear gassed, wether it was at those throwing rocks or us opening foreign registration plated vehicles, it is hard to tell. Getting a face of gas with your eyes burning and streaming doesn’t make you very charitable to their motives. However we got out in the end safe and sound and returned the next day to build more dwellings for the folk who are forced to live in these dire conditions.
We made a difference to a small path in the camp, it will take months to get the most vulnerable the women and children housed for the winter with more turning up each day it’s hard to see an end to it. We will be back, having learnt some lessons in dealing with the terrain, people and materials it would sad not to make the next trip even more effective.
It’s been a lock down autumn preparing for shows in London this month and Miami the next. Plans for the show started in the spring, and over the last few months i got to know the gallery and area. Its a fun pop art gallery in the centre of Marylebone, I used to work in a sandwich cafe down the road when i first left school many years ago. Since then it’s become a well heeled W1 address, the Chiltern firehouse down the road a hot spot for London’s celebrity nightlife. It’s certainly a different location to the place i used to know.
With that in mind the title Trash n Cash seemed apt. Big bucks, black bags and swearing kids on found objects, neon and real hard cash. A list branded trash bags, backed by damask drapes and a theme of defaced currency very much a show for W1.
The show is open till the 29th of November, there’s a little something for everyone with a limited edition set of tee shirts, modelled below by Miss Sophie Hermann, with print details below
There are two prints as available
Rude kids 2 colour silk screen Edition of 29 on Arches rives 250gsm paper embossed and signed at £80 available here
Rolled gold (Tiffany) 10 colour silk screen edition of 40 on 375 gsm on Lambeth paper embossed and signed at £180 available here
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. 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.
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?
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.
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.
The red letters go up to R and they are blue from S to Z
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!
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…
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!
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
clues in the back garden
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!)
So…it’s taken some time and thought but i have come up with an idea for a treasure hunt. You will have to bear with me as it’s ended up a bit complicated but….the process is easy! There are two Mr potato head TOYZ to give away, so there will be two sets of clues. An east side set of clues and a West side set of clues.
The East side set of clues will be given here on www.dotmasters.co.uk and the west side will be given on www.facebook.com/dotmasters. Each clue will be bolstered with an instagram image to give you a clue.
At each place there is a clue there will be a DM Toyz logo and a 4 letter number that when in combination with the rest of the 4 clues numbers will produce a 16 number that can be entered into Google
I know sounds painful..but there is a prize.
So if your West side…. here is your first clue :
The first clue is in the back garden of the first gallery that hosted a solo Dotmasters Show. more clues to follow.
There is obviously a lot going on this week, the art world goes nuts in London, piggybacking on the fact that they’ve put up a large tent in regents park… (Before you get too excited it’s not a funfair…but a totally different kind of circus.) So to mark the occasion i’m doing a couple of shows on the same night. Of course this is Art we are talking about so i’m going to have to use that dreaded word ‘Juxtaposition’. There is one East and one West, each the antithesis of the areas they inhabit. “In the West corner weighing in at 655 pounds Lamberty’s Urban & Pop. A suave evening guaranteed, Champagne cocktails, elegant swag and some of the finest Dotmasters High Class Trash, 6pm-9pm Thursday 17th of October. And in the East corner weighing in at £4.50 The White Canvas project, a rooftop celebration of all things aerosol. A great line up, live painting, bar, Dj’s a proper old shindig where you will be able to buy my Mr Potato head Toy edition (unless you want to wait to see if you can find the ones i will street drop in my treasure hunt the week after). So if your Classy check out trash in the West or if your trashy check the show in the East and if your schizophrenic catch them both. Looks like it will be a busy night!