Friday 13th November was the preview night for My Dog Sighs "Quiet Little Voices" exhibition at Play Dead in Southsea so what better reason to take a three hour drive down for lots of good company and great art.
Of course I couldn't take a trip to Southsea without dropping off some free art. The first was left on the seafront in what I think was the same location as one of my first ever Free Art Friday drops. The second was right outside the fantastic Play Dead art gallery and tattoo studio.
Play Dead is a fantastic new street art gallery and tattoo studio in Southsea run by artists Lex and Samo. You can find it on Highland Road, you wont be able to miss it because outside is a huge wall that gets painted by the exhibiting artist. Although its early days there is talk of me having an exhibition at Play Dead early next year, sign up to my email to make sure you don't miss the invite to the preview night. In the meantime check out what My Dog Sighs did for his Quiet Little Voices exhibition.
Stepping inside it is a perfectly formed space. A large window display for 3D works, clothing to buy from local artists and long wall for several pieces of art to be displayed. Moving towards the back you'll find the purchase desk full of stickers and badges and behind that the tattoo studio.
Although not my best 360 photo (there were a lot of people moving) the tour below gives you an idea of what the place looks like. Doesn't compare to actually visiting the place, saying hi to Lex and Samo and maybe making a little purchase to help support this brand new venue.
I finished this canvas a few months ago but never posted any photos of the finished piece because I wanted the commissioner to see it first. It was a giant canvas that I had to get specially made and it took me around 5 months to paint. Check out the work in progress shots below or scroll all the way down to the bottom to see the finished artwork.
Held at Little Johnny Russells in Southsea back in 2010, this was a small paint jam where I collaborated with My Dog Sighs one last time (mainly so we could use up all the paint we bought for Upfest). Back in the day I used to do the stencils.
These photos are from Matt Maber. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Behance. If anyone has any more photos from this event that I can share please get in touch.
Hand drawn stickers on the Monster Energy claw logo will be coming to the art store soon. Super rare.