Where have the natives all gone

Where have the natives all gone

I was commissioned to do a new piece for a new gallery/bar opening in September. Located in Southbank, I was taken by how the area has radically altered in the last 10 years. The dusty old streets are being replaced by shiny new skyscrapers and the usual crowd of branded coffee shops, ubiquitous retailers and supermarkets. Southbank has a proud tradition of working class residents, but over the years has been gentrified replaced by upper middle class.

I wanted to do a piece that questions gentrification of cities, not just London. 

'Where have all the natives gone' shows a faceless native (local) sitting on a horse as he is being forced off his land by the looming presence of big business and multi-story developments.

The burning building is symbolic our disregard for when things get old, also acknowledge the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, where the dispute of rich and poor, old and new took battle.

The piece will on show end of September at SAMA Southbank.

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When the Revolution Starts

When the Revolution Starts

Finished work on a new piece that has taken many iterations to get to here. I'm pleased with the result.

‘When the Revolution Starts’ was inspired by ‘Liberty Leading The People’ by Eugène Delacroix – a classical painting depicting the French Revolution. In the original the main character is bare breasted, stripped of her dignity, but defiant. All around her are corpses. The message is that she would rather die than give in. We live in a time when again people are taking to the streets. They seem defiant, angry. But would they really die for the cause? Or has protest become a new form of entertainment?

This was collaborative piece working with US artist Todd Kale who provided the beautiful sketched background.

The print will be on sale online soon. Please get in touch with me if you'd like more details.

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Rich Enough to be Batman - 24ct Gold edition

Rich Enough to be Batman - 24ct Gold edition

I'm excited about the release of my latest Rich Enough to be Batman - 24ct Gold series. This is an entirely new phase for the print. One of the biggest differences is the size which is 75 x 75cm (29.5 x 29.5in). Previous collections were A2 (42 x 59.4 cm / 16.5 x 23.4 in). Of course what make this print particularly special is the mask is 24 carat gold leafed.

Big thanks to Jealous gallery.
Photo credit: Bernie Dechant Photography

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Wired Italy cover

Wired Italy cover

It's quite an honour to have been commission by Wired magazine (Italy) to create artwork for a feature article, it's an even bigger honour to have my artwork (see Masks of Fear) appearing on the cover of the magazine.

The project coincides with a special guest feature article written by Nadia Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot.

Initially I was approached to create artwork of Nadia to appear along side the article, but then the request came to use my Masks of Fear series on the front cover (featuring Putin in a Pussy Riot mask and Trump in a Lucha Libre mask).

Below: commissioned artwork for feature article by Nadia Tolokonnikova – Pussy Riot

Wired Italy - Nadia Tolokonnikova

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Heath Kane vs BgA (the video)

Heath Kane vs BgA (the video)

Slightly hard to believe that my artwork appears multiple times behind K-Pop and YouTube sensation Ryan Higa (19m YouTube subscribers) in this BgA (Boys Generally Asian) video film clip - "Who's It Gonna Be".

The stylish flat was rented for the video clip which just happens to own a number of my neon pink prints. Somehow I think this will be the closest I ever get to being in a boy band! Thanks for the tip-off Mike Lin.
See video below (0:45 - 3:30) or click her for YouTube

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