The first artist to grace the new Bowery/Houston wall in NYC since it was re-done over the past months is none there than Ron English. The wall was first graced by Keith Haring in 1982, and since then we have seen Crash, How & Hosm, Cope, Swoon and many more street art and graffiti greats. If your in the city, head over to have a look and see all Ron’s greatest pieces collaged in with the popular “Tempertot” and his neon pink spray glow.
Recently a new wall went up outside of Low Brow Artique in Brooklyn, NYC by native Australian artist Damien Mitchell. This wall coincided with his solo exhibit at the gallery properly entitled “Tools of the Trade,” focusing on all of the tools graffiti writers and street artists needs to get the job done. We start outside with the simplicity of this giant cap taking shape then head inside to the exhibit. All of the pieces were done in black, white and grey tones which is especially nice.
German artist Hendrik Beikirch recently painted a new, mega portrait in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in less than two days which stops traffic daily. This piece portrays a barber from his portrait series in Morocco of traders in danger of extinction. You most likely have seen his monumental scale murals throughout the world and we are thrilled to have another in Brooklyn. We hope to see him more in the states throughout 2015. A bit of work in progress finishing up…
Our friends Cleon Peterson and the guys at The Jaunt are offering up their second collaborative print release today at 15.00 (UTC +1)
To bag yours, head over to The Jaunt site, they WILL sell out…
Henrik Haven recently took a trip to Ernest Zacharevic’s studio in Penang to snap some shots of him and Martin Whatson working on a new series of collaboration pieces for the Different Strokes group show.
Different strokes is a large group show curated by Giancarlo Petrucci (Graffiti Prints) in conjunction with Hin Bus Depot, which features new work by Ernest Zacharevic (Lithuania), Sandra Chevrier (Canada), Icy and Sot (Iran/NYC), Martin Whatson (Norway), Beejoir (UK), Alexface (Thailand), BON (Thailand), Snik (UK), Nafir (Iran), Sabek (Spain), Levalet (France), Roamcouch (Japan) and Gabriel Pitcher (UK) – more coverage of that coming soon!
Ben Tunbull is a British contemporary pop artist whose work is informed by Americana. Creating art from comic books into collages, satirical works based on children’s toys and objects, and hand carved pieces.
Turnbull’s work is self described as ‘Angry Pop’. – Raising questions of harsh truths whilst targeting difficult subjects. Associating characters and narratives from popular media the work reflects a more honest interpretation of American social/political themes.
Following on from ‘American History X – Volume 1- The Death Of America’ Turnbull’s hugely successful 2014 show, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is an undiluted take on the lone teen shooter phenomenon which has haunted the U.S for at least half a century.
Guns & weapons are beautifully and intricately hand carved into vintage school desks. The carvings and etchings are engrained in violence on bubble gum stained desktops taking us on an uneasy journey into the competitive nature of an American High School disease.
The immaculate design and hand crafted works employed in the show reveal hidden truths of U.S gun policies literally sunk into the graffiti strewn material. Tackling repetitive themes from the ‘Texas clock tower sniper’, up until the ‘Sandy Hook tragedy’, the exhibition highlights the horrendous reality and regularity of these shocking crimes.
On show at StolenSpace Gallery from 16 April.
Damo: Who is Unwell Bunny? Can you talk us through your distinctive style?
UB: Unwell Bunny is the artistic alter ego of Ed Bechervaise, and an energetic free flowing artistic philosophy which is always evolving. The style I’d describe as hyper subversive urban pop, its a fluid clash of borrowed images, graffiti, and emotional narrative. Its full of energy and iconography and is a commentary on the time we live in.
‘Spaceship of the Mind’ takes it’s title from the opening sequence of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, in which viewers are asked to imagine their minds floating above the earth, to be ready to see ourselves as if from the outside.
Dean Zeus Colman’s latest exhibition ‘PILLS’ opened recently at Prescription Art in Brighton.
Following on from recent ‘sweet art’ works, ‘Pills’ will consist of a wall of oversized ecstasy tablets, each with their own distinctive – and authentic – branding. ‘Pills’ explores how adults continue to eat branded sweets – however this time they are looking for a stronger rush than sugar.
Currently based in Sydney and Melbourne, Work-Shop is a creative concept that claims it will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. Their Sydney digs are also engulfed in some pretty dope art. We recently caught the 23rd Key stencil workshop, and whilst there ran into co-founder Chester. He spills the beans…..
Damo: What is Work-Shop?
Chester: Work-Shop is all about creativity and community. We run a really fun range of classes taught by a rock-star line up of Australia’s finest creative talent. You can learn anything from aerosol art and typography through to tattoo illustration and screen printing. Our aim is to help people unleash their inner awesome and give them skills to live a creatively enriched life.