Wednesday, 8 December 2010

This Friday at London Miles Gallery/ End of Year showcase

London Miles is proud to presents...
LUKE KOPYCINSKI & VICTOR CASTILLO!!


















Well...its been one incredible year. Packed with back to back exhibitions . We just want to say a big Thank you to everyone that has supported London Miles Gallery and has made it down to our opening receptions. If you havent had a chance to come see the gallery or meet the team, then now is your chance...This Friday, December 10th we have two very special exhibitions on display. For the first time in the U.K we are exhibiting the artworks of Victor Castillo and Luke Kopycinski. The two talented fellas have really pulled a great show together of original art work and some afforadable prints from Victor castillo (which make a perfect Christmas gift). Also on exhibit we have the opening of (wtf is) LOWBROW- a group show of various artists London Miles Gallery has exhibited over the years. Exciting New artwork from Nom Kinnear King and Xue Wang, along with a whole selection of limited edition prints from Fine Grime (a great print company from Bath that we have been working with)....





















Prints from Silvia Ji and original artwork from Nom Kinnear King.

For the complete online preview just send us a quick e-mail at Sales@Londonmiles.com
We look forward to seeing you on Friday, December 10th from 7pm to 10pm in Westbourne Studios!!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

The Opening reception of the Idol Hours....

Here is a quick one minute video from the Opening reception of the Idol Hours at London Miles Gallery on November 12th 2010. If you missed the incredible opening night, then have a look at the video or even better, come by the gallery and see the show..its up till December 1st.

London Miles Gallery: The Opening of Idol Hours. Iconic artworks recreated for the modern age. November 12th 2010 to December 1s from London Miles on Vimeo.



For more information on the exhibition go HERE!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Luke Kopycinski and Victor Castillo's First London showcase


This December we have a very exciting two man show coming to London.
Luke Kopycinski from Austrailia and Victor Castillo from Chilie will be showcasing a collection of original paintings and drawings at London Miles in their first showcase in London.

Victor Castillo

Born in 1973 in Santiago de Chile where he was a member of the art research collective Caja Negra. His Work has been shown in various countries such as Spain, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Belgium and Taiwan. The work of Victor Castillo strikes like a swift blow to the stomach and stirs the innards of a popular iconography fed by comics, illustration and television. His drawing produce slogans on daily consumption and monstrous beings enslaved to flesh and money. This production, consumption and digestion of statements reveal the violence of everyday life and denounce the universality of rationality incarnated by diabolical figures of animals or humans. At the moment he lives and works in Barcelona.

See more of Luke's work HERE





Luke Kopycinski

Luke Kopycinski is an Australian born artist currently working and living in Melbourne, Australia. His work is intriguing, dark and has an underlying current of something very human. Best described as Dark Noir, his subject matter is of the beautiful and the melancholy, aspects of the people around him, both what they project on the outside and what they keep inside. His oils are a mix of realism and impressionism, a mixture of strong soft shining lights and heavy sharp shadows that centre the focus of the pieces. His graphite works have been described as painting themselves, illusionary in depth and form with imagery like deceptively frozen moments.

See more of Luke's incredible artwork HERE!


The show opens on December 10th 2010. From 7pm to 11pm at Westbourne Studios. London Miles. If you came to our previous opening of the Idol Hours, then I dont have to tell you twice- this is not a show you want to miss...

More sneak previews to follow shortly. If you have any questions just get in touch with us:
www.londonmiles.com/ info@londonmiles.com

Thursday, 18 November 2010

DUSTER UA comes to London for a one day seminar at London Miles Gallery














London Miles Gallery is hosting an afternoon with New York subway artist Duster, on December 4th, 2010. Curated by Paul 'Don' Smith, Duster will be traveling outside of the USA for the first time in his life, to give a talk about his legendary career as a New York subway graffiti artist during the 70's and 80's. The afternoon will include an exhibition of original and rare photographs from Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, authors of the graffiti and subway artists bible 'SUBWAY ART', an exhibition of limited edition prints and original artwork by Duster, and a one hour Q and A with the artist as he talks through his experiences as a Bronx, New York train writer.

Visitors to the event will enjoy a private screening of STYLE WARS; the original Hip Hop documentary directed by Tony Silver and co- produced with Henry Chalfant. The film was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. STYLE WARS is regarded as the indispensable documentation of New York street culture and subway art of the early '80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. A percentage of all ticket sales for the event will go to the STYLE WARS restoration fund. For more information please visit www.stylewars.com.

Saturday, December 4th 2010. Starting at 2pm.
At London Miles Gallery,Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJ.

Ticketed event: £25.00 (get your tickets here: http://www.londonmiles.com/London_Miles_DusterUA.html)

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

David Macdowell recreates "Girl with a pearl earing" for the Idol Hours exhibition.



THE IDOL HOURS-
Iconic historical artworks recreated by 40 contemporary artists for the Modern age.

Opening Friday, November 12th 2010
7pm to 11pm.

The opening includes a drinks reception, live preformance from Fidgital, Dj's, live
body painting and over 40 unique artworks on display.
Dont miss it!

All at London Miles Gallery in Westbourne Studios.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Countdown: The Idol hours opens on November 12th 2010


The Idol Hours features the work of more than 35 International Artists.
Opening reception: November 12th 2010
7pm to 11pm.

We look forward to seeing you then there.

Exhibition on display until December 1st 2010.



Tuesday, 12 October 2010

What is coming up this November at London Miles

So maybe you would of heard by now about a show we have coming up this November, titled The Idol Hours.
More than 35 International artists recreate historical works of art in this modern day contemporary art show. Each artist has personally selected a piece from before WWII that has inspired them in someway or another, and have recreated it in their own way. Paying homage to the masters before our time, and reminding the current generations of the living talent that we are surrounded by.

To get your mouth watering...here is a sneek at what is coming:


















Kevin Earl Taylor recreate "Peasants Bringing home a calf born in the Fields"by Jean Francious

























Ken Keirns recreates "The Lady with an Ermine" by
Leonardo da Vinci.

You getting curious yet??? Check out this exhibition here for more details!
Opening reception: November 12th 2010.
At London Miles Gallery.

Video from the opening night of Ekundayo, Morning Breath and Fernando Chamarelli's new exhibition at London Miles Gallery

The video is up from the Friday's night opening reception at London Miles Gallery.
If you are in London, do come by and have a look at the show in person and if you can't seem to make it, then enjoy the video.

London Miles Gallery presents the Opening reception of Morning Breath, Ekundayo and Fernando Chamarelli. from London Miles on Vimeo.



Opening night was October 10th 2010.
The exhibition is on display until the 5th of November.
Visit www.londonmiles.com for more information.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

HUB TV video from the opening reception of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor is up!

London Miles Gallery and Hub TV are proud to present the video from the opening night of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor. Two great exhibitions that opened on September 10th 2010 at London Miles. If you were unable to make it to the opening then here is your chance to see it. The opening reception was an incredible night and we happy to have something to show for it.

The Opening night of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor from London Miles on Vimeo.


Thanks Hub TV!

Hi Fructose interviews Ekundayo for our upcoming show at London Miles Gallery

As you may already know, we have a great show opening up next Friday. Featuring the artwork of Ekundayo, Morning Breath and Fernando Chamarelli.

Hi Fructose magazine from California recently caught up with Ekundayo and took a visit to his studio to speak about the upcoming exhibition and the first time he will be exhibited in the UK!

"Hi-Fructose favorite Ekundayo (HF Vol. 9) will be showing this coming October 8th over at London Miles Gallery. Showing alongside New York's own Morning Breath and Fernando Chamarelli from Brazil, this three person group show will serve as the London debut for all three artists. Though the differences vary greatly stylistically, all three artists are masters in their respective fields and this show should serve as an engaging introduction from across the Atlantic."

Read the whole review here.

Thanks Hi Fructose for the coverage!

Friday, 24 September 2010

LMG & Upper Playground Present - Morning Breath - Ekundayo - Fernando Chamarelli


London Miles Gallery in association with Upper Playground are delighted to present a new exhibition featuring the culturally defining and visually astounding artwork of three artists from the furthest flung corners of the globe. Boasting a line-up of truly stellar international talent, this show will feature all new artworks from world-renowned and internationally feted new contemporary artists Morning Breath, Ekundayo, and Fernando Chamarelli.

This exciting three-way exhibition explicitly highlights the creative depth and diversity within the new contemporary field today, showcased exclusively for a British audience at London Miles Gallery in west London at the heart of the city’s sub cultural art community. A major coup for British audiences, this anticipated show brings three of the most prolific and abundantly talented new contemporary artists to the UK for what is a rare and insightful close up with some of the leading lights of the genre.

Opening Night - Friday 8th October - 7pm @ London Miles Gallery, Westbourne Studio's, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJ

For more information, images or interviews with the artists please contact:

Tina Ziegler. Tina@londonmiles.com. www.londonmiles.com

LMG Interviews MORNING BREATH.


Doug Cunningham and Jason Noto are better known as Morning Breath which is the name of their Brooklyn based graphic design company. The duo have accumulated an impressive resume of clientele ranging from Zoo York Skateboards to Album design for bands such as Slayer, Foo Fighters and T.V on the Radio.
Their work often depicts boldly coloured, mixed-up layers of Old Skool advertisement slogans, pin-up girls and comic book style characters. Its hard to know where to look first! Morning Breath will be coming to London for the first ever time as part of London Miles’ group exhibition alongs
ide Ekundayo and Fernando Chamarelli.

Why the name Morning Breath?

The name Morning Breath comes from the title of a song a friend of ours wrote. One night when Jason and I were thinking of names for our new found venture, we were listening to music drinking some beers, and put on a 7” from a friend of ours band named Sweet Diesel. We thought what a great/fucked up name for our new company. We looked no further.


Could you give a brief summary of your line of work

Morning Breath does a broad range of work ranging from straight up graphic design/illustration to commercial projects that take on a look and feel from our more personal work. We paint and experiment with personal work along side of commercial projects. Sometimes it becomes a juggling act to maintain both worlds.


What mediums do you guys use?

Most of our paintings are done with a combination of acrylic paint and silkscreen. We paint primarily on wood board.


How and why did you both start doing art?


We both have been creating art since childhood. I don’t know if there is an answer to why?, we just do, and in a way always have been creating art. I guess if there is an answer it’s been different throughout stages of our lives. If you ask why we do it now, I guess it’s just a need to escape the confounds of commercial work. Although one might think even our commercial work is creative, it still has more compromise than we’d like.



Did you know each other before the formation of Morning Breath? Where and how did you both meet?

We both worked at Think skateboards in San Francisco in the mid nineties. That is where we began to collaborate, and eventually developed our method of creating art.


Was buildinga work dynamic difficult for you at all and if you hadn’t begun working together, how do you think your artistic styles would be different today?


The building of our work dynamic came about very naturally, we each offered something that the other didn’t have. Jason was trained as a graphic designer, and I was an illustrator. Had we not joined forces I guess we both would have evolved, but only in our respective areas of art.



Have you ever been to London?

Jason had been to London about a decade ago, I have never been.


Will your work for the upcoming show consist of any British influences for this show?

I don’t think there will be much in the way of British influence on our art. Most of the influence on our art comes from 1950’s to 1970’s Advertising and typography. We take the ideas from that era and remix with a fucked up broken aesthetic.


Did you guys make any kind of alterations to your work for the upcoming exhibition at London Miles because you will be showing to a different audience or, is audience a non-factor for you?


The audience is really a non factor for us. When it comes to our painting we’re doing it for Morning Breath. Our commercial work forces us to keep the client in mind, so when it comes to our personal work, we need the freedom.



You guys have been doing a lot of incredible design work for albums recently, who has been your favourite musician/band to work with?


The Band we had the most fun on the Project was wit

h Queens of the Stone Age. That was one of the fewMusic projects that very clearly let the Morning Breath aesthetic come through.


You recently teamed up the merchandise monster, Upper Playground, to what extent do you feel that this helped you gain recognition?


Upper Playground was pivotal in getting us exposure. In 2006 they published a book of our Art, along with a showin their Portland gallery space. There is also a bit of a connection with Juxtapoz that also brought us to their readers attention.


What is your creative process, how do you amalgamate your ideas?


When we are working on our personnel work there is very much a free flow of ideas, and theprocess is experimental within the confines of our familiarity. Our paintings are a reflection of the tag team approach that we take. We don’t force the evolution of our paintings, but just let our feelings toward them add, or subtract over time.


What is your creative process when working with clients?


When working with clients, we often take an opposite approach than we take with our paintings. Ther is a lot of preplanning and presenting of ideas. I guess you could say it’s much more structured.


Who has been your biggest client to date?


Our biggest client to date has been Universal Music Group. With it’s many sub-labels, and a huge list of Big and small artist, they have kept us fairly busy with work for roughly the past decade.


If you could only choose one, would you rather produce for galleries or continue doing commercial work for clients?


If we could make a comfortable living doing nothing but Gallery art, we would much rather go that route. We both have families, and live in New York. It is very expensive here, and the reality for us is that we need to bring in a solid income if we want to maintain life the way we’ve been living. If we we’re single and younger we probably would give to much a shit about it.


A big thanks to Doug and Jason!



Interview by Tanya Guryel

Monday, 20 September 2010

Daydream Magazine One Night only/ Launch party and exhibition at London Miles Gallery

Its been 3 years, 2 days, 1 hour, and feels like FOREVER! Daydream has been producing and distributing its print based publication by hand in the UK and particular international hotspots.

Supporting and celebrating artists and performers alike, Daydream has been a unique source of fresh inspiration, hosting events and launching editions at the world reknowned M & C Saatchi and the Royal Albert Hall making some fantastic friends along the way.


A change is said to be as good as rest, and now we feel that the time is right to push Daydream into a new online format; thats available to download! The ethos is still the same: A source of fresh, uninhibited inspiration, from all disciplines side by side in societies scrapbook. The new format will allow us to reach a larger target audience, communicate and interact with our readers, clients and copycats. We will still be printing Daydream alongside the online publication, however these issues will be in limited supply and will make up a collectors series.


To commemorate the magazine and the launch of the new online format, we will be hosting an Exhibition of previous Daydream greats at the London Miles Gallery - Westbourne Studios 242 Acklam London W10 5JJ -

Friday 1st October 2010 - 9pm - till late

D'LOGO PARTY

JUSTIN ROBERTSON deadstock 33’s
DIGITAL AFRICAN - NICO LUPO
YOUNG & POSITIVE
PLUS MORE Djs & LIVE PROFORMANCES

The newest party in west london
M&C Saatchi - Graham Fink “ Fucking Amazing!”

ALL happening on Friday, October 1st 2010. from 9pm till LATE! Advance R.S.V.P required for guestlist. Reserve your place NOW!

More Information Here!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Images from the opening of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor










The image from the Opening of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor are now up on
London Miles Gallery's facebook page- go have a look at the incredible night and opening of two wonderful exhibitions.

A big thanks to everyone that came out to support London Miles Gallery and all the artists that took part in the exhibition. Congrats to David Marsh for the opening of his first solo exhibition!

Thanks to our sponsors:
Firefly Tonics, Small Car big City and Brothers Cider! You all helped make it one unforgettable quintessentially British event.


Made In Britain exhibition featured on Amelia's magazine!

Our current exhibition, Made in Britain, opened on Friday evening the 10th of September. It was such a busy night, with over 400 attending guests through out the evening. We will have images for you shortly, but till then take a look at this great review the exhibition has received from Amelia's Magazine.

"So the London Miles gallery’s latest exhibition is a very timely wake-up call to the fact that Pop Surrealism, with its Graffiti and Lowbrow fellow flavours, has a very natural home here in the UK. We’re so culturally jam-packed with icons, ironies and idiosyncrasies, its a recipe fit to burst kola-kube-sour onto your culture buds."

"This is the best show I have seen for a while, in one of London’s tastiest spaces. Energetic, democratic, authentic, and even, dare I say it, affordable. It doesn’t have a big ego, doesn’t puff itself up. It just does what it says on the tin, as gleefully as possible. If Britain’s really got talent for a new dawn, this is the place to watch."

Continue Reading the complete article HERE....

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

London Miles Interview with Fernando Chamarelli




Fernando Chamarelli Interview


Chamarelli. faultlessly creates paintings with brave and unusual colour palettes that demand a viewer’s attention. You instinctively need to squint and look closer to find, the figures, faces and extravagant birds that tower over the smaller creatures in his paintings. His paintings remind me of harlequin clowns and bright carnival costumes (no doubt connected to the artists Brazilian Background), calmed down his thin and intricate black lining. Chamarelli is a UNESP formed graphic designer, recently being commissioned by sportswear giant Umbro to re-design the Brazilian football shirt crest. He is also an illustrator and painter. He is set to take part in a London Miles group exhibition alongside Ekundayo and Morning Breath in October.

(left)Escambo com yansa 60x90cm (acrylic on canvas)




Q:If you could put a name on your style, what would you call it?

I don´t know, maybe Multicultural art



Q:Around what age and stage were you in your education and career, when you created you distinctive style, how did you know that your style was what best represented you?

Ever since I started drawing I made things in several different styles.
I started drawing cartoons, realistic portraits, caricatures, I made tattoo, graffiti and a lot of digital art. During college I had a great time, yet I went without creating anything. After I finished college I started drawing and realized I was doing something different and I thought if I did t
hat with paint on canvas the results could be interesting. That's when I found this style, it was exactly three years ago.




Q:What was growing up in Brazil like?

I was born and raised in a small town nearing the centre of Brazil. A city surrounded by rivers and waterfalls, I had much contact with nature and I think it helped me with organic shapes, colours and the elements that I put in my artworks. There are always animals in my works, especially birds.



Q:Can you give examples of Brazilian culture that is relevant to your work and are there any other cultures that influence you?

Brazilian music is very important to me when I'm creating a new work.
However there are several other elements of Brazilian culture that I put in my paintings:
The fauna, flora, folklore, carnival costumes, artwork of indigenous art, the costumes used in religious festivals, etc.
Brazilian culture is rich,
as are several other cultures.
I like Maori,
Celtic, Egypt and Chinese art etc
And I have a very strong connection with pre-Columbian cultures: Maya, Inca and Aztec.
Actually I try to add elements of different cultures in my work




Q:Are there any general undertones or a general theme attached to the works you have done for you upcoming exhibition at London Miles?

In the paintings that I did for London Miles the main theme is about Gods and myths, but each painting has its own history.




Q:What feeling do you like to elicit from your viewers?

Hmm, that's a good question. Actually I don’t like to impose a meaning onto the paintings and I don’t expect a single type of feeling. If I painted a horse and the viewer sees a dragon, no problem.
I enjoy seeing people's imagination, I let them be free to imagine whatever they want.
My work can mean something for me and a different meaning for another person.
My intention is always to do something I enjoy, something that I enjoy and that makes me happy



Q:How did you first encounter art and when did you decide to pursue it?

I have no artist relatives and I haven’t been drawing since childhood, like most artists.
In my house there were few books, newspapers and magazines. There were little printed images that inspired me to start creati
ng something. I didn’t have much contact with art at that time.
But when I was 14 my friend gave me a super hero comic and I thought these characters were fantastic.
Since that day I never stopped drawing, and over time I had contact with other kinds of art until I started painting.




Q:When thinking of a piece, do you begin with the subject matter or the general colour palette? Because both elements are powerful in your work.

First I always think about the matter, then I think about the colours. I always try to use new combinations of colour, but always intertwined with white, black and gray.
I worry about the colour balance, I like to make sure that similar tones don’t touch each other.


Petroleo 60x90cm (acrylic on canvas




Q:What is your creative process, how do you form your pieces?

First I turn my radio on.

I draw and study the colours on paper.
then I draw and paint on the canvas.




Q:What was it like re-designing Brazil’s crest for Umbro?

The Umbro release a collection of shirts with tribute to the seven teams that have won the World Cup: Argentina, Brazil, France, England, Italy, Germany and Uruguay. It was called The World Champions Collective. I was the Brazilian artist chosen to create a crest for the shirt of Brazil with my style. It was an amazing project, I liked partici

pating

because I love football.



Q:If you could only

choose one area to continue working in for the rest of you life would you rather be a graphic designer,

or a painter?

Well, I’d rather be a painter in the morning, and a graphic designer in the evening.
But if I had to choose between them, I’d want to be a painter.



Dono Do Caatinga 60x90cm (acrylic on canvas)














Interview by Tanya Guryel



Friday, 20 August 2010

London Miles Gallery visits the studios of Xue Wang and David Marsh.

We recently went by the artist studios of Xue Wang and David Marsh. Both artists will be exhibited this September at London Miles Gallery.

Have a look at the videos and visit London Miles Gallery's artist profile pages for more information.
We hope to see you at the opening reception of Made in Britain and Visual Splendor on September 10th 2010.

London Miles Gallery presents Xue Wang from London Miles on Vimeo.



London Miles presents David Marsh from London Miles on Vimeo.


Videos edited and Created by Jordan Searle

Thursday, 29 July 2010

The wild life of Jim Mahfood



London Miles Gallery artist JIM MAHFOOD aka FOOD ONE is seriously unstoppable. From live art paintings, female body decorations, new toy releases, to his new comic book release "Marajuana Man" and signing at Comic Con with Ziggy Marley to his most recent release "Kickpuncher". Jim has just not taken a break and good for him as everything this guy touches turns to gold.

Keep up to date on Mahfood's rockstar lifestyle through his weekly comic LA ink stains, where he writes about his life in LA.
Follow his blog here: http://foodoneart.blogspot.com/

This November, Mahfood will be submitting a piece for our group show at London Miles Gallery so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for new original artwork from the one and only.

Fernando Chamarellli
























Fernando Chamarelli is gaining international attention for his bold and colorful artworks inspired by his home country of Brazil. Coming up in California, opening on August 6th at Gallery AD is Fernando's first solo exhibition, Pangea. This October London Miles Gallery brings his artwork to the UK in a three person show along side Morning Breath from NYC and Ekundayo from Hawaii...

Opening at London Miles Gallery on October 8th....stay tuned for more artwork from these three talented artists!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

A sneak peek at what Alex Young has been up to..



Alex Young is preparing for something special coming up this year..we won't tell you too much other than its going to be a showcase of his incredible, intricate and wonderfully horrific illustrations...

Keep your eyes peeled to see what he has in store..
www.brainofalexyoung.com

Friday, 23 July 2010

This September at London Miles Gallery: Made In Britain / Visual Splendor






























London Miles Gallery personally invites you to our upcoming themed group show ‘Made in
Britain’ showcasing a refreshing selection of artists from throughout the UK which have come together to celebrate all things wonderfully British. London Miles Gallery has hand selected a group of emerging artists to portray their representation of their home country with a 24” x 24” art piece that has been visually inspired by a British tradition, iconic figure or historical memory of theirs.

'Made in Britain' opens to the public on Friday September 10th in Westbourne Studios, home to London Miles gallery. The opening reception will celebrate everything quintessentially British and on display will be a selection of vintage mini’s supplied by the London Mini Company, tasty cider thanks to Brothers and Firefly’s union Jack health drink. The evening reception will include the showcase of more
than 30 artworks, music and a room filled of the UK's best emerging artists.


Also opening on September the 10th at London Miles Gallery:
Visual Splendor, a solo show by David Marsh aka MESH137

London Miles is proud to announce the first solo exhibition of London based illustrator DAVID MARSH aka Mesh 137. Visual Splendor is an exciting showcase of what the talented young artist David Marsh has to offer; the exhibition will feature more than 30 individual works of art creating a literal visual feast for the eyes.

David Marsh is an explosion of color, energy and boldness, his playful character and eagerness to just have a good time is truly infectious. London Miles can guarantee love at first sight with the new collection of artworks presented on September 10th in David Marsh's solo show, Visual Splendor.


We look forward to seeing you on September 10th!

Friday, 16 July 2010

LMG Interview with David Marsh aka Mesh 137



























Born in 1984, London based artist and Illustrator
David Marsh, aka Mesh137 has been systematically rejecting the established 'art world' since he first embarked on a fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam
university in 2003. Horrified at his tutors statements that "there was no place for painting and drawing in the art world anymore” Marsh quickly left Hallam university and enrolled on an illustration degree at Westminster University London. Over three years here, he developed his highly original and instantly recognizable style of work, drawing inspiration from various counter culture movements such as skateboarding, graffiti, tattoo and street art, old records, pulp comics and movies and the art of ancient tribes and societies.

Marsh has a real eye for detail and always aims to give his artwork the highest grade finish possible. Skill and effort pay a huge role in the creation of his art. Some of his larger paintings with their busy compositions involving minute patterning, hundreds of individual crystals and meticulous finishes often require hundreds of hours of careful craftsmanship. His illustration work consists of vibrant interpretations of everyday objects like teapots or foods such as cupcakes, amusing characters like his sassy pinup girls and cutesy pirates and his trademark 'Mesh Band' members with their distinctive red skin, long black beards, facial tribal tattoos and tall, animal horned hats.

But if Marsh believes one thing only, it's that he likes to make pretty pictures - that is, he likes first and foremost for his work to be beautiful. He likes to make pictures and paintings that people actually enjoy looking at. A concept that seems to have been forgotten amongst the so-called 'High Brow' art world for many a decade. Furthermore he doesn't take himself or his work too seriously, after all as he puts it he's: "Making paintings, not saving lives or educating children." As such he displays a healthy and rather sly sense of humour in his work, regularly mocking both the world around him and his own person, with a particular penchant for visual and verbal puns.


Q:What is your artistic Background?

I've always enjoyed making pictures - ever since I was really little I was always happiest when I had some paper and pencils or felt tip pens to draw with. I also loved cartoons, comics, games, graphic novels, films and animation and I think these really pushed me towards wanting to be an artist of some kind, be it an illustrator, animator of painter.

Q: There are many different cultural references in your work, are you well traveled?

I haven't traveled much recently, but I was lucky enough to go to some amazing places like Mexico, Japan, Canada, New York and parts of Europe while growing up. I'd say everywhere I've been has had an impact on my work, but I think the modern and historical visual cultures of Mexico and Japan are the most mind blowing. But then as a massive hip-hop fan New York was like a pilgrimage! I'd certainly like to travel through work more - there can't be a more satisfying feeling for an artist then someone on the other side of the world appreciating your work.
Q:What are your inspirations as an artist?

There's so many! : Old comics - classic romance comics, 'Tales from the Future', 'Amazing Adventures' kinda stuff. Retro playboys, glamour and pinup art. Teapots, cupcakes, shoes, gemstones. Ancient tribal culture/art. Classic Indian, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese art. Modern day street art, graffiti art and pop art. Old records - for the music and the covers! Anything with patterns on, 80's rap lyrics/clothes, the work of author Hunter S. Thompson, B-movie posters, trashy novels Skateboard culture, old skateboarding videos and magazines. Anime and Manga, classic video games, 60's poster art, being an insomniac, dark rum, golden beers, and finally the music, illustrations and artwork of way too many individuals to mention here!


Q: Your artworks are very intricate; you must have a lot of patience. How long does it take on average to create a piece of work?

I can produce a small painting in around a day or two, but one of my larger paintings with all the tiny details like the crystals and patterning can take me up to a couple of months. I like to give my paintings as perfect a finish as is possible which means working very carefully and slowly, but hopefully it pays off in the end!

Q:Which is your preferred medium?
I use a mixture of mediums : paint pens, spray paints, metallic and acrylic paints, crystals and materials like felt. I normally work on wooden boards andblocks because I love the look and feel of the wood and I can get a much better finish then on canvas. I also like to work digitally, producing work on my Mac.



Q:What would you like to put across to viewers with your artwork?

I don't like to take myself or my work to seriously, so I wouldn't say Im trying to get any real message across. I just like to make pretty pictures and have fun with my work. I do like to include a few cheeky/naughty bits in there that hopefully make people smile but I'm not really m aking any statements - maybe just that 'we should all calm down a little, be a bit nicer to each other and try to have fun and enjoy life. Oh and that 'pirate girls are hot'.

Q:Have you ever had artistic block and how did you overcome this?

I’m lucky in that I've never really had a pr oblem with artistic block - if anything I have a problem with having to many ideas at once and never having enough time to do them all! I have about ten notebooks crammed full of little sketches and notes and ideas for future paintings, illustrations, animations music etc. So it's is definitely not an issue for me!

Q:Do you see yourself as part of an art movement or would you rather not be pigeonholed in such a way?

Yes, I'm the founding member of a new art movement called 'Super Dope Spaced Out Next Level Fine Art Pirates'. No not really! But if you feel you must, then stick me with the 'Talented, hardworking people who are doing amazing artwork' movement or failing them the 'Overly modest movement'.



Q:When you create a piece of work, do you create with others in mind or for your own pleasure/indulgence?

When it comes to my art I try to work to my own tastes and make paintings I'd want to put up on my own wall but it's inevitable you'll be influenced by your audience on some scale when your selling work to make a living. And obviously with commercial work you have to meet a client’s brief, which can be quite ridged.

Coming up this September 10th, David Marsh will be presenting Visual Spendor- a solo exhibition at London Miles Gallery.
Make sure you watch this artist as he continues to capture the attention and win the hearts of art lovers all around.

Visit www.londonmiles.com for more information on his upcoming exhibition.
Or visit his blog : www. mesh137.blogspot.com/