So stoked to see the portrait of @akirattilia that Tre’ from @pangeaseed commissioned from me has arrived safely in Hawaii and is sporting a beautiful frame care of @artworkofkai I believe! ❤️✨✨
Making progress with this young terminator @bradleylaneproject
Looking forward to @bradleylaneproject which starts tomorrow out in GI. My good friend @tgtb started this event small 4 years ago and has been growing it steadily since. This will be my 3rd time painting and this year will also be showing this collage piece and speaking alongside the other guest artists over at Te Oro.
from 2016. A lot of people say graffiti in Auckland died in late 2010 - it kinda did at street level for a while but ultimately it just moved into different spaces. Exploring some of the city’s stormwater drains was the most comparable thing to walking the tracks in the 90’s - meeting random people all the time. While on some level it felt sad to see it pushed so underground it was heartening to see that resilience.
Really looking forward to this! @street_prints @paint_nz
Definitely something to be said about following the initial sparks of inspiration and going deep down the rabbit hole - allowing yourself to explore tangents freely and see what ensues. I’ve made a couple of hundred studies this year ranging from physical to digital collages but tried to make as many iterations back and forth between lologue and digital techniques. I try to work fast on these and with as wide a range of tools as possible. These are just a handful of my favourites from the past 2 weeks - these in turn will be reinterpreted either into paintings, prints and sculptural relief - but the process won’t likely stop there.
The finished wall, an ode to Tāmaki, thank you for the hospitality & the beautiful inspiration. Shot Wiremu, Josh & Josh for all the help and of course to @tgtb & all the @bradleylaneproject team for an excellent weekend!
Putting the final touches on at @bradleylaneproject - thanks everyone involved for this weekend, it’s been a great one!
Looking back at this @spraybeast video @berst_1 and I did back in 2011 it’s funny to think about the physical state I was in at the time and my determination to push through and prove I still had the drive despite the exhaustion I was experiencing. I had days where my speech would slur, I’d go deaf in one ear, where I couldn’t feel my face or my arms felt as if they were operating independent of the rest of my body. I couldn’t let go and rest - I felt robbed right at a stage when I was really peaking creatively and finally feeling a sense of achievement and recognition that I’d been striving for since I was 13. The sheer bullheadedness I had at that point in my life was a gift and a curse. I felt so off but it’s amazing looking and seeing the Astro lines I was landing, even when my whole sense of equilibrium was completely off - I had such a rhythm from years of being so focused that I was still landing my ‘tricks’ 😂 - if only people knew how I was really feeling!
Final shots of our TMD production featuring @hasernz @benjaminwork @charlestmd @janinetmd @tgtb @mark_tmd & myself with help from @myahenare @ljb.nz & @rams_one - we utilised the collage aesthetic to bring cohesion yet enable everyone to express what they each wanted individually. The beauty of the type of art we make is it comes from a culture of sampling and referencing from a wide spectrum of life, arts and culture and in turn allows us to lolyse and inject our own commentary.
- our first production together in a while! Features @hasernz @benjaminwork @charlestmd @janinetmd @tgtb @mark_tmd & myself plus help from @myahenare @ljb.nz & @rams_one (thanks so much guys!) great to see @mr_rimonitmd roll through too! A bit more to do on it still but not bad for a day and a half’s work. All shot on my iPhone.