Here is a real treat from the archives. Its a short but wonderful timelapse of a wall I painted at the Green Backyard a few years ago. Video courtesy of WilburforceUK.
All this time later the wall is still there and being used. Looks a bit worse for wear but wouldn't you if you'd been left outside in the elements for a few years. Photo courtesy of Tony Nero.
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.
The Thom Yorke stencils are back. I originally cut these years ago when I was first starting out as a stencil artist but after buying some vintage song sheets I decided to cut it again.
Quickly sharing some of my old stencil art that you may not have seen.
You could only get one of these if you were an existing Korp customer
These photos came up on my Facebook feed today, they are from a free art event in Gloucester last year as part of the Gloucester Paint Jam.
In 2013 I was invited down to Southsea for Head Jam. Check out the video.
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.