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The Ends Festival 2019

Summer 2019 was Croydon’s first Ends Festival where I was the resident artist & my work was scattered around the festival and either side of the main stage. The late Nipsey Hustle was supposed to perform at the festival along with Nas, Damian Marley, Wizkid, Burna Boy etc but was killed months before the festival.

I remember when Nip first burst on the scene many years ago when my cousin Jordan bought him to my attention. A unique style & outlook on life. “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighbourhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama said.

He saw hope. He saw a community that, even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to set an example for young people to follow — is a legacy worthy of celebration. I hold these same values for our Croydon.

I chose to paint his attire in purple (Red & Blue) to portray the peace between LA Blood & Crip Street gangs that Nipseys tragic passing inspired after decades of fighting.

I’m honoured to have been commissioned for this piece by the festival & this piece will be hand delivered to his family in LA by one of the festivals leaders as a gift.

Spray paint, Acrylic, posca & gold leaf on bespoke canvas.

Some images of the pieces of art commissioned & some of the people that enjoyed and shared the artwork.

Colourblind @ Matthews Yard: What’s Hanging?

I’m very excited for my debut solo exhibition, starting on 3rd August until 30th August, at Matthew’s Yard, Croydon.  Food and drink will be flowing from brgandbeer and there will be music from CroydonFM.

Below are details of the main pieces that will be hanging during my month’s residency at Matthews Yard.


Peace II ‎‫سلام‬ II

Peace II ‎‫سلام‬ II  – £595
Second piece on this subject,  Mixed Media collage, recycled paper, acrylic, spray paint, ink and gold leaf on framed canvas.‬

30 x Gold Leaf Hand Finished A3 Prints available at £15 each


Mino

Mino – £795
Mixed media collage on wood. Gold leaf, Acrylic, spray paint, oil paint, ink, paper and posca.

30 x Gold Leaf Hand Finished A3 Prints available at £15 each


‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ Series

‘You can’t sit with us’ is taken from the film Mean Girls where I have replaced the spoilt, narcissistic teenage characters such as Regina George from the film with some of the leaders of the world which have all changed since the original piece.  I have also included those suffering from these leaders’ decisions and policies.

10% of all sales of the series will be donated to the re-build charity, which helps integrate refugees of conflict and natural disasters into British society and supports the reconstruction  of their homelands.

You Cant Sit With Us II

You can’t sit with us II – £595 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Mix media collage of a child refugee on Financial Times paper also with recycled paper, spray paint, acrylic, water colour, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

You can’t sit with us III

You can’t sit with us III – £695 – 10% of sale going to re-build
The Trump Administration seeks to prevent refugees who pass through Mexico from receiving asylum in the United States. “No One Leaves Home Unless Home Is The Mouth Of A Shark”

Mix media collage of a Mexican refugee on Financial Times paper, Dollar bills, recycled paper, spray paint, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

Cant Sit With Us IV

You can’t sit with us IV – £595 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Mix media collage of a child refugee on Financial Times paper also with recycled paper, spray paint, acrylic, water colour, ink, posca, pencil & signed in gold leaf.

Cant-Sit-With-Us-V

You can’t sit with us V – £650 – 10% of sale going to re-build
Painting of a child refugee, signed in gold leaf on bespoke framed canvas


‘American Dream’ Series

The ‘American Dream’ pieces are an ongoing series on the theme of US corporate greed, cultural insensitivity and centuries of ethnic cleansing.

American Dream V

American Dream V – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.

American Dream IV

American Dream VI – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.

American Dream VII – £795
Collage made entirely of American currency and packaging even the skin is made from Recycled McDonald’s bags.


‘Just because we don’t say doesn’t mean we don’t see’

‘Just because we don’t say doesn’t mean we don’t see’ – £650
Mix Media collage on bespoke framed canvas.


‘Anti-Social Media’ Series

Facebook says “Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories”

Friends will celebrate by posting a picture or message and then completely ignore that person in the street. People will fabricate a false lifestyle to show the world how well they are doing or how happy they are but in truth this is just as mask for struggle, the fear of mediocrity or sadness.

This is a further step on the road to us all interacting with each other through a device actually controlled by multinational corporations while we go on believing that it is we that are in control.

Instagram and Facebook have caused endless amounts of pain and heartache through telling us how we should look, causing an explosion of vanity that forces people to care more about likes and follows than self worth, substance & love.

Facebook is used as a tool for bullying, grooming, spamming, spying, stalking, lying and so on. It kills relationships it creates doubt and social media in general causes the collapses of family’s and relationships which I have sadly witnessed several times to people close to me.

Anti-Social Media – £700
Spray paint, Gold leaf, Acrylic, ink, pencil, metal, recycled paper on surf board.


Choke

‘Choke’ – £795
Mix Media collage on canvas, recycled paper, Acrylic Paint, ink, spray paint, magic marker, posca and gold leaf.


Amanaki

‘Amanaki’ – £695
Mixed media collage on bespoke canvas. Spray paint, 24K gold leaf, acrylic, posca and ink.


Santan Dave

‘Santan Dave’ – £495 
Spray paint, silver leaf & gold leaf on bespoke canvas made from a reused wooden palette.


Love CR0

‘Love CR0’ – £250
One of three photo collage collaboration pieces I’ve made with the photographer Ross Andrews.

Multiply – Living Free x Creative Debuts

This Thursday 4th May 2017 sees the Living Free Collective once again working along side Creative Debuts, to bring an eclectic range of artists together in one place.

This time the Living Free family is multiplying. Collaborating with an exhibition entitled Multiply. The idea like last year’s show is to share the Living Free experience. Growth and empowerment are at the heart of the Living Free spirit, to enforce the idea of collective action. The heart of resistance is community. That is exactly what Living Free embodies.

Sip drinks from the bar. Take a break and snap yourself in the photo booth or simply enjoy the music provided by the Living Free DJ’s. Living Free will also be providing a more in-depth analysis of all the work with a tour around the gallery. A chance to ask the artists a questions or to simply quiz what you’re experiencing.

Visit us at the Black & White Building in Shoreditch from 7:00pm – 10.30pm.

For more information, please visit our events page.

 

WeWork Spitalfields

After a fantastically successful month long residency with the Creative Debuts team at Whitechapel Gallery’s Black & White building, my work is now being showcased at WeWork’s co-working office space in Spitalfields, one of their 11 spaces in London

WeWork provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small businesses across the globe.  

Here is a small gallery of what’s hanging at WeWork Spitalfields.

 

Creative Debuts: Thank You!

A massive thank you from myself and the whole Living Free collective to everyottne who has supported us in any way shape or form. This was only our second show ever!

It wouldn’t have been possible without the Creative Debuts team. They’ve been incredible throughout the whole process and we fully support their movement. All the hard work was warmly received, and as ever I have been overwhelmed by the positive response.

Below are some photos of the launch night captured by Jonathan Simpson.

The event is on until 2nd May and I have a lot more planned. So watch this space.

Creative Debuts: What’s hanging?

My second exhibition and month long residency at Whitechapel Gallery's Creative Debuts at the Black & White building  starts tomorrow, 7th April until 2nd May 2016.

Below are some of the key pieces available to purchase during the event, every one of them handmade, one-off originals, never to be recreated.

Click on the images for a closer look

One Race, Human Race 

Hand made mono prints, hand painted in Indian ink, gold leaf & spray paint 1/50 £14.95 or £24.95 backed and framed

Queen Bithiah 

Moses's adopted mother. Moses was a slave child who Bithiah (royalty) found in the river and adopted against the law and against the Pharos knowledge. Moses freed the slaves from the pharos and rule. If more people questioned things that are not right true world would be a better place.

Collage with Gold leaf, spray paint, metal, mirrors, Egyptian pounds, paper, Acrylic & Indian ink

Apartheid 

Mixed media reproduction of a South African woman.

Ink & spray paint, Laced with gold leaf and backed on South African Rand available for purchase.

 Donald Chump

I've portrayed trump as a nazi clown. Laced with newspaper clippings relevant to his bigoted views & dollars , disney dollars.

Finished in Molotow Headquarters black spray paint, Indian ink & acrylic paint. 

£250  SOLD

Worlds Apart

A new multimillion pound residential and commercial development Saffron Square and the UK's  Immigration Office in Croydon.

Metres away yet worlds apart.  

Spaceman Boris

The space man helmet is an ironic look at at the mans aspiration. 

Boris Johnson you either love him or you hate him. And this is looking at the aspirations of the man who causes much debate. You can see this piece as a positive or a negative.

You could say he puts too much focus on leaving a legacy and spending too much of London's money on projects like airports, stadiums etc. Whilst ignoring the real problems and poverty in London.   It's harder than ever to buy a property for young people whatever schemes are out there, pay does not reflect the cost of living in London for most. 

Or you could see it that he is a pioneer trying to create a more multicultural London and Create new exciting projects in London.

I'll let you decide.

Ink, spray paint, acrylic on canvas collage. Using an old tube map, metal, plastic & mirrors. Once again you cannot tell the quality of the piece unless you see it in the flesh.

Croydon’s biggest ever art launch

We take a retrospective look back at Croydon’s biggest ever art launch and exhibition. The Living Free Art Collective held their debut exhibition from the 6th of October to the 1st of November, with the launch party on the 7th of October.

The collective is made up of myself plus Hark1karan, Vega, Anjali Barot, Danny Sloff Hedges, Nahwand Jaff, Priya Barot, Lee Fairweather, Grace Humphreys and Leon Bartholomew. Support from associate members Oliver Sudden, Mike Lawse, Darren Christopher Randon, Michael Balamwezi, Joan and Brgr & Beer.

Overview, community and impact
The aim of the collective is to create passionate and meaningful art in various forms, to inspire, to share, to bring the community together, to be inclusive, and to create opportunities for local talent and beyond.
What stood out was the quality and diversity of the art, poetry, photography and film on show. The viewer was offered an array of expressions and messages. The artists freedom to create without compromise and come together is what makes the collective unique. The sense of humanity and honesty in all the work draws the viewer in. It’s also a statement of individuality and unity all at once.

The launch itself was a cultural celebration bringing together 350-400 people from Croydon, central London and many places beyond.

There was art, poetry, spoken word, photography, music, a film screening, a raffle, burgers and drinks. Much of the feedback has been that they didn’t know events like this took place in Croydon.

Others also highlighted the energy they felt at Matthews Yard that night. Many left inspired and proud. A common unity brought everyone together for a special occasion.

Our collaboration painting raised £121.50 for charity. All money goes to SEWAC to feed the homeless, elderly and vulnerable in Croydon.