Huge thanks to everyone that supported th campaign for the Margeworm t-shirt. They have all now been delivered and I'm looking at my next t-shirt campaign. If you are interested in getting involved with the next campaign sign up to my newsletter.
By popular demand Doodle Club is back for the autumn. 2 hour home educator sessions during term time and 1 hour half term sessions are available to book now.
Huge thanks to Andy and Angela for organising the Cheltenham Paint Festival and doing such a great job of running it. Also big ups to all the volunteers who supported the event especially Dan who was artist liaison at my venue the 2 Pigs. This was the second year I'd painted at the 2 Pigs so I was keen to do something different, hope you like it.
I really enjoyed painting this geometric pattern and I'm keen to do more so if you have a wall you want to blow some cash on give me a shout.
Always love it when a wall is the back drop for a band or a DJ.
This years 2 Pigs crew was Raffaella Bertolini, Tommy Fiendish, Jimmer Willmott, Wolf Skull Jack and RTC with a late visit from My Dog Sighs who, I think, painted at every venue and witnessed every fight in Cheltenham over the weekend.
Here is a recent commissioned mural at The Ostrich in Peterborough. If you haven't heard of the place it has quickly turned into a hub for street artists with regular exhibitions and art battles. I was very pleased to take a couple of walls and create Korps corner.
The lyrics on the wall are from a band that has played at The Ostrich called The Malingerers. I chose this song because it has such a powerful first verse.
As I was finishing off the uber talented Pigeon La Rue was in setting up her solo show and what an amazing combination her framed pieces and my wall made together.
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Check out what happened when I let 10 kids loose on my car with Posca pens.
Had so much fun we're gonna do it again. Check out Doodle Car Club my joint venture with BLCKTIDES where we plan to encourage the world to draw on cars in the name of doodling.
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The Margeworm paste ups were so popular at Upfest I decided to run a t-shirt campaign. The catch is I need to sell 20 t-shirts before the 9th September in order to go to print. If I don't sell 20 then everyone gets a refund.
What are you waiting for, support the campaign here.
I worked with 2 great friends this year in Winniemmay and Process. Despite the wind we had a great time painting a large board at Ashton Gate Stadium. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture and the only one I can find is just a detail shot of my section.
I did have fun with the paste ups as well and unlike my main board there are a tonne of photos of Margeworm on the internet. Here are some favourites I've stolen.
If you like the Margeworm piece you can buy the t-shirt at my shop. Just be aware there is a catch, if I sell 20 before the 9th September we go to print. If not its refunds all round.
For three weekends in a row I hosted the Undercroft Paint Jam at my art studio in Peterborough. It was invitation only event with the great and good turning up to paint on the big wall in my studio. Massive thanks to all the artists that came to paint, I owe you all including Chris for the amazing photos. Also thanks to Snacks by AJ, Mama Korp and Mrs Korp for sorting out food for everyone. Finally you volunteers and technicians, I really appreciate you all coming to help out and making it such a great few weekends.
All photos courtesy of Chris Rowell.
Weekend 1 saw That Bloke Wilson and Jason Duckmanton tackle some 4ft square boards and Pigeon La Rue working on some smaller pieces. We also had Lee Mason on virtual reality sculpting while Process and Cur5 tackled the big wall.
First we had Guts come over to paint on the Friday and then for Weekend 2 we were invaded from artists from outside of Peterborough with Id-iom, Bunny and Curtis Creationz coming from London, Decay from Bristol and Nol from Holland painting alongside Peterboroughs finest Nyces and new boy Mr Steels.
The last weekend of paint jams and we had Nyces and Cur5 back with Quiet British Accent, Winniemmay, Arran Macphail and Trudy Dean.
If you want to see more photos from the paint jams visit the Flickr page of Chris Rowell. Here are just a few of my favourite photos.
The first of three live art events happened over the weekend in Hampton, Peterborough. We had That Bloke Wilson, Jason Duckmanton, Pigeon La Rue, Process and Cur5 all painting live on the day with Lee Mason supplying virtual reality sculpting sessions.
We do it all again this Saturday with 8 new artists so come down to The Undercroft this Saturday to take in this rare opportunity to see street artists painting live throughout the day.
As well as live art there will also be a gallery and the opportunity to book virtual reality sculpting sessions. Free entry is at the back of Serpentine Green Shopping Centre.
Huge thanks to V_IPhotography for the photos.
I've always found the Black Dog books interesting. I first read “I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression” and then quickly followed that up with “Living with a Black Dog”. Both books are a simple take on a complex issue and resonated with me instantly because I liked the concept of the black dog being the ever changing manifestation of depression, always there in one form or another the same way a loyal dog never leaves your side. Since that time I've been hiding my own personal metaphor for the black dog into my art in the form of a Black tear drop flying upwards.
After a while it became clear that I needed to develop this new addition to my work and the black tear drop slowly began to grow eyes, arms and even horns making it a lot more malevolent and, for me, a more accurate symbol too. It quickly became known as the blackworm and featured heavily in my solo show at Play Dead in 2016. Not only was it more prominent in the background it was also the main character in some pieces. On the opening night of the show several people spoke to me about the blackworm and I was surprised at how accurate their interpretations were as at the time it wasn't common knowledge what it stood for. I knew from that day onwards that the blackworm needed to stay.
At the end of 2017 I was preparing for my “In Quiet Desperation" solo show and was thinking about how the name Blackworm suggested something quite small and easy to control. I needed to add some scale so I did this by incorporating a silhouette of a man with the new larger blackworm towering over him menacingly. I also developed the character which now, in my mind, began to resemble a silver back gorilla with strong forearms and dragged knuckles leaning over the silhouette with quiet authority and ready to deliver a powerful unprompted strike at any time.
I've always enjoyed adding ambiguity to my artwork, allowing you to see different things depending on your perspective, so to see that an inverted version of my latest design looked like an angry dog neatly took my Blackworm journey full circle to the original inspiration of the Black Dog books.
My current Merch T campaign to get these t-shirts printed ends on the 28th June so order yours now before time runs out!! Prices start at just £13.
See more of the Blackworm here!