444 / AOC mural – Koutoubia, Marrakech

Today is my last day in Marrakech, it’s been incredible! The people are incredible here and the colour and light are beyond beautiful.

Myself, Carlos Mare, Steve More, LX One, Derm and Jaybo all worked on this mural in the heart of the city in front of the long since derelict Koutoubia Hotel. So many local thanked us for our gift and one man, Mohammed even helped us paint the wall.

I shall definitely leave this country with renewed faith in mankind.
Plus a few amazing memories and colours.


Koutoubia


The incredible Mohammed, our painting assistant.

442 / Unfolding – Agents Of Change in Marrakech 01

So far we’ve painted a mural in the heart of Marrakech with the worst materials known to man and 40 plus degree heat… Almost lost one of the team to heat stroke, climbed a mountain and opened a wonderful show to a even more wonderful crowd.
Here’s a few pics from the first couple of days. Many more to come…

441 / Girl at a window ‘After Rembrandt’

I am currently in 40 degree heat in Marrakech with the Agents Of Change, but more on that soon enough…
For now here is the big mural Jason System and myself painted last weekend as part of the Dulwich Festival.
The painting is a modern reinterpretation of both Rembrandt’s ‘Girl at a window’ and Poussin’s ‘Triumph of David’.


Girl at a window ‘After Rembrandt’ by Remi Rough and Jason System


Girl at a window by Rembrandt.

440 / Excuse my French / Remi Rough & RCF1

I’m off to Marrakech in just 5 days for the Unfolding exhibition with my fellow Agents of Change and immediately following on from that I am showing in the prestigious Galerie Celal in paris with my old friend and great painter RCF1.

I shall be showing new collage works and all new paintings for this show. It’s my first proper show in Paris following the Graffuturism show at Openspace Gallery last month.


The rising guard
Paper collage on paper
84.5cm x 59cm

439 / X-Rainbow 4 by Shok1

Shok1 and myself have been working together on some major moves of late. But when I saw this recent piece he did, which was sadly gone over within hours of it being finished… I was utterly blown away!

There used to be an unwritten law back in our day that you’d only ever go over something if you could burn it. Alas I don’t think anyone adheres to that law anymore…

Well whatever, here’s the painting!
Enjoy…

438 / Adventures in Paris

Graffuturism Paris -
At Openspace Gallery


The then and the now
Mixed media on canvas
80cm x 80cm


Untitled collage
30cm x 30cm


Breaking Silence by Jaybo
Spray paint on canvas
120cm x 100cm


Saint Peter by Poesia
Mixed media on canvas
91.5cm x 68.6cm


Weatherproof II by Nawer
Mixed media on canvas
70cm x 50cm


Nawer


Poesia

The wall -


Me, Nawer and LX One


Nawer, LX One & Remi Rough painted as part of the Graffuturism Paris exhibition

Lokiss – Gonzo Style -
Original Graffuturist From over 20 years ago…

437 / Graffuturism Paris – collage 04

So I am off to Paris in just a few days… Painting a nice wall (weather permitting!), and showing 3 new pieces in Openspace Gallery as part of the Graffuturism Paris exhibition.

Here’s one of the collage pieces I will be showing there.
More photos soon…


Collage 04 – 2013
Collage with various papers (framed).
84 x 59.4 cm

435 / Unfolding

This May sees the first Agents Of Change project of 2013 at the David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech.
Carlos Mare, Derm, LX One, Steve More, Jaybo and myself will all be showing new work and making some external interventions too.

Been looking forward to this one for quite a while.

Unfolding
A group show featuring six members of the international art collective Agents of Change

The David Bloch Gallery is proud to present Unfolding, a group show by six members of the international art collective Agents of Change, renowned for creating environmental work on a monumental scale. As well as collaborating as a collective, each artist has pursued art careers in their own right, showing to audiences throughout the world.
Each of the participating artists share a common language that originated from the graffiti art explosion in the late 70’s and early 80’s. In the following decades their work has progressed and diversified to create its own distinct and refined voice. A deep-rooted understanding of form, material and space has allowed the artist’s work to unfold, expanding outwards toward new contexts.
Unfolding showcases artists whose work incorporates a strong leaning toward plasticity – using a wide variety of media to produce work ranging from painting through to sculpture and installation. Through experimentation with new materials Unfolding will bring about an examination of new journeys and the opportunity to exploit future dialogues within a well established aesthetic.

Agents of Change are a collective of 12 artists who attack space. Formed in 2009, the international collective create work that responds on a site specific basis, integrating both the aesthetic and historical resonance of the environment they’re working in. Each project brings greater potential for innovation, both on a practical level in technique and on a more emotive basis in dealing with ever larger historical and political ideas.

Participating Artists
Carlos Mare aka Mare 139 (USA)
Mare is a NYC based sculptor/ painter/ scholar/ US Cultural Ambassador who in 1985 pioneered a novel version of urban graffiti as modern sculpture. Throughout his career as a sculptor, Mare has consistently brought innovation to the genre’s aesthetic and vocabulary. His metal sculptures are inspired by his interests of form, light, space in an architectural environment. His admiration of early avant-garde art and sculpture inspired the merging of aesthetics between ‘graffiti’ styles and the modernists of the early 20th century.

Derm (UK)   
Derm’s work is based on a combination of abstracted typographical forms, architectural influences, and graphic and geometric shape. Taking inspiration from the colours and textures of the natural, urban and industrial environments in Scotland, he makes work in found spaces that responds to and comments on the aesthetics of its environment.

Jaybo Monk (France/Germany)
Jaybo (1968) is a runaway, setting out and wandering along in a physical as well as in a creative sense – urban subculture is the driving force behind his artistic activities. This is especially true of his paintings, which are erratic and chaotic as they directly quote various fragments of what surround him – often plumbing great psychological depths, thematically speaking, with lightness meeting existentialistic melancholy, aggressiveness meeting passion and a seemingly standard romantic streak and visionary dimension.

LX One (France)
LX explores the pixel, the smallest unit, as a means to research the base of form, and the skeleton of colours. He works to the beat of geometry, the noise of shapes and a system of tensions in free space that response to architecture, urbanism and design. Inspired by Piet Mondrian and Vasarelly, LX One portrays the absolutes in life: Vertical and horizontal lines.

Remi Rough (UK)
There are few artists whose recent works could be described as “painting visual haikus” without the reader needing to roll their eyes, but Remi Rough is one of them. South London born and bred, Remi has been breaking boundaries with the aid of a spray can and a paintbrush for over 27 years. Transcending the traditional and somewhat idealised vision of a graffiti writer, he is passionate and unforgiving in his creative progression.

Steve More (UK)
Steve More uses materials from his surrounding environment to create abstract works concerned with the passing of time, decay and regeneration. In 2005, following 20 years as a graffiti artist, More switched from painting on the city surfaces to focusing on the inherent qualities of the materials that lay beneath. He works with materials such as concrete, bill posters and found objects to explore wider concepts of urban life. His work is often highly textural occupying a space between painting and sculpture.

David Bloch Gallery is located at 8 bis rue des Vieux Marrakchis, 40000 Marrakech, Morocco, and Unfolding will run from May 10 to June 8.