Caroline and I are headed to Chicago today. We’ll have a few days to explore, so any suggestions are appreciated. Here’s your links:
El Toro, Dave The Chimp, Invader, Flying Fortress, Mr. Penfold and others sent in stickers and other small artworks to This must be for you, who put all the work together into little folders and lift them as free gifts around London. Giving out free gifts unexpectedly to random people with no expectation of anything in return, sounds like fun to me (although of course very similar to Papergirl). Check out the video here.
Mr. Penfold had a show in Sydney late last year, and I’ll admit that it was hearing about that show that got me to have a look at what Mr. Penfold has recently been up to outdoors. Whatever the initial reason, I’m glad I had a look because it brightened up my day.
Last Friday I headed to the opening of Good Times Roll at High Roller Society. The gallery played host to a group show comprising of 39 artists, all with differing styles, using different mediums, and with varied influences and backgrounds. In fact it was rather refreshing and a highly interesting creative mix of people presenting their ultimate passion.
Tonight (29th June) sees the opening of Good Times Roll at High Roller Society. The show presents “an eclectic selection of 39 international artists for a salon style Summer Show that finally heats things up a bit this season. Ranging from the street to the studio, painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers hailing from Australia, Brazil, Portugal, USA and UK join forces to showcase their wares through their passion for different creative practices.”
Following the opening, the t-shirt and letterpress printing workshops with artwork by Rowdy, Sweet Toof & others will keep you going back for more. So check out the opening party tonight, add these following dates to your diary and let the good times roll.
Workshops (minimum donation of £3 per workshop):
T-Shirt Printing: with COPYEM12 –– 30th June and 1st July 1.00–5.00pm (both days)
Letterpress Printing : with Alex Booker –– 29th July 1.00–5.00pm
I have always been a fan of colourful character based street art. For me personally, there is only so much of the polar opposite, stencil art, I can take before I find it all merges into one large mess of overlapping ideas and style. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the use of stencils on the street, and there are a few artists that I really appreciate, Mobstr for one. But I rather enjoy seeing streets of brightly painted walls and shutters with a variety of characters and shapes popping out at me.
There seems to be a steady increase in the amount of artists painting in this style, one in which I feel the Burning Candy Crew recently promoted in the UK, but has been pushed by a variety of other artists including Malarky, Lucas, Ronzo, Billy, Sweet Toof, Paul Insect, Vinnie Nylon, and Mr. Penfold, among others.
My enjoyment of character based street art has been stirred this week by Pez, painting some nice pieces in the run up to his show at Tony’s Gallery, but also through Mr. Penfold’s exploits in Birmingham. I hope you enjoy them all as much I as do.
This weekend sees the opening of Berlin Bandits, a collection of paintings by Billy, Low Bros and Mr Penfold, at NeonChocolate. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the show, but here’s a reminder, with some sneak previews of the work, for all you lucky folk that can make the opening.
Mr Penfold has been rather busy recently. Firstly here are a couple of his new fantastic pieces in London.
And secondly, Mr Penfold and his fellow Berlin Bandits, Billy and Low Bros, are teaming up at the end of the month to put on an exhibition of paintings at NeonChocolate. So if you are in Berlin, or fancy a weekend break, then make sure you hit the city between October 29th and November 4th and check out the show. It should be (to quote Billy’s favourite word) RAD!
This post is a bit of a continuation from my previous one… Whilst up north last weekend, Mr Penfold, Mr Gauky, Low Bros and DXTR made the short trip across to Manchester to paint. Inspired by Ray Harryhausen and the 1981 film – Clash of the Titans, they collaborated on another rather nice piece.
First three photos by the Common Bar. Final photo by Matt Saunders.
Just over a month ago Billy departed London and headed east to Berlin on a bit of a jolly. It seems that since being there she has spend half her time painting, often collaborating with others, to rather good effect. Here are a few of her fantastic pieces…