Category Archives: Mixed Media

The Joker

If “Joker” can use the main character’s mental illness as a way of humanising him, and clearly establishes that his path to villainy is in no way connected to that illness, then it could ultimately play a positive role in our culture.

At the same time, even if “Joker” does plan on making Phoenix’s character sympathetic in his mental illness, it will be difficult to avoid at least sub-textually linking that illness to violence when the man who becomes one of the most infamous villains is branded that way. The danger being influential films like this leads to real-life stigmas that affect people with mental illness — and it’s one that really, really needs to go away.

Did you know some of the Dark Knight films were filmed Croydon?

Mixed Media Collage on canvas, spray paint, acrylic & ink £295.

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.

The 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.  Some of these pieces will be on display and available to buy at my debut show at Matthews Yard, from 3rd August 2018.

The story of the Native American is well understood and the complicity of US government and capitalism is at the root of this story of genocide.  From the early years of land theft and forcible resettlement to the ethnic wars of massacre and institutional racism to the current attacks on sacred land and continued apartheid.

The results of centuries of mistreatment has marginalised The Native American in their own lands without a Mandela figure to bring them into the light.

I have synthesised these wrongs using the symbol of nationhood, the head-dress which has been appropriated and defiled by capitalism and turned into advertising hoardings – whores to advertising the final ignominy for the native American people.

All the pieces are made up from American currency and packaging, even the skins are made from McDonalds bags.

Exhibition Pieces

Our month long residency at Matthews Yard Gallery in Croydon as part of the Living Free Art Collective starts tomorrow, 7th October until 1st November 2015.

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

Colourblind

£POA

Installation made from wood, lead, using x-rays retrieved from around the world (one from a friends sister in Poland) to represent everything to do with equality.

(Smaller three x-ray piece available in white or black frame)

Money, the route of all evil

£POA

Mixed media collage backed on US dollar covered wood.

The skull, representing evil, is a collage entirely made up of different currencies from Egyptian pounds to Disney dollars, leather wallets, old credit cards, financial times clippings, coins etc.

American Dream

£POA

Mixed media collage, using ink, spray paint and paint.

This collage is entirely made up of American packaging, money, Disney dollars etc. It’s an ironic look at what the Native Americans would essentially lose their land for.

Urban Fox

£POA

Mixed media collage on road sign.

I wanted to create an urban fox entirely made from rubbish and items I found while on my travels around Croydon. It’s been in the making for around a year, trying to find each perfect piece such as old rusty coke cans etc. Made on an old discarded road sign, spray painted white with a few of the original features left coming through.

The piece represents the way a fox improvises due to the environment, by foraging and scavenging.

Neon Skull

£POA

Graffiti inspired spray painted skull in presentation box

The Old Curiosity

£ SOLD

A portrait of my Uncle, created in ink, marker and splashes of paint for his awesome beard, all backed on pages from Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop

If you are interested in bespoke portraits of yourself our your loved ones, please contact me for details

Red October Collage

£500

Mixed media collage on canvas, spray paint and ink.

Red October Drawing

£POA

Ink and spray paint on glass.

Urban Fox

Urban Fox Collage – Mix Media on Road sign.

I wanted to create an Urban fox entirely made from rubbish and picked up items I found on my travels around Croydon. It’s been in the making for around a year trying to find each perfect piece such as old rusty coke cans.

This is made on an old road sign my dad found for me that I sprayed white with Montana Cans but with a few of the original sign left just coming through.
The piece represents the way a fox improvises to its environment using rubbish and it’s urban environment.

This will be on view in October in Matthews Yard Croydon in October for an exhibition for local artists. Why not come along and have a butchers…