Does anyone out there remember an 80’s cartoon called ‘The Freedom Force’? They were a group of superheroes that included one called ‘Super-Samurai’ who was the muscle bound alter ego of a little Japanese lad. Well, after searching my brain for the answer as to where this picture came from that is the best I can muster for an answer. It was either that or this:
“This picture came about after I had the luxury of spending two days looking around the British museum sketching anything and everything i wanted and what a treasure trove they have there. After walking around the Japanese section of the museum I had a load of sketches mainly of samurai as their outfits were just amazing but also of some of the words and alphabet. I didn’t add any of that in to any of my drawings though as i just didn’t have a clue what they said.”
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Title: Super Samurai
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, and charcoal
We were invited up to Coventry on the weekend to do some spraypainting for the Herbert Museum as they are soon to do a street art prints exhibition. We only managed to come up with a design towards the middle of last week and so (as ever) didn’t exactly leave ouselves much time for the cutting and general preparation. The concept was fairly simple in that the model (me!) would be opening a carboard box marked ‘Herbert’ and a concentrated beam of light would be coming out of the box (which is meant to represent the contents of the Herbert) that would ‘blow your mind’ and turn into a multicoloured stencil explosion after passing through the prism of his mind. High concept indeed…
After an early Saturday start and a couple of hours drive the weather wasn’t great but was at least beginning to look up. Thankfully however we were working under a large gazebo-like tent so the few showers that did turn up didn’t even make us pause. After the boards were put together for us we set to work.
There were also a few other artists painting some boards as well including Pahnl, AsOne, Newso and Ame 72. All in all it was a great day out. We didn’t get to see all that much of Coventry and the little we did see I really quite liked. The ruins of the old cathedral (that were destroyed during the blitz) were particularly nice. On the downside thought there were bouncers outside a couple of the city centre pubs by 10.30am which i took to be something of a dubious sign…
We were the last to finish our picture but by the end of the day the weather was glorious and we had managed to gather a pretty reasonable crowd to watch us putting the final touches to it. After we had finished the guys from the Herbert said that our piece would be finding a new home inside the gallery – which is nice!
Big thanks to Dom and Jess from the Herbert for sorting everything out for us!
Title: Blow your mind
Media: Stencils and spraypaint
Size: 2.4m x 2.4m