“I’m a self taught urban artist, living in the SouthWest UK. I’ve always been creative and growing up in an urban area was exposed to street art from a very young age. Skating with friends in the city Of Plymouth, and listening to hip-hop; it seemed only natural for me to pick up a spraycan and mess around, but that’s really all it was – messing around. I’ve only really been creating artwork for just under 5 years now, I started off with a couple of stencils sprayed onto canvas posted them on Facebook and a gallery wanted 3 of them to hang at a Bristol Exhibition straight away, I was bowled over as it was my first ever few pieces id painted, And it’s snowballed from there. I could never have hoped for things to pick up as quickly as they have, it feels as though this life chose me and I now create a multitude of work in various styles and mediums from street and canvas, to three dimensional and Drawing.”
It’s hard to pin meaning on some of my work, of course I have my reasons for creating a piece to begin with, but I often find that the viewer’s response to piece, along my own reflections, together construct meanings within the work that perhaps id not thought of.
There’s obviously still alot of debate surrounding what i do; is it art or vandalism? I have done some street art without permission, and of course it’s a buzz, but I think its important to consider what it is you are painting, the location within which you are painting, and the people who are going to have to live with seeing the work on a daily basis. To make anything that would create a negative view of what I do would be pointless. I think events such as Upfest in Bristol, in which I took part earlier on in there last event, are really helping to show street art in a positive light. The hope is that in the long run street art will be valued as much as any other artform, and more opportunities to paint publically, and legally, will appear more and more.
I like to keep my style diverse and versatile, I also like to challenge myself by experimenting with new styles and new techniques, a process I find very exciting and useful in exploring my work from a critical point of view. As much as I appreciate and respect the work of other artists that have made a name for themselves within the scene, I take inspiration from the artists that surround me, collectives of artists I find online and in magazines, as well as from everyday life, friends photos and the imagery that surrounds me on a day to day basis. I find myself taking inspiration from varied sources, but I particularly like to work with stories, narratives, and imagery from within the mass media, film and music industry, often using subversion and humour in order to offer up a different perspective or challenge perceptions. I also enjoy experimenting with backgrounds and borders, the framing of an image within a piece is of real interest to me. I have recently been exploring the use of geometrical shapes juxtaposed with natural lines, as well as working on three dimensional elements within works.
I would say the main thing that has inspired me and made me determined to persevere with my art is being a part of the Arts Anonymous collective. There is nothing quite like finding a community of likeminded and creative people to bounce ideas off and share ideas and techniques. I honestly believe that, without that sort of supportive network, I would not be where I am today and being an artist would be a very lonely experience.
A couple of years ago when paul stone an Artist named My Dog Sighs visited Arts Anonymous he intruduced the idea of Free Art Friday to me. The ideas is that you create a piece of inexpensive artwork of any medium and then leave it out on the street for any passer by to keep and take home or pass on to a friend. I caught the bug for it straight away. I was doing Free Art Drops religously every Friday for over a year in teignmouth which was creating a buzz around town, And getting attention in local papers aswel as a lot of locals of all ages taking part which was great to see and kind of crazy having to duck and dive around the town so people wouldnt follow me for a piece of art. Im now currently in Dawlish leaving free art out and about and Dawlish very quickly caught the bug for it as a lot had seen it on social media sites online , The paper or by word of mouth which has been great. I think the idea of Free Art Friday is a great way of providing people who may not normally be able to afford to buy a piece of artwork with a way to start collecting, and become interested, in art. As I believe art is and should be for everyone of any age.