506 / My top 10 art makers of 2013

Another year has come to an abrupt end… For me personally this year has been utterly amazing. I’ve achieved some things I really wanted to achieve and made, what I think is some of my best work to date.

As always within that journey I have so many people to thank for pushing and inspiring me. But these 10 artists have been so inspirational in their output and development that I thought they were all worthy of a big mention.

01 – Smash 137 / Adrian Faulkner
Smash 137 has to be at the top for me as I’ve watched his work develop so incredibly over the past year.
His show at Library Street Collective Gallery in Detroit was seminal. His murals have also really begun to take major steps forward this year too.
We’ve been talking about a painting trade for ages now and I really have to make that happen in 2014…

02 – Pose
TenderJ has been making amazing graffiti for years but his shift to a finer pop art style of painting has been exemplary. I love his use of garish colour and the way he disrupts the images.
Another artist I would love to own a piece by.

03 – Augustine Kofie
Augustine Kofie goes from strength to strength every year and 2013 may well have been his best year to date.
The recent mural he did in Mexico City is genre defining. He is the vanguard of the Graffuturism genre and he sells out practically every show he does.
I am very proud to have this guy on my team…

04 – Jaybo
Few artists are capable of being World renown by only their first name but Jaybo is just that.
His recent work in the AOC show in Marrakech and in Amsterdam and his incredible show of Paper works at Soze Gallery in LA were simply amazing. It takes a certain type of person to understand Jaybo’s work. It’s refined and mature yet still has enough of a youthful edge to keep it totally fresh.
Another Agent Of Change who just gets better and better…

He also made the most amazing Cake Decorations for our wedding cake this summer!

05 – Steve More
Steve More is probably the greatest artist you may never have even heard of… He doesn’t roll around the Miami painting walls nor is he up on every single art blog and mag. However he is a master of the studio and his work which has shades of Tapies and Ben Nicholson is outstanding!
He opened his debut solo show at Unruly Gallery in Amsterdam earlier this year and everyone’s jaws dropped as to how good the work was. So much so he has since been approached by numerous big galleries to exhibit with them.
Expect seriously big things from Steve More in 2014!

06 – MadC
The first of two very talented female artists in my list this year. MadC is another artist like Pose who has begun to make really wide steps into the finer art world. Her work on canvas is reminiscent of Kandinsky or Matisse and has a very painterly feel which removes it from the world of graffiti but the forms and colourfield are still steeped in graffiti technique.
Claudia’s walls go from strength to strength and reference her studio work in a big way.

07 – ElMac
El Mac is a portrait artist who has defined his own style like no other.
His walls are huge and and so detailed. Some of his most interesting work to date was actually an abstract piece he did for a show I was also part of at the Yves Laroche Gallery in Montreal.
I’d love to do some work with this guy.

08 – Clare Price
A chance meeting in my local park whilst walking our dogs led me to meet Clare Price. I actually knew her work but meeting her gave me a chance to really get to know it well. Clare is an abstract painter who graduated some years ago from Central St. Martins. Her work is large-scale which I love and is filled with nods to the modern age of technology whilst still being fluid and painterly.
Clare is a true talent, check out her work…

09 – SHOK-1
SHOK-1 has had an incredible year… As well as the numerous collaborations we’ve done together he has completed an entire series of X-Rainbow murals and finally put together his first solo show of works at Pictures On Walls, which I hasten to add has almost entirely sold out. His skill with a spray can knows no bounds and he is a rare breed amongst todays spray can genre as he’s highly conceptual within his work.
Incredible artist…

10 – Risk
Risk is one of my oldest friends in the game. We met in Bridlington in 1989 and have pretty much stayed in touch ever since. His futuristic/retro take on graffiti has taken him to amazing new heights this year. He never stops… He’s always just landing somewhere and then just taking off and somewhere in between he always finds time to paint amazing walls. His new giant colourfield murals are a beautiful reference to his environment. He has also been doing some amazing collaborations with artists all over the world.
A true master of his genre.

505 / Wildstyle Friday with YesBee

Been wanting to paint with YesBee for ages… On of my favourite style writers and a lovely chap too.
It’s great following a truly talented artist online for so long and finally getting to paint with him.

Anyway, here’s the goods. A big thanks to Solo1 for logistics and tea and mince pies!

504 / Flow – Remi Rough & John ‘Crash’ Matos

My New York debut is now less than 4 weeks away.
The work is pretty much all done now and either being framed or somewhere over the Atlantic right now.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the work from Crash and myself…


Remi Rough & Crash


Remi Rough (Detail)


Crash (Detail)

502 / Remi Rough archive

I’ve been wanting to do an archive of the thousands of graffiti pieces I’ve painted for quite a while now and I finally got off my arse to start it.

It’s going to take me a while to get it all on there but I’ve made a start and thats something…

I hope you enjoy looking through them.

Remi Rough Archive


The Orgasmik Experience by Rough, Stylo & Juice126 – Worcester 1989.

499 / I’d love to talk right now but… 1XRun print release!

I have a new print release through the lovely guys at 1XRun in Detroit due in just a couple of days…

The print is taken from a recent painting entitled ‘I’d love to talk right now but…’ which was shown this summer in a group show in Montreal at Yves Laroche Gallery.

The print is 17″ x 17″ Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper and is an edition of only 60!
It’s available to purchase from Tuesday 26th November at 12pm eastern standard time.

http://1xrun.com/runs/Id_love_to_talk_right_now_but

498 / The Garage Project Detroit

I was very lucky enough to be invited to Detroit by the lovely Library Street Collective to be a part of The Garage Project that they curated for a brand new parking garage development.

I was given a massive 100 foot wall to paint and a smaller wall too. Artists like fellow AOC member Augustine Kofie, Duncan Jago, Push, Dabs and Myla, How and Nosm and so many more are all involved so I was extremely honoured…
I hope I can get back out there soon but for now here’s some images.

496 / The Guide to Urban Contemporary Art 2013

I was very lucky enough to be asked to be a part of this periodical.

The Guide to Urban Contemporary Art 2013 brings together a selection of over a hundred artists fromstreet art and graffiti that have made an impact upon the international art market.
The Guide 2013 Graffiti Art magazine is a must for all art lovers and collectors.

This special issue is a real guide to learn all about the most important artistic movement of the twenty-first century. Where to see, where to buy urban art, which artists and at what price?
A publication giving you over 500 pictures and more than 100 articles on established artists and emerging talents.

To purchase the guide –
graffitiartshop.bigcartel.com/product/guide-de-l-art-contemporain-urbain-2013

495 / MTV Staying Alive Foundation

ICONIC MTV EMA CUTOMISED BY LEADING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS TO HELP FIGHT HIV
WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 2013, LONDON

A diverse selection of leading contemporary artists and designers have come together to redesign the iconic MTV EMA to help raise money for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation at a special charity event on Saturday 2 November in London.

In conjunction with curators at The Future Tense, artists Yinka Shonibare, Ryan Gander, Dave White, D*Face, Remi Rough and Lee Broom along with Sabine Roemer and Philip Michael Wolfson have all taken the award and personalised them, finding inspiration from a variety of sources.

Sabine Roemer worked with Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds to produce a stunning version featuring a bird with two one-carat emeralds on its tail, whilst Swarovksi partnered with Philip Michael Wolfson to create a Superman-inspired piece. Dave White took inspiration from his recent Endangered Species series to recreate the camouflage of the Amur Leopard, and Ryan Gander produced a free-standing table lamp as part of an on-going series where the conceptual artist attempts to produce functional objects in an ad hoc manner.

The EMA is the world famous award handed out to winners at MTV’s annual global music awards show, which has showcased the hottest acts in music in a different European city each year since 1994. This year’s EMA show will take place at The Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam on Sunday 10th November.

These specially designed, one-off awards will be auctioned at a special gala event alongside an impressive range of money-can’t-buy lots, including training with the Manchester City F.C. Elite Development squad, a pair of VIP tickets to the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles including business class flights with American Airlines, a game of tennis on the hallowed courts of Wimbledon with Tim Henman and the chance to take on Chess Grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, 38-storeys high at SushiSamba.

Bidding for the lots has begun already online at –
http://gavelandgrand.com/auctions/mtvsaf