Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Life's not all Black and White...

Big thanks to Ian Wadsworth for this illustration.

Time to catch-up with The

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Off The Wall

On the Line with Paul James

Generally when we wander through a shopping centre we don't expect a high street gallery to throw up something interesting. Well we stand to be corrected, one of The Collective team spotted something beside the Rolf Harris and the Hazel Soan hangs!

The work that inspired us to contact Paul James is an interesting juxta between street art and wildlife...he was kind enough to give us a ring and have a chat about his art.

RD; Hey Paul, wicked to meet you, tell us about yourself – where you are from and where you’ve been please?

I was born and grew up in Leicestershire. For a few years I had a bohemian existence floating around the Inland Waterways of Britain on my narrow boat before I moved to live in the Republic of Ireland where I am now based. Being something of a nomad I do like to travel and I like warmer climates; I particularly enjoy the Canary Isles and Spain. In Europe, I also like Monaco & Venice. I have quite an affinity with the USA; I’ve driven across it several times and think I’ve visited about 41 of its States so far. One year I travelled from Ireland to Australia without leaving the surface of the earth (which I thought was quite an achievement) stopping at Hawaii, Pago Pago and New Zealand along the way. I was very saddened about Christchurch as it was one of my favourite cities.

RD: Yes we agree, a real tragedy!

RD; Could you fill us in on what artistic media you use, we understand a piano sometimes?

I paint mainly in acrylics on canvas or board, sometimes I’ll use oils and yes as often as I can I play the piano.

Urban Gorilla

Up the Swanee

Spray it again Charlie

RD; What inspired you to concentrate on the wildlife and countryside in your work and are you a self-taught artist?

I regard myself as essentially self –taught. I did go to Art College to do a graphic design course but I left as it wasn’t really what I was interested in. I wasn’t allowed to do a Fine Art course because I didn’t have the academic qualifications required!

I started painting landscapes as I was taken by the beauty of Charnwood forest and I’ve always had a soft spot for animals (even though I’m allergic to a lot of them). As a child I was impressed by the ‘Pink Floyd’ album cover ‘Atom Heart Mother’ and I believe that is my earliest inspiration for my cow paintings. I’ve since developed something of a quirky approach painting animals from different perspectives whilst capturing their personalities which makes them a lot of fun.

RD; Our eye was caught by your urban series of paintings, do you work from memory or does a photo help to stimulate the creative juices?

I’m really enjoying painting the graffiti pieces which were first inspired from boating through the industrial wastelands of Britain and I’ve been amazed at the wide appeal that they seem to have.

As a realist the main challenge for me was to re-create on canvas graffiti’d brick wall as convincingly as possible, whilst using traditional painting methods. The ducks and geese that wander along the towpaths just helped to create the perfect juxtaposition. Since the early pieces I’ve moved on to include cows and recently the gorilla in an urban setting.

I do use my own photographic reference as a basis for most of my paintings. Sometimes I just take an element from a photo or I use part of an image or I create a montage of different images.

RD; We understand you are musically inclined, what is your background in that, also what sounds are you into and do you listen to tunes whilst you are at the easel?

I was classically trained on the piano as a child but I do like to do my own thing. I have a penchant for the blues, jazz and boogie woogie. I enjoy experimenting and composing. My CD ‘From Palette to Piano’ is made up entirely of my own compositions. I’m currently working on my second CD, which I hope to have out soon. I think I‘ve probably got enough music for a third one.

I listen to everything from ‘Mahler’ to ‘Metallica’

Charlie on grass

Kred Gorden


RD; If brushes became non-existent, what other tools would you use to continue your work?

I’d probably use spray paints or my fingers.

Rd; A water and razor dude or an electric stubble cutter man?

Electric stubble cutter

RD; Where have you had exhibitions in the past and what have you got coming up?

I’ve been painting professionally for 25 years and have had exhibitions across, the UK, Ireland and the USA. There is a constant display of my work at ‘The Paul James Gallery’ ( ) in Daventry, Northants and my work is on display at other galleries throughout the UK including De Montfort Fine Art’s Whitewalls group and it appears in galleries in Ireland, America (currently Aspen, San Diego, Scottsdale (Arizona) and Texas. Some also made an appearance recently at Art Expo in New York it’s also appeared at a gallery in Toronto, Canada.

I’ve got some work appearing in the group show ‘Best of British’ at Clarendon Gallery in Mayfair, London April 18th – May 6th

RD; Would you like to give the thumbs up to anyone?

Banksey, Chuck Close, Dali, Gustav Mahler, Freddie Chopin, Liszt, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Art Tatum, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, Tori Amos, Billy Connolly, and Lenny Henry - I could go on…..

RD: woah woah, we'll have stop you there man...It was great to talk please keep us up to date with any new stuff coming out... Thanks

Go see Paul...Here

Hip Hop Harriet

Hang Outs... London's Stolen Space

Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
United Kingdom

P: +44 (0) 207 247 2684

Tuesday - Sunday
11:00am - 7:00pm

Hang Outs... Culver City CA

Flesh Cuts

Juxtapoz Magazine

A couple of worth watchers from Juxta.

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
Duane Michals

Off The Shelf

Very Nearly Almost Magazine

Our friends from VNA got in touch...take a look.

VNA 14 features, as ever, a whole host of amazing art and interviews with some of street art’s leading lights.

This issue, we have a unique cover by UK artist Sickboy. Known for his iconic, brightly coloured ‘temple’ motif, he’s created some of the most striking work seen on the UK streets, and he has a lot to say in his in-depth interview.

We also talked to Mysterious Al one – of the original ‘street artists’ and founder of “Finders Keepers” crew – the NYC legend that is Doze Green alongside illustrator Evan Hecox and master stencilist Chris Stain.

But it’s not just about the established names, as we chatted to rising Portuguese artist Pedro Matos, Reka and the brilliantly named Dick Chicken.

Last but by no means least, we chatted to one of Banksy’s favourite groups, Russian art collective ‘Voina’. Recently released from a Moscow prison, they spill the beans on their art, Russia and how to draw a 60-metre penis on a bridge opposite the KGB headquarters.
Get your copy today

Show us some love and pick up tons of free stuff.

The sun is out and we’re feeling all loved up, so we’re giving away a whole bunch of amazing goodies. Anyone fancy a brand new, sold-out Ben Eine T-shirt? How about some Sickboy marker pens or a couple of shiny street art books for your coffee table? Of course you bloody do.

Simply ‘Like’ us on
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Thanks and speak soon

Team VNA

Got here for more...VNA

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Keepin Up with the CRAWW

Hey folks.

Just a quick heads up on 2 new OG paintings I’ve added to the store. I’ve been busy on a bunch of new stuff for shows later in the year, but it seemed a shame to be hiding everything away for the next 6 months!

“Becoming” and “Drifting” are both 760mm x 560mm acrylic on deckle edged Rives BFK. Link to the store here:

Feel free to email me for more details/more detailed shots. Hope you like ‘em.


Monday, 28 March 2011

Off The Shelf

The History of American Graffiti

Bus Hoppers, Freight Movement, Throw ups, Wall Sprays and good ol Taggin!

Wow what a Book!
If a bit of graffiti history hits the spot, then this 400 pager is the one for you.

Roger Gastman sent us his book over for a review and we tell ya what, its a good un.
Everything that you wondered about is in here, the introduction of making a mark with the original Magic Marker Pen (I remember those, said someone in the Collective office) and early forms of aerosol spray which both appeared on the market in the 1970's, this kick started the tag scene in a big way.

Authors Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon spoke to at least 500 people throughout the US and the World - hookin up with the "back in the day guys" like Taki 183 the godfather of tag, Cornbread, LSD, Dino Nod, Stay High149 and loads more...

The book travels through the states of the USA catchin up with the LA, NY, Phily scenes to name just a few. It also profiles the names that made that area famous like New Orleans' bad boy, Risk and Queens', Iz the Wiz!

Then it lands on the European Movement picking up in 1982 with Amsterdam's, Shoe; Dutch born, Cat22 and more. Another ace fact is the European spray paint companies were far more advanced than the North American companies up until 2000... stick that in your pipe and smoke it☋

What lurks behind the dust cover...we had a tentative look and were pleasantly surprised.

All in all, a damn good read and the visuals are class as well!

To purchase a copy of The History of American Graffiti Click on Logo

Keepin Up with Squink

Woodland Awakenings..


I just wanted to drop you all a message to let you know my new 3" custom 'Woodland Awakenings' goes on sale today at 6:30pm DST (GMT+1) You'll find the sale pageHERE
Hope you like this little guy!

I'm also working on an 8" Blow Up Dunny, which should be finished at some point this week, so far I have a holding page for it on the store, pics will be added as soon as it's complete but a teaser of how it's looking so far can be found HERE

I'll drop you a mailer when it's finished with info on sale time etc :)

Have a great Monday!

Flesh Cuts


A short and creative edit from our friend in Sheffield UK.

Student Film maker- Suck My Dave.

More from Dave... surf here.

Street Shots

Phlegm Graffs

Hackney Wick, Hackney, Greater London

Believe you can and you're halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

Hang Outs...Washington, DC

Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different than any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.

Marcātus, a creative art market near the Nationals Ballpark, will be a multidimensional event different than any other to reach the District. Marcātus invites you to come out for the whole day to enjoy the sounds of live music, smells of exotic foods, eye candy of art, to hunt for creative treasures, or simply to relax on the Great Lawn with a frosty beverage taking in the picturesque views of the Anacostia River.
Location: The Yards Park
10 Water St SE Washington, DC
One block south of N and 3rd Streets, SE )
Three blocks from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave Exit)

Event is free and open to the public

First Sunday of every month (Except July which will be Second Sunday).
April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 10th, Aug 7th
Hours every Sunday: 11am-6pm.

ARTISTS TENTS - Water Street
50+ 10'x10' Artist Tents.
Each artist will have the opportunity to display a large array of artwork

FASHION TENTS - Water Street
24 - 10'x10' Fashion Tents
The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce will have a wide collection of their Couture Artists showcasing the latest in fashion.

VENDOR TENTS - Park Pavilion
10 - 10'x10' Sponsor Tents
Browse through various companies and their goods and services.

FOOD VENDORS - Park Pavilion
8 - 10'x10' Food Tents
Try the many yummy delights from local food vendors and discover a new favorite DC Eatery.

ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS - Terraced Steps
60 - 2'x8' Arts and Crafts Tables
Explore through seas and seas of unique and amazing goods, ranging from robots hand-built from clock parts to jewelry made from found objects.

At Marcātus music will be an integral part of each Sunday. This year's premiere opening on Sunday, April 3rd will host the FORWARD Festival's Closing-Day Party. Entering its 4th year in the DC Area FORWARD Festival is a 5 day celebration of electronic creative culture featuring music, educational workshops and digital art installations. On Sunday, April 3rd the festival, along with presenting partners LilSoSo, will curate 2 sound systems of music featuring local and national DJ's and Live electronic talent. To find out more about the FORWARD Festival visit:

Would you like to participate?
Email for information on reserving an artist tent.
Email for information on reserving a arts & craft table.
Email for information on reserving a produce, sponsor or food tent.

For More info on Forward go to:

Saturday, 26 March 2011


From The Collective Studio

Time to catch-up with The

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Off The Wall

Exploring the Shadows with Ian Wadsworth

When we first saw Ian's work we were so impressed we arranged a meet straight away.

With his art being quite somber but with amazing depth, we weren't sure what to expect his own image would be? A gothic outfit perhaps with ultra-high steel clad boots?

No...our imagination was far to overactive, a trilby, a smile, and an infectious enthusiasm about the Darker side of art...

RD: Hey Ian, tell us about yourself please dude, where are you from and does the place you live reflect in your art?

Ok, I’m an Artist from a place called Winshill which is a sort of ‘limbo land’ on the Derbyshire side of Burton. My Artwork fuses Street Art with Gothic Art and has a raw scratchy edge to it. The place I live definitely comes out in my work. It has a gritty, quirky, vibe to it. You have to be streetwise and have strength of mind to survive it. There is an honesty in the place I come from and an honesty in the people who live here. I hope this comes out in my work

RD: What forms of media have you experimented with and which ones have you decided to concentrate on?

Phew! I have experimented with acrylics, oil, photography, video, digital, surfwax - really anything I could get my hands on. I have had some really disastrous moments with some experiments but it’s part of the process. The mediums I have decided to concentrate on are spray paints, ink and digital I love the raw, scratchy, dusty elements of these mediums and digital is just a no brainer, especially when it comes to self-publishing.

RD: Are you a self-taught artist and who/what made you decide to take up drawing?

I’m mainly self taught. I did train and work as a Graphic Designer but my main job involved laying out brochures, and generally getting told to make it blue or bolder.

I have been drawing since I was a child, however, it didn’t really start going properly until I was a teenager which, in all honesty, was prompted by a druggy haze. I feel that if that hadn’t happened I probably would have stuck to a conventional life path.

RD: Your work seems to reflect the Dark Side of illustration, what is the reason for this?

Well partially it’s because I love horror movies, and ghost stories, but also it’s a visual theme that jars with people. It’s not something that can be easily absorbed into popular culture. I feel it’s reactionary. There is only so much glossy pop culture you can take before you have to react.

RD: Tell us about the trials and tribulations of producing two cool books?
What inspired you to take the plunge and do the first one?

The first one came out of a need to change or to do something with my life. I realized I wanted to target and document the things which have influenced me and my artwork. I also wanted to introduce a playful element to it. That first book was the easiest. The next one was really painful to do. The Time Gambler was a graphic novel and graphic novels are incredibly difficult. I ended up doing 600 drawings and feeling physically ill from it.

RD: Which drawing are you most proud of and tell us why.

That’s really tricky. There is a special page in The Time Gambler which gets to me. It’s the third page. Something different happens here. The images and the words suddenly start to merge into one. It is about someone trying to recall a memory of a lover who is no longer with them. The sequence works really well. You never quite see the other persons face. It’s almost like you’re starting to forget what that person looks like. I think that, as a page, it works. It involves the viewer; you become the person trying to recall the memory.

RD: If you could re-live a moment in your life and change it, what would it be and how would you change the outcome?

I would have left London earlier. London was a great place to go and party but not such a good place if you’re skint. London always prides itself on being the Capital of Art but I remember a weird moment in London when I went to see a movie called Dead Man’s Shoes. Everyone in London was raving about it. I sat down watched it and suddenly had a dawning that I recognized the main actor and the locations. It was home! I had moved away to far flung places around the world to be inspired by creative, edgy stuff and all the time it was there under my nose. I should have respected my roots more, got on the train straight away, and gone back home.

RD: We hear you have an exhibition coming up at The Brewhouse in Burton, UK how's the prep going for that and what can we expect from the show.

It is stressful but exciting at the same time. This will be my first solo exhibition so I have to be aware of ‘over ambition meets practicalities’. I have done exhibitions before but usually with groups of people. The load is definitely a lot lighter if others are involved. At the moment I’m trying to concentrate on the promotion. Everything else is kind of ready - a few tweaks are needed but that is always the case. This exhibition is definitely going to have a dark, raw atmosphere. My work lends itself to that. There will also be some variations in mediums with underlying meanings attached to the work. Almost like a good movie with lots of twists.

RD: That's ace man, great to meet you, see you at your show on the 16th of April.

For more on Ian...go here.