I was immensely proud of how the Battle Lines crew represented Peterborough at the Tamworth Urban Arts Festival over the weekend. I was joined on the boards by Battle Lines creator Cur5 and Battle Lines artists Process, Arran Macphail, Lee Mason, CurtisCreationz and making his street art debut was Simon Benton. Here are a selection of my favourite photos from the day.
Despite arriving to find out that someone else had already started painting on our boards this quickly turned into good news when I spotted it was RIP Smith and Kiwi (surprise). Always great to catch up with RIP even though I only understand about 50% of what he says due to him being proper northern.
Battle Lines Crew
Gotta say a big thanks to Vic and everyone who helped put on the jam, its the first time I've been and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here are some photos from the rest of the day.
Had a great day painting on giant records for the Pie & Vinyl Record Store Day Paint Jam. Keeping me company were Winniemmay, My Dog Sighs and M-one.
Big thanks to Pie & Vinyl for organising the event and Play Dead for inviting me down.
HAND PAINTED RECORDS AVAILABLE FROM PLAY DEAD
These three and three more are available exclusively from the Play Dead gallery in Southsea.
I painted a suitcase and it went on its travels. Here are the results.
These photos are from the owner of Take a Butchers gallery in Dusseldorf. Check out her photos and gallery on the following links.
Since being told I would be losing my old studio and the end of last year I've been on the lookout for a new place to art and as a result I moved into the Undercroft in Hampton. Its a fantastic space, large enough to grow and a little rough around the edges to suit the way I paint. Check out these photos from Viphotography.
Gotta say a huge thanks to everyone that supported the search from Metal for their advice to Simon at The Ostrich for his sheer willingness to find somewhere but especially Keely Mills for letting me take up residency at the Eastern Angles theatre space at The Undercroft.
The plan is to eventually hold a paint jam and some workshops and artist talks here so if that is something that floats your boat please get in touch using the button below.
At the moment the studio is open every Friday between 9 and 3 for you to take a look at the art on display, check out the apparel store or just hang out with coffee.
Over the last few months I've been producing a limited edition of 20 blue-eyed Stoners. The first set of 5 were released and sold on the preview night of In Quiet Desperation with the second set of 5 released on my website and selling out within 15 minutes. The final 10 will be available to email subscribers only so if you are after getting your hands on one then sign up for my email. It only takes a few seconds and is your last chance to get hold of a blue-eyed Stoner.
Only a few days left of the In Quiet Desperation show at Play Dead. Huge thanks to bombshell.style for these great photos.
Battle Lines IV was the first time for a team battle. It saw me partner up with Amanda Rigby while Process Smith joined forces with Arran Macphail. The Big Rig and I met up a few weeks before the event to discuss tactics and we decided to recreate a Christmas dinner scene with a twist. Some saw it as controversial but the Krampus worm was intended respectfully. What do you think, did we overstep the mark?
Battle Lines is always a great night out with music, food and art but this was special and as ever Tony Nero captured it all on camera which you can see on the slideshow below.
Its the last Friday of every month at The Ostrich if you fancy coming along. Search Battle Lines on Facebook and Instagram for more deets.
Saturday 20th January was the opening night of my latest solo show at Play Dead in Southsea, despite the post-Christmas blues and the threat of rain the preview was a huge success. I only managed to get the one photo of the crowd inside the gallery but little did I know that while I was taking this photo one of my favourite photographers was also pointing the lens at me. Can you spot him...and better still can you spot the photo he was taking further down this blog post?
As I was following the mighty Nomad Clan I felt I needed to do something different with the gallery so, expecting a flat "no chance Korp" I went to Samo (Play Dead guvnor) with my idea to paint half the gallery black and cover it with paste ups, not just a few but entire rows of paste ups everywhere. Not only did Samo agree he also organised for the wall to be painted black before I arrived to save me time. Its not every gallery owner that will work this closely with you to not only bring your ideas alive but help develop them as well.
So we are a few seconds away from opening, Samo puts the spot lights on in the gallery and notices the amazing shadows being cast by these strong directional lights and shouts out "how about we don't put the big lights on and just use the spots so we can keep the shadows, it works with the theme of the show" and sure as hell it did. The whole point of the show was playing with the dark and light side of human nature so we left the main lights off and it created a much less clinical atmosphere and a real sense of foreboding.
A massive thank you to Samo for letting me loose on the gallery and helping develop my idea and Handpoke Harry for painting the walls. Thank you to Donna for looking after me and asking awkward questions on live streams. Thank you to everyone that came out to the show and the art gang for always making me feel at home down in Southsea.
There is no shortage of brilliant photographers in Southsea including Andrew Whyte from Long Exposures who took these amazing shots. Those reflections are on point. Follow him on Twitter.
Matt shared with me some fantastic photos from my first show at Play Dead so I was intrigued to see what he came up with this time especially as I knew he was playing with film. You can check out his write up and blog here.
I'm very pleased to announce that my first solo show of 2018 will be held at Play Dead Gallery in Southsea. The show runs for 6 weeks beginning with a preview night on the 20th January.
In Quiet Desperation is the much anticipated follow up to the successful 2016 solo show will see me further explore the other side of our persona, the masks we wear and the places we go when we are alone. Bringing to the surface all the the things we suffer in quiet desperation.
I hope to see you there and would very much appreciate it if you could share the event to help spread the word.
Korp: In Quiet Desperation
20th January to 2nd March 2018
Preview Night 20th January 2018 7pm to 10pm
Play Dead Gallery
131 Highland Road, Southsea, PO4 9EY