I love stencil art that pushes the boundaries and that is exactly what you get with the current collection of work on display at the Play Dead gallery by finger ninja M-One. The title of the show is "Look Back Move Forward" which refers to the fact that you do not (should not) need to reinvent yourself completely in order to develop as an artist. For this show what M-One has done is take several of his past stencils and give them a new lease of life. So you'll still see the cars and vans daubed in graffiti and the birds with their delicately cut feathers but there is added depth and maturity to this body of work. What appears to be a random stroke of a spray can or ink splatter is actually perfectly controlled to add to the overall composition and his ability to create layers of drips within drips leaves me full of envy. His colour choice is on point with the traditional mix of peacock and kingfisher blues with an orange or yellow accent but for me the exciting part is how the striking red on the albino peacock takes over in what I view as a potential farewell to the trusted blue colour palette. Only time will tell.
M-One once again shows his human side by not only inviting young art enthusiast Maddox Deavin-Lee to exhibit alongside him but he also held a sealed bids auction which resulted in £400 being donated to a local foodback. If you haven't seen it already I suggest you take a look in the Play Dead gallery in Southsea or follow the great work from M-One on either Instagram or Facebook. Hope you enjoy the gallery below.
I'm a stencil artist at heart but previous limits on my time meant that the protracted aspect of hand cutting stencils took a back seat. However I made an exception for the Play Dead show and put in the hours to produce a stencil piece of a Robin Williams photo, not only was it a great image it also linked seamlessly into the theme of the show being about hidden mental illness.
I'm both pleased and saddened to have recently sold this piece but I know the buyer well so I'll be dropping round to stare in those eyes from time to time.
After a long wait button badges are back by popular demand. This new set of four includes two Blackworms, a Korpworm and a Team Korp badge. Get yours here while stocks last.
To mark World Mental Health Day I'm releasing these brand new A4 posters of my own personal metaphor for mental illness, the Blackworm. There is no charge so feel free to print and use them as you wish. I'm really interested to see whether you frame it, paste it up or just use it as a wallpaper on your phone so let me know by tagging me on Instagram or Twitter using @korporate
Battle Lines is where two artists compete against each other over 90 minutes only using black markers on a white board with the crowd and judge deciding who wins at the end. Usually I don't like adding a competitive element to art as it is completely subjective but I knew I'd be painting alongside my long time compadre Process Smith so I thought it would be fun to do. With no idea what I was going to draw I turned up at The Ostrich Inn with a bag full of Poscas. It was really well attended and had music from Mista Crowe and food from Resist Vegan Kitchen which made for a really busy and entertaining night.
Its not important who won the event :) however I was really pleased that my artwork sold on the night to a member of the crowd who had a Korpworm tattooed on his leg. Check the photos below to see.
PHOTOS FROM TONY NERO
PHOTOS FROM KIRK CHAPMAN
Massive thanks go out to Prin for organising the event and Simon for letting us take over the venue. Hats off to Process for doing a great job on the other board and a final big thank you to everyone who turned up to support me, as always your support is greatly appreciated.
Next event is scheduled for 27th October, click here to confirm your attendance through Facebook.
Just framed and titled "Lonely" but not in a bad way. Sometimes a bit of time to yourself is exactly what you need. Become a patron to get a 38% discount on this artwork but be quick before it sells.
Originally painted for the Play Dead show last year as a statement about the nerves and anxiety I was having leading up to the solo show there. This piece has been kept with me every since but I have now decided to make it available for anyone who has ever felt out of place.