I recently took part in a Secret Walls art battle, as part of Jelly London’s trio of artists.
After an Eminem 8 Mile style introduction (I believe the word on the street is ‘big-up’) our team frantically drew for 25 minutes in competition with 3 other teams using only black paint and markers on a blank white canvas, no pencils were allowed.
Our brief for the battle was ‘Warrior’ and we were encouraged to incorporate as sense of battling with our opponents – although maybe we went a bit too far!
Our plan involved a giant Jelly monster and warrior creatures battling our competitors in a forest, and although it was approved by the ginger Rastafarian dude behind the bar unfortunately we didn’t win. Despite not succeeding in the duel, we did have a good drawing session and it was great fun!
Helping London Look It’s Best
I recently took part in the Helping London Look It’s Best exhibition held at The Brick Lane Gallery, London.
I was commissioned by Leo Burnett to create a design that reflected the work going on cleaning up London as part of P&G’s Capital Clean Up ahead of the 2012 Olympics. I was asked by Art Director Senan Lee to draw the illustration by cleaning off dirt on a soot covered tube wall using my finger with a damp cloth. It was a joy to work on and harked back to days of drawing rude things on dirty car windows during my youth.
The photographed mural was presented at the exhibition alongside work from a variety of UK based artists that also involved London decorated cup cakes, champagne, canapés and Lisa Snowdon.
“Exploration and discovery through detail is an ongoing theme in my work. I wanted to draw an image that at a distance first appears like Olympic medals but on closer inspection reveals the work that is going on behind the scenes in preparation for London 2012.”
There is a new collection of Matt Johnstone wallpaper designs ready to paste upon your walls that are available at JW Walls. You could have a repeating floral pattern on your office wall, find creatures in a busy rainforest scene while you make a cup of tea in the kitchen or paste a playful giant monkey face in a kids bedroom!
Jelly London, Wall Mural
I have been working on a cityscape wall mural in the office of my illustration agent Jelly London. The painting is essentially a fantasy city that I made up but has loose references to London. Jelly towers is centre stage and a selection of London based advertising agencies also feature (in lovely shades pink emulsion). The mural was a joy to complete, and we had a launch party in the office when I had finished. There is a stop-motion film of me drawing it on my Vimeo page.
It’s getting cold outside! I recently completed an A2 sized print for an exhibition at Joshua G2′s office in London as part of a Jelly London exhibition. The print is a mish-mash of winter, christmas and anything that popped into my head!