Guest Artists

Ron English

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television.

English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.

Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

The Dotmaster

The Dotmaster, a UK artist, started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye.

Invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’ and featuring in the Oscar-nominated ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, The Dotmaster exhibits internationally.

A driving force behind the Nuart festival in Norway, he has collaborated with grass roots activists, luxury brands, Glastonbury festival, weirdos, developers and drop outs.

here is NO subculture ONLY subversion.

Work has been shown at the Cabaret Voltaire, CH, ICA, UK, kunstnernes Hus, NO, Museum of modern art Gulbenkian foundation, PT and London Underground.

Video Visuals supplied for The Buzzcocks, Steve ignorant, chuck palahniuk, Irvine welsh, Phil Hartnol, Longrange and Second Life,

Ben Eine

Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London’s Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broadway Market areas.

Eine produced a number of custom clothing designs notably some custom “VANDALS” sweatshirts and started to explore screen prints eventually working as a screen printer for cult screen print company Pictures On Walls. Eine produced many of the hand pulled prints for artists represented by POW including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Mode2, Modern Toss and David Shrigley.

His natural talent for colour combinations meant that he was able to enhance the work supplied by the artists. He left this position to pursue his own solo career in 2008. At this time Eine contributed to sticker graffiti and was prolific in East London with his neon and black EINE stickers.

Eine first came to prominence in the “commercial” graffiti scene through his symbiotic partnership with London graffiti artist Banksy; through Eine, Banksy was able to access the underground scene and through Banksy Eine accessed the commercial world.

In July 2010, President Barack Obama was presented with a painting by Eine, Twenty First Century City, as an official gift from the British Prime Minister. David Cameron.

Dan Cimmermann

Artist Dan Cimmermann’s paintings involve imagery that seeks to capture and possess power and potency. Dan Cimmermann’s technique involves taking an image and manipulating, disguising, defacing and disfiguring the image to explore new meaning. Within his working practice Dan Cimmermann also explores scale, surface and texture in order to render the original image almost unidentifiable or take the image out of its original context to create ambiguity.

Dan Cimmermann is particularly interested in the way the face can be manipulated, disfigured and decorated to be representational of a community, a collective, group or gang. Masks and face painting play a major role in influencing the way Cimmermann looks at a face and paints it on canvas.

Dan Cimmermann mainly works with figurative photographs but also uses drawings, found objects or paintings as stimulus for his work. He uses these images together to construct a composition that may or may not include a narrative; it is the act of defacing the images that is of paramount importance.

Simon Freeborough

Simon Freeborough is a London based printmaker and artist.

Much of his art looks at the potentially disposable frills of society and transforms them into an everlasting homage and object of admiration.

Born in New Zealand to his British parents, and raised in Kent, Simon studied art, illustration and photography at college, before becoming a leading Creative Director in London.

Simon is now part of the West London Art Factory collective and has exhibited his work across the Capital.

Mark Petty

Mark Petty is a London-born and London-based image maker and artist.

He studied art, illustration and photography before embarking on a stellar career in dirty advertising. He currently runs one of M&C Saatchi’s creative departments.

Petty is addicted to the visual with a staunch creative curiosity, easy-going and down-to-earth attitude.

Zosen

Filled with neon colours, geometric patterns and symbols, Zosen’s paintings immerse the viewer in their vivid imagery. The artist creates his proper mythology, flooding walls and canvases with fantastic characters that reveal his commentary on the happenings of our own world.

An active member of the Barcelona graffiti scene since the early 1990s, Zosen continues to produce projects that carry the anti-authoritarian spirit of his early days in the punk and do-it-yourself movements. In 2001 he became a member of the celebrated crew Ovejas Negras (ONG). Though the crew has disbanded, he continues to collaborate with its former members as well as artists of different disciplines from around the world.

The influences of skateboarding, fanzines and street culture permeate Zosen’s contemporary work, both on the street and in the studio. His murals bring colour and spontaneity to the austere grey of the urban landscape of Barcelona as well as many other international culture capitals.

While Zosen paints on the streets frequently, his repertoire has expanded to include performance art, printmaking, illustration and fashion design. He has shown his work in galleries in Europe, the Americas and Asia and is the co-founder of the clothing label Animal Bandido. Relentlessly creative, Zosen constantly invents new artistic projects and urban interventions.

Nick Walker

Nick Walker is an established graffiti artist originating from Bristol, England. He is credited with being part of the stencil graffiti movement that Robert Del Naja had started in the 1980s, which was also an influence on Banksy. Walker was invited by film director Stanley Kubrick to recreate the graffiti’d streets of New York for his 1999 film, Eyes Wide Shut.

His paintings often feature a bowler-hatted gentleman ‘vandal’, which featured in a video by The Black Eyed Peas.

Walker’s paintings now sell for large sums of money – in 2006 a spray painted work titled “Moona Lisa” sold for an unexpected £54,000 at Bonhams in London.[3] At a solo exhibition at London’s Black Rat Gallery in 2008, £750,000 worth of art was sold, with dozens of people camping outside the gallery overnight.

Rich Simmons

Rich Simmons is a Contemporary Urban Pop Artist from London who has exhibited all over the world. Raising to fame with an iconic piece of street art of Will and Kate before the royal wedding.

Rich has gone on to exhibit in some of the biggest galleries in London, Geneva, Tampa, New York and LA. As a self-taught artist, Rich has taken his love of different genres of art, from street art, pop art and comic books to pioneer a new fusion style which draws on all of his inspirations.

The use of his bold colour palette, hand drawn and hand cut stencils and reclaimed billboards that have been pulled down from the streets are proving Rich is both an innovator and highly collectable artist. Fans and collectors include Royalty, Celebrities, Musicians and is collected as far as New York, Singapore, Baku, Paris, Dubai, Monaco, Geneva, London and Miami.

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