There is a visual orgy of art in streets of London and other cities now. This series draws on that phenomena - the love and desire for more street-art, everywhere - and the key figures of the movement in a cheeky and more meaningful-than-you-think way.
The branding of artists, bombarding the streets with instantly recognisable work, is a technique of self-advertising that has learned from the logo-ridden corporate world. Street-art logos are products of a capitalistic society, and an aspect of what it takes to participate in one.
This series explores these issues in a comical way, I am exploring the link between street artist iconography and advertising, I am showing it by using straight-to-the-point explicit graphics.
Parody is a backbone to both pop and street-art, people are interested in art that has recognisable imagery from everyday life that they can relate to, experience in new ways and relate with eachother about. Creating advertising characters, industry icons and product personalities is nothing new, it was very big in America starting from back in the 1940s - but, it's relevantly new for artists and not advertisers to do. Most of the artists in my series remix pop icons, iconic photography, cartoons, advertising and merchandising mascots in ironic ways. This series poses the artists' characters, icons and logos in a similarly ironic way. To champion copywrites is to kill-off their artwork too. Banksy stated in his book that he is against copyright rules. Artists using other artist's iconic work is not new, maybe not is such a way tho!
These works are not meant to be disrespectful towards the artists in any way, rather, I am making a general comment on the art scene today. Many of the artists I used are mates of mine or people I have met and I couldn't hold them in higher regard. In fact, funnily enough, a few of them have asked me reserve prints for them and other artists are complaining that I didn’t include them!!! I understand that because of the proposition of this work, some of the artists may be offended. But I hope that they will come to see the amsuing side of it.
resin, acrylic and Indian ink on canvas