December 19th, 2011
Banksy’ Cardinal Sin

banksy sculpture design

Banksy has given the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool an early Christmas present of a new sculpture. The piece titled Cardinal Sin is a comment on the scandals that hit the Church along with the subsequent cover–ups.

Banksy had sawn off the face of an 18th Century replica stone bust and replaced it with bathroom tiles, in order to replicate the pixilation newspapers use to protect identities.

“It’s a huge coup and we are sure his work will spark a reaction with visitors.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.

Banksy requested that the piece be put on display alongside the art galleries period collection.

Via the Guardian website.

We have posted more about Banksy here.

 

July 20th, 2011
Totem Love at Zellig!

graphic art at zellig in the Custard Factory

We are really looking forward to the Character Totem homecoming show tomorrow night (27th of July 2011) in Zellig at the Custard Factory. We got to have a quick look yesterday morning before set up was finished and it is already looking great! We have never seen so much colour in one exhibition.

It promises to be a great night with live music, live drawing, stalls and beer! What more can you ask for?

The show itself is brought to us by Inkygoodness, after a successful trip to Berlin, they wanted to bring it home. The Inkygoodness mission is to showcase new and emerging talent in illustration, character design and lowbrow art. They have been organising shows since 2008, having a number of events across the UK. Most recently Berlin; debuting their first international exhibition as part of the Pictoplasma Character Walk earlier this year.

Tomorrow night will also be the launch of Issue 7 of AMMO magazine. So make sure you come down, join in and have a drink!

Check out more from Inkygoodness on their website: http://inkygoodness.com

 

May 12th, 2011
D*Face. Graphic painting

A great time-lapse video of D*Face creating a mural for his recent ‘Going Nowhere Fast’ exhibition.

Found via the website: http://alwaysreadthesmallprint.com

 

April 19th, 2011
Robo-Rainbow.

We just love this video by Mudlevel.

Check out more of his videos on the Vimeo channel here: http://vimeo.com/mudlevel

Found via the website: http://www.syntheastwood.com/

 

April 15th, 2011
TrustoCorp.

We really like these subversive road signs and branding projects coming from TrustoCorp. Great graphic style and really creative outcomes. Although not much is known about TrustoCorp, we do know he/she/they are based in New York. They are “dedicated to highlighting the hyporcrisy and hilarity of human behaviour through sarcasm and satire.” TrustoCorp also place their rebranded goods in to stores under the noses of their unsuspecting proprietors.

Check out the website.

 

April 12th, 2011
We like our branding

We like our branding, we like our stripeyhorses, we like our zebras and we love these images! As we said before we like to MIX IT UP.

These images are from the C.A.V.E Gallery. Found via the website: http://www.woostercollective.com

 

April 1st, 2011
Eine. Graphic Art

We love these images. Eine creates huge graphic pieces, his use of typography and bright colours really set him apart from other graphic street artists. He is one of the hardest working and most prolific street artists working today. One of his recent works VANDALISM, poses the brilliant question which Local Councils up and down the country are asking, should this work stay up? Has any of his work been done in Birmingham?

Via the website: http://verynearlyalmost.com/

To buy some of his work visit the website: http://www.nellyduff.com

 

March 10th, 2011
More great work from JR.

We have posted about the design work by JR before. We really like the images he creates, he has got a really great style.

Found via the website: http://www.woostercollective.com

 

February 9th, 2011
Shepard Fairey – Obey to be Better!

Shepard Fairey – Obey to be Better! from Gestalten on Vimeo.

Interesting video from Gestalten. Shepard Fairey discusses his work, the Barack Obama poster he created, the importance of creative freedom and copyright law.

Found via the website: http://curiositycounts.com

 

January 21st, 2011
Can Banksy Die?

Really interesting article on Vandalog about the death of Banksy. It would be unrealistic to think Banksy paints all his own art - he just would not have the time, and a big piece would need more than one person to complete. Vandalog goes on to say Banksy even hired sign painters in New York in 2008 to paint rats. So many artists have assistance in creating their work. Some artists complete work already partially created by the artist, while others create whole new pieces for the artist to simply sign. Just look at Andy Warhol and The Factory, where Warhol had teams of people producing his screen prints. It’s reported that Warhol did not even sign many of his pieces, instead an assistant signed them.

Does the use of staff take away from the artwork? Is a piece of art considered less valuable when it’s found to be that of an assistant rather than the artist? Is it the artist who comes up with the concept, or the person who executes it? Some very interesting questions, and by looking at design studios can we answer it? A design agency is made up of many people, but the output will always have the agencies name on it, rather than the individuals who created it. But then a design agency is a brand, and can live on after the founders leave. Has Banksy become a brand? Vandalog goes on to say ”The Banksy brand can continue to create artwork indefinitely with or without the original man behind the name”.

To read the full article head over to the Vandalog website: http://blog.vandalog.com/2011/01/the-death-of-banksy/

 

January 4th, 2011
Art of Nothingness.

Magic Colorz from BERLIN GRAFFITI on Vimeo.

Uploaded by Berlin Graffiti this video is entitled the Art of Nothingness. An army of known graffiti writers scale walls, take train yards and tag police cars with imaginary spraypaint. Very interesting to see the reactions of the general public towards them.

 

November 22nd, 2010
ROA. Street Artist and Designer.

ROA is a graphic artist from Belgium. I have been a fan of his graphic work for a while. He has a very distinct style, all his works feature animals. He paints a lot of rabbits.

‘Ghent is small, certainly in European terms and the average American would think of it as more of a village than a town. Yet in the town there has always been encouragement for those who wish to express themselves artistically. There is a small but influential artistic community there and it is seen as a breeding group for new artists. A good word to describe the city as a whole is mellow.’ From the website Kuriositas, I have posted about ROAs work on this blog before here: http://stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2010/11/1988/

 

November 15th, 2010
Up There. Advertising

A very interesting video by Jon. He wrote this documentary along with his friends Malcolm and Christine, as part of The Ritual Project sponsored by Stella Artois. It follows, and tells the story of advertising hand painters in big cities. This is definitely a craft which is disappearing over time due to new printing techniques. Whis I think is a real pity. I do not understand why advertisers do not use hand painted posters anymore. I believe, as the hand painted adverts take so long to create, everyone can appreciate them being there. I believe they become part of the culture and heart of a particular city, or district within a city. When these graphics become part of the city people do not want to see them go or being repainted over.

A recent post on Vandalog, a blog for graphic street artists hit on a similar point. “As most of you may know, one of Roa‘s beloved works in East London is facing removal after the owners of the building were told they have 14 days to remove it or the Council will. The whole ordeal is a bit ridiculous, since the Hackney Council is calling the piece a “blight on the environment”even though the owners the building gave the artist permission to paint int he first place. An online petition is going on to save the work and pretty much tell the Council to back off. ”

Although both forms of graphics are different it still highlights the fact that the people where these graphics have been painted do get attached to them. And the public would be sad to see them disappear. I for one would love to see more advertising and painting like this around Birmingham.

Check out the Vandalog website here http://blog.vandalog.com/

Video found via the website Advertisers Anonymous

 

October 27th, 2010
A LOVE LETTER TO SYRACUSE. typography design.

This is a really nice short. This film is about Steven Powers a sign writer, designer and artist. As part of the Near Westside Initiative, Powers was asked to revitalise the community. The projects brightens up what people are now considering a run down part of town. Where the train serviced all the factories, it now only runs once or twice a day. Powers designed and hand painted letter-forms and typography along these bridges, it became a way of breaking barriers, and bridging two different communities.

This really is a collaborative project between a lot of people to bring a community together again. I recently seen a similar project in Dublin, now I would love to see huge type in Birmingham.

via web site: http://www.alwaysreadthesmallprint.com/welcome/

 

October 21st, 2010
J.R is the 2011 TED prize winner

J.R is the 2011 winner of the TED prize.

Having seen and posted about his work before I can see why J.R is the 2011 TED prize winner. He is an anonymous photographer and artist from Paris, and much like Banksy his work is filled with meaning. His work features the faces and life of local people in small villages and neighbourhoods across the world. He then posts these photographs very large scale around these villages, on their buildings and transport systems.

Being a Guerrilla artist he remains under the radar of the authorities. A lot of his art and designs are posted in places where the local people do not have access to art galleries. Bringing creativity and art to their neighbourhood. I would love to see some of his work closer to home, in and around Birmingham!

Check out the video and a talk with J.R on the TED web site here http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/

 

October 6th, 2010
we need this in birmingham.

Really BIG, bright and beautiful graffiti design. I would love to see some birmingham designers or artists doing this kind of stuff on the main street in Birmingham! Talk about brightening up the daily commute. Really nice, bright and creative.

Found via the website http://www.woostercollective.com

 

September 13th, 2010
poster boy

In February an advertising agency gave Posterboy permission to do his stuff in the MoMA branded subway station. Apparently they had not got permission to do this and were fired by MoMA their client.

(via http://kskill.tumblr.com/ and http://urbanprankster.com/)

 

August 15th, 2010
they are us

Some really nice pieces of typography has made it onto the streets of Dublin in the past couple of weeks.

The project is a collaboration between singer and song writer Damian Dempsey and graffiti artist Maser. Check out more here.

 

August 13th, 2010
kidrobot

Some really nice animated graffiti. Love the geometric triangles! Check out the animated versions here: http://kronikle.kidrobot.com

 

July 5th, 2010
BIG BAG BIG BOOM!

A film by BluBlu a animation graffiti artist. It takes a look at how life began and how it will probably end. I cant even imagine how long this 10minute piece took to create.