I was back in my adopted hometown of Southsea on Saturday 9th February at the Spray for your Soul event. This was a small paint jam hosted by Staggering Good Brewery at their new bar the House of Rapture. This venue is amazing and I highly recommend you go visit. Set in the heart of an industrial estate from the outside it looks like any regular work unit until you spot the neon purple cross hanging above the door which is a small hint on what to expect when you go inside. The entire venue has been fitted with reclaimed materials from a church with pews for seating, full size stained glass windows throwing the warmest light across a smattering of Dinosaur heads and giant crosses. You have to see it to believe it, hats off to the owners for doing such an amazing job and being such gracious hosts. Also big thanks to Samo at Play Dead for inviting me along to paint with him, M-One, Winniemmay and Syrup.
Check out the photos courtesy of Make Light Work and if you like what you see all the artists Insta links are down the bottom.
As you can see the venue was dark with just a small heater above me providing my only source of light. This added to the mood of the place but presented a challenge for an artist painting a mural. Luckily I had Mike on hand from Make Light Work who kindly set up a battery powered LED light to help me see what I was doing. So cool that some people just have these things lying in their car.
Although you might not be able to tell from the photo I was pretty happy with how my piece looked. The geometric pattern in the background looked good in different shades of grey and the custom korpworm, now know as korposaurus, popped out nicely. All done with stencils and spray paints.
Light Red Badges
Grab 4 brand new 25mm button badges from Korp based on the Corona t-shirt design.
These designs feature a masked Korpworm, the Blackworm and the Korp Signature with the Corona crown.
All stored in a custom pillow box making it a perfect gift.
Please be aware the badges are a slightly lighter red than in the photo.
Will be sent 2nd Class.
Doodle With Korp Snapback Cap
The Doodle With Korp caps are here!
These top quality premium branded black snapbacks from Yupoong have been custom embroidered with the Doodle With Korp logo. Made from 20% wool and 80% acrylic, and come with the black underpeak panel.
This is a brand new design featuring the Earlyworm printed in white on the back of the t-shirt.
Garment details: Gildan heavy t-shirt with white screen print for maximum impact. Size Chest (to fit):
S - 34/36" // M - 38/40" // L - 42/44" // XL - 46/48" // XXL - 50/52".
Images are mock ups and just a representation of the finished article.
This brand new design has a halftone finish to get a little shading in there while just using white ink on a black t-shirt. The solid white border is a nod back to my drawing style and really makes the character pop.
Garment details: Gildan softstyle t-shirt with white screen print for maximum impact. Size Chest (to fit):
S - 34/36"
M - 38/40"
L - 42/44"
XL - 46/48"
2XL - 50/52"
3XL - 54/56"
4XL - 58/60"
Images are mock ups and just a representation of the finished article. These t-shirts will be posted out at the end of October.
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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 was sent this photo of my wall at Play Dead in the snow by My Dog Sighs and it made me think the only reason its not been painted over yet is because of the cold weather. Especially as technically my show ended a couple of weeks ago.
One of the smartest decisions Samo (gallery owner) made was to let every artist that exhibits at Play Dead paint the wall so over the years it has seen some amazing pieces on there and everyone knows its temporary. When youre painting the wall there is a buzz of excitement from passers by who feel lucky to catch the wall being transformed. Its also big enough to cath the eye of local traffic enticing you in to the gallery for a closer look. In my opinion every gallery should have a wall like this.
Only a few days left of the In Quiet Desperation show at Play Dead. Huge thanks to bombshell.style for these great photos.
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
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.
Head of cutting out and colouring in at Korporate Industries.