SHOCK AND AWE

HALLIBURTON, BLACKWATER PRIVATE SECURITY FIRM and OIL are some of the key factors that devastated Iraq. In this piece I have decided to be quite bold with the branding of logos as opposed to the subtle approach that I may have taken in the past. I wanted the logos to have a ‘concrete block’ effect…Strong, Impenetrable, Robust..


MUTATE BRITAIN-ONE FOOT IN THE GROVE

I have begun working on a piece that I will be contributing to Mutate this december…
The show will be on right up until 22 december and I will be selling my full range of prints there.


BLACK AMERICA THE EXHIBITION

Image courtesy of Toby Ross-Southall

BLACK AMERICA the exhibition is to support THE ODYSSEY’s album which was launched at the roundhouse, camden. The exhibition was held in the basement of The Shoreditch Town Hall. The venue has dozens of run down nooks and crannys that made perfect for an event of art and music. On the night there was live music from various artists and allsorts of art installations scattered in dark corners.

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BLACK AMERICA music video filmed and edited by Toby Ross-Southall




Actors playing devasted/demented bankers who were struck hard by the credit crunch were scattered everywhere…




Piece on the right by a good friend Giorgio Bruni

BLACK AMERICA

coming soon…..

Flyer courtesy of Toby Ross-Southall

REPRESENT Art Workshop PICS

The art workshop was a nice evening, although the live painting was pretty minor as chit chat became more of the focus.



REPRESENT Art Workshop

Mark at Single Homeless Project and Matt are doing a screen-printing workshop in the gallery. Matt, George-Morton Clarke, David Walker, Dale Grimshaw and Myself will be doing live painting aswell.

Come down! there will be drinks and nibbles to keep u satisfied.

JONATHAN DARBY VS DAVID LE FLEMING

I really like the way David has intertwined his piece on top of my old piece, seemless.

TENZING close-ups



Vandalog>>Represent show at Blackall Studios



Represent show at Blackall Studios

You can view more images from the show courtesy of Ian [email protected] HERE

The last time I mentioned the Represent show was towards the start of October, so if you happened to forget about Thursday’s opening, I’ll forgive you. But if you’re in London and you don’t make it to Represent before the show closes November 11th update: the show has been extended and now closes November 20th, well I’m just not so sure.

Represent has been curated by Matt Small and it’s a show of portraiture. Matt is one of the artists and people that I most respect, so I was curious to see what this show would bring. You figure that a talented painter should be able to identify other talented artists. Well Matt definitely can.

The line up includes some names that I’m familiar with like Swoon, Best Ever, Elbow-toe and Case, but there were plenty of people I was either less familiar with or whose names I had never heard before like Peter Michael and Yuko Nasu.

While I can’t say that every painting was a winner, it the most refreshing show I’ve seen in London all year and maybe the best group show.


Of course, there were two original paintings form Matt Small in the show, including this one which is the first time i’ve seen him paint glasses

I like this piece by David Walker just enough to not call him on for using paint drips to look “street.” Sometimes drips make a painting look better. I would be curious though to see what this painting would be like without the drips, the girl could have more of that really cool metallic look which is sort of hinted at in this piece but overshadowe by drips.

This is one my all time favorite pieces by Swoon. It’s certainly in the top 5 pieces on wood that I’ve seen. I don’t have the cash or wall space for this, but I hope it finds a good home.



Okay so the name might be a bit presumptuous, but the duo Best Ever get better with every painting.

Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person in the world who realizes how amazing Case can be. This painting, Rosemary, is even better in the flesh. So many photo-realistic graffiti writers just end up making portraits of dead hip hop stars or doing commissions for Nike, but Case actually has an artistic mind behind his talents.

Represent is at Blackall Studios on Leonard Street, London and closes on November 11th update: the show has been extended and now closes November 20th. Get there while it’s still open! I may even go back for a second look.

All photos by Ian Cox

REPRESENT set UP