Archive for May, 2012

Mark Lyken delivered to his new studio in Cromarty.

May 16, 2012

Team recoat have today dropped artist Mark Lyken off at his this amazing lighthouse in Cromarty, which will serve as his new studio for the next three months as he embarks on his Sublime residency, working along side marine biologists with IOTA.

We wish Mark all the best for his new venture.

More information about the project cane be found here http://www.invernessoldtownart.co.uk/news.asp?newsid=84

His show ‘Pattern Interrupt’ is currently on at the Art-el Gallery in Bristol, and runs until the 25th May.

New Nick Walker TMA print to be released 23rd June

May 16, 2012

The new ‘Paris – The Morning After’ print will be availble to purchase on Saturday 23rd June 2012 from the Opera Gallery, Paris, at 2pm.

For those outside of Paris, there is a lottery in place. Please email info@theartofnickwalker.com with ‘TMA Paris Lottery’ in the subject line if you would like to enter. Winners will be contacted soon after the release.

CONGRATULATIONS TEMWA

May 16, 2012

A massive congratulations to the wonderful staff at Temwa for another great evening on Saturday.

The sun came out and the beer garden of the Full Moon was packed.  It was great to see some faces that we’d not seen for a long time and Babyhead’s Tom was roped in to play auctioneer again, which is always great comedy value and we loved the auctioneers claw hammer!

But of course none of this was the reason for the night, and it was great to see people digging deep on the auction lots raising an astonishing £8,000 for the charity, all of which will go towards creating sustainable communties in Malawi.

Thanks and big ups to all those involved and turned out on Saturday night.

TEMWA Art For Africa – 12th May 2012

May 11, 2012

Don’t forget the Art for Africa auction tomorrow night at The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft, organised by TEMWA.

Always a great night out – see you there.

Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon

May 9, 2012

It has been for some time now that we (Art-el) have been in discussion with Max Rippon (Ripo) and we are over the moon that this has finally happened.

We were introduced to his art by a man whose view is always to be listened to, Harlan Levey, creator of Modart and NO NEW ENEMIES NETWORK.  We were blown away by his huge body of outdoor work that spans the globe and also his exquisit juxtaposition of simple wording on some amazing buildings and walls.  His letter forms are so subtlely crafted that it seems that they have already been dissolved in the ephemeral nature of graffiti.

‘Your Name Here’ – New York City

We also heavily respect him taking himself out of the Mecca of Most (NYC) where he could have been a big player by now, chosing the laid back culture of Barcelona with plenty of amazing walls, both in and out of the city.   It’s nice to see this organic approach now being rewarded with his solo show at White Walls later this year.

‘Tomorrow Another’ – Barcelona

His works are as prolific (having painted in no less than 36 countries to date) as they are stylish and interesting and often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor crawling beneath the surface, which is evident in the pieces pictured below.

‘Nothing’ – Tenerife

“Some people say they prefer to have Nothing painted on their wall. No problem”

‘Word’ – Barcelona

“On the side of a library.  Word.  Painted using a combination of rollers and a fire extinguisher”

‘Dream On’ – Los Angeles

“A message to the city of dreams: Dream On”

‘Mierda’ – Barcelona

“Making shit (mierda in spanish) look good”

‘Your Name’ is a recurring theme throughout most of RIPO’s work both outdoors and indoors, ever wondered why?  Ponder no longer!

‘Your Name 3D’ – Barcelona

“Graffiti is about writing your name everywhere, as much as possible and with as much style as possible.  Some of you don’t understand this, maybe because you haven’t had Your Name up yourself.  These are for you”

‘Untitled (Your Name Black) – Ink and enamel on hand cut paper

We recently had a little internet Q & A session with the man himself – here are the results!

Q: Name and/or Nom de plume?
A: Max Rippon aka Ripo

‘RIPO’ – Barcelona

Q: Tea or Coffee?
A: Coffee, lots of it.

Q: Can you describe yourself in 5 words?
A: Open, twenty, four, seven, yeah!

Q: What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
A: My hands

Q: What is your creative process?
A: Learn to draw before anything else.

Q: You have been labelled as a ‘writer’ ‘graffiti artist’, ‘guerilla street artist’, criminal, why do you think people need to define you in this way and does it impact on how people interact with the work?
A: Labels do more to limit than to liberate.

Q: If not art, what career would you had liked to have had?
A: If I had the slightest shred of musical talent I would love to do that.

Q: If you could meet any person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
A: Jimi Hendrix seems like he would have been a fun guy to hang with. But I’ve been really luck to have met some amazing people over the years who I look up to immensely. Rather than choosing I’ll let life keep surprising me.

Q: What is your greatest achievement to date?
A: Continuing to make artwork everyday of my life.

‘To Make a Long Story Short’ – Barcelona

Q: Who inspires you artistically?
A: My brother, my friends, and too many other artists who I’ve met, and even more who I haven’t met, to list here.

Q: What was the the content of the last photo you took?
A: A handpainted wooden store sign on the streets of Barcelonathat reads “Aquí estoy yo” (translation: Here I am)

Q: Who inspires you in life?
A: My family and friends.

Q: Three websites you visit everyday? Not social media as no doubt you are on Facebook or Twitter (or both)!
A: If I’m lucky I’ll have a day where I visit no websites at all.

Q: What was the last art exhibition you visited and your thoughts?
A: I went to see the Ai Wei Wei photo exhibit at the Jeu de Paume inParis. The hype around his work is out of control and the line at the door exhibited that. But his snapshots gave a great behind the scenes look at the history, development and thought process behind his larger works and projects.

Q: Three websites that you spend too much time looking at everyday?
A: That fucking book of faces, blogs (too many of them), my email

Q: How close to finishing your current painting are you?
A: Tomorrow, I promise.

‘Sorry’ – ink and watercolour on paper

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I’m in the middle of “Nothing If Not Critical” by Robert Hughes.

Q: What is your favourite Gallery in the world?
A: The one that makes me the most money!

Q: What was the last film you watched?
A: Is porn considered film? Cause I saw this one recently…

Q: What three pieces of advice you to give anyone just starting off down the
path of taking their art seriously?
A: Sleep less, hold on to another source of income for the time being, and know with all your heart you’ll be making art until the day you die.

Q: If you could get superpowers or be a superhero what/who would it be?
A: Telekinesis

Q: If you were to be stranded on desert island what three things would you
take with you?
A: I would just need two things. Sunscreen and an escape plan.

Q: Your favourite piece of art?
A: The internet. And some day it will be the work titled “Death of the Internet”

‘Come Over’ – Paraguay

It has and continues to be a very busy for RIPO, being involved in a group show the Del Mural’ Art exhibition, located in the Espai Mercé Sala at the Diagonal metro stop in Barcelona, which runs to the 1st June and of course launching new work with Art-el. http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/ripo

He has also just participated in ‘The Wallflowers’ exhibition at The Carhartt Gallery in Germany, you can see him getting up in the Gallery in this video.

More exciting, maybe, is what is to come as RIPO travels to San Francisco in August 2011, for a solo show at the prestigious White Walls Gallery.  I’m sure you all join us in wishing him every success for that show and those that follow.

To see and hear more about the world of RIPO visit http://www.ripovisuals.com/ and http://ripovisuals.wordpress.com/

RIP Maurice Sendak

May 8, 2012

Somebody who’s work we are no doubt all familiar with, Maurice Sandek died in hospital today, aged 83 following complications after a stroke.

He wrote and illustrated many childrens books but no doubt most popular then and now ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

For a full account of the life and times of this illustrator, this is a good article http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

 

Max ‘RIPO’ Rippon

May 8, 2012

It has been for some time now that we (Art-el) have been in discussion with Max Rippon (Ripo) and we are over the moon that this has finally happened.

We were introduced to his art by a man whose view is always to be listened to, Harlan Levey, creator of Modart and NO NEW ENEMIES NETWORK.  We were blown away by his huge body of outdoor work that spans the globe and also his exquisit juxtaposition of simple wording on some amazing buildings and walls.  His letter forms are so subtlely crafted that it seems that they have already been dissolved in the ephemeral nature of graffiti.

‘Your Name Here’ – New York City

We also heavily respect him taking himself out of the Mecca of Most (NYC) where he could have been a big player by now, chosing the laid back culture of Barcelona with plenty of amazing walls, both in and out of the city.   It’s nice to see this organic approach now being rewarded with his solo show at White Walls later this year.

‘Tomorrow Another’ – Barcelona

His works are as prolific (having painted in no less than 36 countries to date) as they are stylish and interesting and often offer more questions than answers, always with a sense of sarcasm and humor crawling beneath the surface, which is evident in the pieces pictured below.

‘Nothing’ – Tenerife

“Some people say they prefer to have Nothing painted on their wall. No problem”

‘Word’ – Barcelona

“On the side of a library.  Word.  Painted using a combination of rollers and a fire extinguisher”

‘Dream On’ – Los Angeles

“A message to the city of dreams: Dream On”

‘Mierda’ – Barcelona

“Making shit (mierda in spanish) look good”

‘Your Name’ is a recurring theme throughout most of RIPO’s work both outdoors and indoors, ever wondered why?  Ponder no longer!

‘Your Name 3D’ – Barcelona

“Graffiti is about writing your name everywhere, as much as possible and with as much style as possible.  Some of you don’t understand this, maybe because you haven’t had Your Name up yourself.  These are for you”

‘Untitled (Your Name Black) – Ink and enamel on hand cut paper

We recently had a little internet Q & A session with the man himself – here are the results!

Q: Name and/or Nom de plume?
A: Max Rippon aka Ripo

‘RIPO’ – Barcelona

Q: Tea or Coffee?
A: Coffee, lots of it.

Q: Can you describe yourself in 5 words?
A: Open, twenty, four, seven, yeah!

Q: What is your favourite medium to work with and why?
A: My hands

Q: What is your creative process?
A: Learn to draw before anything else.

Q: You have been labelled as a ‘writer’ ‘graffiti artist’, ‘guerilla street artist’, criminal, why do you think people need to define you in this way and does it impact on how people interact with the work?
A: Labels do more to limit than to liberate.

Q: If not art, what career would you had liked to have had?
A: If I had the slightest shred of musical talent I would love to do that.

Q: If you could meet any person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
A: Jimi Hendrix seems like he would have been a fun guy to hang with. But I’ve been really luck to have met some amazing people over the years who I look up to immensely. Rather than choosing I’ll let life keep surprising me.

Q: What is your greatest achievement to date?
A: Continuing to make artwork everyday of my life.

‘To Make a Long Story Short’ – Barcelona

Q: Who inspires you artistically?
A: My brother, my friends, and too many other artists who I’ve met, and even more who I haven’t met, to list here.

Q: What was the the content of the last photo you took?
A: A handpainted wooden store sign on the streets of Barcelonathat reads “Aquí estoy yo” (translation: Here I am)

Q: Who inspires you in life?
A: My family and friends.

Q: Three websites you visit everyday? Not social media as no doubt you are on Facebook or Twitter (or both)!
A: If I’m lucky I’ll have a day where I visit no websites at all.

Q: What was the last art exhibition you visited and your thoughts?
A: I went to see the Ai Wei Wei photo exhibit at the Jeu de Paume inParis. The hype around his work is out of control and the line at the door exhibited that. But his snapshots gave a great behind the scenes look at the history, development and thought process behind his larger works and projects.

Q: Three websites that you spend too much time looking at everyday?
A: That fucking book of faces, blogs (too many of them), my email

Q: How close to finishing your current painting are you?
A: Tomorrow, I promise.

‘Sorry’ – ink and watercolour on paper

Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I’m in the middle of “Nothing If Not Critical” by Robert Hughes.

Q: What is your favourite Gallery in the world?
A: The one that makes me the most money!

Q: What was the last film you watched?
A: Is porn considered film? Cause I saw this one recently…

Q: What three pieces of advice you to give anyone just starting off down the
path of taking their art seriously?
A: Sleep less, hold on to another source of income for the time being, and know with all your heart you’ll be making art until the day you die.

Q: If you could get superpowers or be a superhero what/who would it be?
A: Telekinesis

Q: If you were to be stranded on desert island what three things would you
take with you?
A: I would just need two things. Sunscreen and an escape plan.

Q: Your favourite piece of art?
A: The internet. And some day it will be the work titled “Death of the Internet”

‘Come Over’ – Paraguay

It has and continues to be a very busy for RIPO, being involved in a group show the Del Mural’ Art exhibition, located in the Espai Mercé Sala at the Diagonal metro stop in Barcelona, which runs to the 1st June and of course launching new work with Art-el. http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/ripo

He has also just participated in ‘The Wallflowers’ exhibition at The Carhartt Gallery in Germany, you can see him getting up in the Gallery in this video.

More exciting, maybe, is what is to come as RIPO travels to San Francisco in August 2011, for a solo show at the prestigious White Walls Gallery.  I’m sure you all join us in wishing him every success for that show and those that follow.

To see and hear more about the world of RIPO visit http://www.ripovisuals.com/ and http://ripovisuals.wordpress.com/

Team Recoat visit Art-el @ The College

May 7, 2012

The lovely people of The Recoat Gallery in Glasgow made the trek down this weekend to take in the Mark Lyken opening on Friday night.

They intended to paint at The College on Saturday, but just ended up chilling in the gallery for most of the day and it was really nice for us to have a chat and get to know them.

However they did drop by again yesterday before they headed back and dropped a couple of pieces.

For more pics check out our flickr here

A huge thanks to you both for coming down, looking forward to the next hook up. xx

For more photos check out our flickr set here http://www.flickr.com/photos/27892381@N04/sets/72157629986824807/

http://www.recoatdesign.com/

Ponk & Raek @ The College

May 7, 2012

Ponk and Raek piece painted at The College on Saturday 5th May.

 

Mark Lyken – Pattern Interrupt

May 6, 2012

We at Art-el have a really good week.

The coming together and opening night of the Pattern Interrupt show has been an absolute blast and has resulted in a what we think is an amazing show, so our thanks and congratulations to Mark Lyken for setting the standards so high with what is Art-el’s first solo show. Feed back has been great and we are over the moon, thanks to everybody who came to see the show this weekend especially the Glasgow crew and Recoat Gallery’s Ali and Amy, who it’s been really good to spend some time with.

All have departed Bristol now and we do genuinely feel a little heavy hearted.

The show is of course on until the 25th May (Thursday & Friday 11.30am to 5.30pm & Saturday 12.00pm to 4.30pm), so if you didn’t make it down this weekend then please do stop by as it really is worth taking in.

The work from the show is now also available to buy on-line here – http://www.art-el.co.uk/collections/mark-lyken

Here of a few shots of the show at it’s various stages.

There will be plenty more photos to come as Joe Clarke, a photographer who has a studio at The College Project has documentated the whole process with still photography and film, he’s off editing those as we speak and we can’t wait to see and share them, thanks again Joe.  http://www.joe-clarke.com

http://www.lykenlove.com

http://www.art-el.co.uk