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I first became aware of graffiti as a subculture at the age of nine. Whilst holidaying in France, we stopped at a service station and my mum brought me my first copy of 'Bomb It' magazine, which I still have on my shelf today. I remember just wanting to find out everything I could about that art form - How it was done, why and mainly WHO was doing it? From then on, letter based graffiti became my obsession and I made it my mission to find out everything I could about it. I had always known I wanted to do something creative from a really young age. I started painting graffiti at the age of 13 and would fill sketch books with tags, doodles and made up character sketches. I was creating art for my own enjoyment at that stage, I had no idea I'd be able to make a career out of it. After a brief stint in New York working in video production in 2017, I returned home and turned my attention back to art, with a focus on pushing my own style forward - the disintegration of pop culture. I've always been a huge fan of cartoons, my favourites being Ran and Stimpy (although I've never actually painted them!) I like a lot of the fringe characters too, the big chief from Peter Pan, the alley cats from Tom and Jerry - and it's always got to be the villains! Although if I had to paint any character 10,000 times it would have to be Mickey Mouse. He's so versatile, you can pull him apart and his iconic figure is always recognisable. My Focus is on creating work that is a satirical play on these much-loved cartoon characters, I take them from their fantasy world and portray them in real life.

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I first became aware of graffiti as a subculture at the age of nine. Whilst holidaying in France, we stopped at a service station and my mum brought me my first copy of 'Bomb It' magazine, which I still have on my shelf today. I remember just wanting to find out everything I could about that art form - How it was done, why and mainly WHO was doing it? From then on, letter based graffiti became my obsession and I made it my mission to find out everything I could about it. I had always known I wanted to do something creative from a really young age. I started painting graffiti at the age of 13 and would fill sketch books with tags, doodles and made up character sketches. I was creating art for my own enjoyment at that stage, I had no idea I'd be able to make a career out of it. After a brief stint in New York working in video production in 2017, I returned home and turned my attention back to art, with a focus on pushing my own style forward - the disintegration of pop culture. I've always been a huge fan of cartoons, my favourites being Ran and Stimpy (although I've never actually painted them!) I like a lot of the fringe characters too, the big chief from Peter Pan, the alley cats from Tom and Jerry - and it's always got to be the villains! Although if I had to paint any character 10,000 times it would have to be Mickey Mouse. He's so versatile, you can pull him apart and his iconic figure is always recognisable. My Focus is on creating work that is a satirical play on these much-loved cartoon characters, I take them from their fantasy world and portray them in real life.

EXHIBITIONS

EXHIBITIONS