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Wide Open Walls – An Art Safari

Busy busy yet again and as a result my bloggage hasn’t been getting the care and attention it needs, poor bloggage. Still got a load of photos I need to sort out and upload to my flickr, more video footage I need to put together and if you haven’t noticed already, my website has been given a total redesign thanks to rndm.net which STILL needs more content and general ‘stuff’ doing. I’m hoping to start selling some very limited quality prints of some of my photography as well as some very affordable doodles, but all in good time. For something else is happening right now that is priority number 1, Wide Open Walls.

If you’ve been following the blog or my Twitter for some time you’ll know about this already but if you don’t (and you should), in a weeks time I’m flying out to The Gambia to transform the village of Kubuneh with spray paint in the hope of encouraging tourism to help with the poverty problems that the people over their struggle with on a daily basis. I’ve been curating the project alongside organiser Lawrence Williams of the Makasutu Culture forest and managed to twist the arm of 7 other artists who are also on board and ready to paint over a 2 week period.

The artists are Eine, Logan Hicks, Lucy McLauchlan, Xenx, Mysterious Al and Broken Crow, need I say more? For more info and regular updates on the progress of the project PLEASE subscribe to the W.O.W blog and Facebook page and help spread the word about this incredible project. We really need everyones help on getting behind this so please tell your friends, spread the word and help the W.O.W project really get out there.

I’ll be updating this blog AND the W.O.W blog as often as I can whilst we’re out there to keep you all updated on how it’s going and include you as much as we can on the journey.

City Slickers and Lots of Stickers.

Finally back and rested after a weeks onslaught in a blistering hot Brooklyn. Much fun was had, many French Bulldogs bothered, lots of stickers stuck and what should have been a 2 man show was turned into a solo show at the last minute. Can’t complain with that!

Thanks to everyone who came to check out the new work and party down in the yard, hope you all had an awesome time. Thanks to Rae at Brooklynite Gallery for allowing the madness to continue, Seth and Nick from Pawn Works for their awesome stickers and most importantly thanks to my man Mark from Up The Arts for his usual assistance, hard graft and moral support.

I’ve decided to teach myself the art of shooting and editing video (in the build up to bigger things), and below is my first ever production. It’s just a quick movie full of test shots taken with my Nikon D90 while we were out there, then edited together in iMovie 09. Amazed at how simple it was to put together, wouldn’t mind having a crack at Final Cut next for a more solid finish.

I’ll be putting together a different cut at some point over the next week, focusing more on the show and the work. Here’s a few shots from the night taken by the gang at Brooklynite and Clay Williams from Examiner.com

Show Progress

Painting away in the yard at Brooklynite Gallery ready for the show opening this Saturday. Check out more photos as they get uploaded here.

Crazy Time

Once again, sorry for the lack of posts on this ‘ere blog thing. Been mental busy here in the Eel Cave with one thing or another. So here’s a quick round-up of what’s been going on. Firstly, thanks to everyone who bought my last print release last week, Not Everything Is So Black & White. 22 colours, nice.

I think we made a new personal best for me as both the normal and the hand finished editions were sold out within 10 minutes. I know there are a few people out there who weren’t happy with the performance of the website but it seemed to go pretty smoothly for most people. V4 of eelus.com is being worked on as we speak, in a secret hangar in the desert, under a giant tarpaulin. The new site will be built in HTML and will hopefully be much more stable and user friendly.

The 4th of September sees the opening of my next show ‘Paradise Lost’ at Brooklynite Gallery in NYC with fellow stencil head C215. To give you a taster of some of the work on offer, there is a new super limited, 7 colour screen print edition of my Firestarter image going on sale TODAY over at www.brooklynitegallery.com.

Firestarter. 7 colour screen print. Edition of 50.

Here’s a new piece from the show. Painted onto an old burned out bakers tin.

Paradise Lost. Spray paint on tin

Here’s a close up of one of the 200+ hand made invites I made using my Gocco PG-11 printer.

I’ll be flying out to NYC next week to set up the show and paint some big pieces outside so if you’re in the area on the 4th, come on by and say hello!

NYC show progress

My next show Paradise Lost, at Brooklynite Gallery in NYC, is approaching fast. Here’s a few ‘work in progress’ snaps from inside the studio.

Whitecross Street Party

Around 30 artists taking part, live painting, giant knitting, sunshine, DRINKS! If these are some of your favorite things you need to head to the Whitecross Street Party this weekend. Some of the artists include Paul Insect, Best Ever, Burning Candy, Mysterious Al, Shepard Fairey, Dr.D and Inkfestish, if that line-up doesn’t butter your muffin then I don’t know what will.

If you look skyward you’ll see this piece by me which will be available to buy and better still, 25% of all sales will be donated to SHP, a London charity that works with the homeless.

For more info go to www.wxstreetparty.co.uk
The party is on both 24th and 25th July with all the work staying up and around until the 5th of September

And the winner is…

So here we have it, the results of the Vader Project competition. The question was What’s one of my earliest memories as a snot nosed kid…’ 60 of you guessed the right answer, which was………C. Me being lifted out of my pushchair by Darth Vader when I was about 3 or 4. Although someone quite rightly commented on what I was still doing in a pushchair at the age of 4, which is a good point. I’m afraid I have no answer to that. Moving on…

Using an online random number generator to select 4 numbers between 1 and 60, the following numbers were chosen.

And those numbers match up to the 4 people below, so well done to you!

1. benoups.
2. spud.
3. fullproof.
4. Kes.

I’ll be dropping you 4 an email shortly and your signed copies of the awesome Vader Project book will be sent out asap. A big thanks to everyone who registered with the blog and took part. Will probably do more of this kind of thing from now on so if you didn’t get lucky this time, don’t get tear stains all down that nice new blouse you’ve got on, you’ll get another chance to put free stuff on ebay soon enough.

The Hades Shot.

An artists I’ve pretty much been in awe of for a very long time is Mr Jago. I’ve loved watching his style progress over the years and his latest piece, The Hades Shot, which I think is in the new Stolen Space group show in London, is absolutely beautiful. For me, a great piece of art has the power to stop you in your tracks and transport you instantly to another place; your senses become completely shut off to everything else going on around you and for that moment, it’s just the 2 of you, connecting, communicating.

Jago’s latest piece has that quality to it and I can’t stop looking at it. I even made a trip up to London today to get a proper look but stupidly didn’t realise that the gallery is closed Mondays. Idiot. So for now I shall just have to gaze into this decent sized image he very kindly emailed me until I can see it in the flesh and converse with it in person.

My sources tell me that Mr Jago himself will be going into The Bunker very soon, so watch this space.

Vader Project Competition.

A long time ago, in a galaxy…well, this galaxy, 100 artists were asked to customize 100 Darth Vader helmets. You can see the results via the links at the bottom of the previous post. If you’d like to get your sticky little fingers on a copy of the project catalogue, I’ve got 4 that I’ll sign and give away if you can answer the following question.

Q: What’s one of my earliest memories as a snot nosed kid…

A: Discovering I had the Force when I paralysed next door’s cat with mind bullets.
B: Coming home to find my house on fire and my aunt and uncle burned to a crisp.
C: Being lifted out of my pushchair by Darth Vader when I was about 3 or 4.

Just leave your answer, A,B or C as a comment to this post and in exactly 1 weeks time I’ll randomly select 4 winners who will get a signed copy of the catalogue.

Good luck!

Full Metal Vader.

Around 3 or 4 years ago I was lucky enough to be sent an exact replica Darth Vader helmet to customize along with around 100 other artists for what would become known as The Vader Project. After wearing it around the house for about a month I finally got to work on it and turned the grey unpainted helmet into this…

The helmets have been doing the rounds for a good while now but will finally go to auction in Philadelphia in the U.S. on July 10th. My piece was also featured on the Telegraph website a few days back…which was nice.

You can read the full article here.

The auction is being ran by Freemans Auction House and you can see full details of that here. Check out the Vader Project’s Flickr page here. View the full catalogue here, and order a copy of the catalogue to grace your bookshelf here.

If you’re too busy spunking money up the wall on other useless shit and you can’t bring yourself to part with your hard earned cash for a copy of the catalogue, I suggest you keep checking this blog over the next week if you’d like the chance to WIN a copy.