As i’m sure we all know by now the path of true love never does run smooth. And today’s piece is something of a homage to that somewhat disturbing truism. In fact, today’s piece is largely about a love that has run it’s course and is now somewhat moribund. This is evident in the blue letters within the piece. I’m sure you can work it out.
Title: I love it here
Materials: Screen print, spray paint, stencils and paint pen
Size: A3 watercolour paper
With rain a distant memory and sunshine predicted it was time to get out of the house to get some painting done. A few calls later and we’re on our way up to Bethnal Green to do our thing on a wall next to Deep Sea car wash. It just so happened that I was painting a canvas which had a water based theme when we got this wall and so it felt like fate. We would do a bigger version along the same lines as the canvas. So far so good.
The wall was some old school brick that hadn’t seen a lick of paint in it’s entire life and was quite dusty so it was massively thirsty for paint but other than that it was pretty much plain sailing. Some appreciative local bobbies even popped by in their fancy interceptor car but once i’d given them the old ‘these aren’t the artists you’re looking for’ line they passed by without another word. Apparently they were called by a concerned member of the public who thought we were committing an act of criminal damage. As if! Cheeky tinkers.
Anyway we thought we’d celebrate diversity and the majesty of the female form in all it’s glorious variety with this one. So rather than a waif-like supermodel we’ve gone for a slightly larger boned lady with this one. She does, in fact, look a bit like an American tourist with her Hawaiian shirt on but rest assured she’s just trying to blend in whilst finding the secret of the oversized koi carp that are swimming around her. My favourite touch was the chain (which was already fixed to the wall for some unknown reason) and the anchor which we added after finding some suitable hook like things to hand the chain off. A big thanks to Dan and Nelly for help finding the wall.
Through a friend who had one of our pieces we were asked to do a commission for a professional footballer. After filling out our patented questionnaire (to be found under ‘downloads’ on our website) and getting it back to us we set to work. After many a false start and designs that we couldn’t agree on we came up with the idea for ‘No Loitering’.
As ‘loiter’ was one of his favourite words we thought we could use that along with a couple of other points which were brought up in the questionnaire to create something brand spanking new for him. As ever, the most nerve-racking part is just when you are about to unveil it but fortunately this seemed to go down just fine (as i have now become something of an expert in trying to decipher people’s faces when you present them with their unseen commission!)
Anyway , the end result can be seen below…
Title: No Loitering
Media: Hand cut stencils, spraypaint, acrylic, glitter and paint pen