On a recent visit to Ireland we were fortunate to catch some of the works of artist Joe Caslin. We were en route to the Aran Islands on the west coast and photographed two of his large scale portrait drawings in Limerick and another at Comerford House, adjacent to the iconic Spanish Arch site in Galway city.
The three works are part of Caslin's Our Nation's Sons Project in which the artist plans to install large-scale portrait drawings of young men at specific locations throughout Ireland over the course of the year.
"As a nation we have pushed a significant number of our young men to the very edges of society and created within them feelings of neglect and apathy. It is now time to empower these young lads and give them a sense of belonging", he says.
Below is a short film of the artist at work installing the large scale wheat pasted illustration in Galway.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Melbourne-born, Berlin-based artist James Reka touched down in London earlier this week ahead of latest solo exhibition titled 'Trip the Light', at East London's Stolen Space Gallery. Following on from his UNTOLD exhibition earlier this year at Melbourne's Backwoods Gallery, Trip the Light will see Reka present a whole new body of work in what is to be his debut London show.
Hookedblog have long been fans of the artists character works, following their evolution from the early days of simple black and white based line drawn characters seen pasted up on the alleyways of Melbourne right upto to the meticulously detailed colourful murals and works in his now iconic style that are to be seen across the globe. We are looking forward to the opportunity to see this collection of ten new canvas works here in London along with a series of painted found objects which will accompany these larger works. Rusty spray cans, bottles and pans are some of the painted object we can expect to see which are often found by the artist on painting missions around Berlin's abandoned warehouses.
We briefly caught up with James earlier in the week as he began redecorating one of his own London murals with a fresh colour palette and a mural titled ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’. The new work located on Chance Street in Shoreditch.
The finished mural.
Reka’s “Trip the Light” opened at StolenSpace Gallery in London on September 11th with a private view and will continue at the gallery until the 4th October 2014.
StolenSpace Gallery — 17 Osborn Street — London — E1 6TD.
We've been pinning some of our favourite REKA pieces both outdoor and indoor work onto our dedicated REKA Pinterest Board so go have a look at some of the artists other work.
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Early last summer I received an email asking if I was free that weekend to possibly take some photographs and hang out at a secret Cambridge countryside location with a few urban artists.
Following a number of phone calls and emails all which were a little vague and short on info, I took a gamble and said yes. The following day I bought myself a train ticket to Cambridge with no real idea of where exactly I was going, a phone call later on arrival into Cambridge train station followed by a short wait and I was picked up and driven to a remote countryside warehouse.
Turns out the few artists was actually 14 artists from six different countries who Propa Stuff had invited to spend the weekend creating, collaborating and hanging out in the countryside location. Many of the artists we had met before in London or in other locations and some we were meeting for this first time and included
Alice Pasquini, Ciroschu, LNY, Mateus Bailon, Max ‘Ripo’ Rippon, Miss Van, Malarky, Mr Gauky, Mr Penfold, Pener, She One, Shery, The Yok and Richard Watkins.
With the summer sun blazing all weekend, DJ's on the decks keeping the music going, spray paint fumes and paint flying around, free flowing beer and barbecues, this gathering had a festival feel to it but on a more chilled out tip. This event allowed the artists the freedom to be creative with no surface outta bounds, warehouse walls, doors all got painted up with individual pieces alongside some collaborative murals. The space also housed an array of old objects, from vintage signs, furniture, old photos and other bits of old junk which were redecorated and transformed into beautiful pieces of art by the artists. A number of artists turned their hand to sculpture for the first time pulling apart old bit of furniture and creating new 3D works.
Now just over a year after the event, Propa Stuff are coming to London to host an exhibition at Downstair at Mother on Red Church Street were they will showcase some of the best pieces of work creating by the invited artists over that summer weekend. They have also invited artist PENER back to London were he will be taking over one of the walls at Mother with some live painting. Music on the evening will be provided by DJ Vadim and Nickname with live music by Vukasin Markovich. Check out the promo video below.
The Propa Stuff exhibition opens Thursday September 4th and again on the 11th from 7pm – 10pm.
Downstairs at Mother, 10 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Brazilian design and illustration collective, Bicicleta Sem Freio which translates into “Bicycle Without Brakes, have rolled into London with one of the collective's trio working over the weekend to create this visually eye catching mural just off Brick Lane in East London. Hookedblog caught up with the artists as they worked on the mural over the last three days. Check out some of our photos of the artists at work as well as the completed mural below. Shout outs to our friends at JustKidsOfficial who hooked Bicicleta Sem Freio up the wall.
Find Bicicleta Sem Freio online:
Bicicleta Sem Freio website
Bicicleta Sem Freio Instagram
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Since 2005, the continued hard work of NuArt's founder and director Martyn Reed along with his teams has seen the festival grow into one of the must see highlights on the street art calendar. Alongside the outdoor street interventions and annual group exhibition (set to open on the 6th September), NuArt has continued to evolve with an ever expanding program of exciting events, workshops, panel discussions and film screening all part of the NuArt Plus series which runs for the duration of the festival.
Carlo McCormick, Peter Bengtsen, Evan Pricco, Natalie Hegert and RJ Rushmore are among some of the invited speakers who will be hosting and talking at various events during this years NuArt Plus. Also in attendance is Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art who will bring their successful BSA Film Friday's to NuArt Plus with a collection of graffiti inspired videos from around the globe. Other film highlights will include the screening of the Os Gemeos film 'Cidade Cinza'.
Outside, the streets of Stavanger will see the addition of fresh new works from this years invited artists who include: Andreco (IT), Borondo (ES), Dotdotdot (NO), Etam Cru (PL), Fra.Biancoshock (IT), Icy & Sot (IR), John Fekner (US), Leval (FR), M-City (PL), Martin Whatson (NO), Mathieu Tremblin (FR), SPY (ES), Strøk (NO), Tilt (FR), ± Maismenos ± (PT)
Opening weekend 4 — 7 September 2014
Nuart Plus talks, debates, film screenings and tours , 4th-6th Sept.
The Nuart exhibition opens on Saturday 6th September at 7pm.
For a full program of event hit up the NuArt website and check their promo video above.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Hookedblog recently shared some images of a Vhils piece (covered here) tucked away down a side street just off Bethnal Green Road (the station end) on the exterior wall of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. The piece was created for the Phytology* Project, a research base project launched by Nomad in association with Cape Farewell and the Teesdale & Hollybush TRA. The Vhils work was one in a series of year-long artist commissions taking place in the Reserve.
The latest commission for the project saw Sickboy redecorate a billboard over the weekend with a site specific piece of work for the project. The vibrant piece in the artists signature style and colour palette really pops against the backdrop of the plants and trees in the nature reserve.
The Phytology and the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve is set to close for the year on August 30th, 2014 but the project will continue on their digital platforms throughout the Autumn and Winter months. The Vhils piece is located on the exterior street wall and no appointment is needed to see it. The Sickboy billboard is just about visible from the street.
For addition information on the project, the thirty-two species of wild plants they have sown and the upcoming planned event and commissions visit the Phytology website.
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9RR, London
In other Sickboy news, there is less than a week to catch the artist's excellent 'Make It Last Forever' exhibition currently on display at the Outsiders Gallery in Soho, London until the 30th August. You can check our coverage of the exhibition on the blog here or go and see it in person if you are in London.
We've also been pinning some of our favourite Sickboy pieces both outdoor and indoor work onto our dedicated Sickboy Pinterest Board go have a look at some of the artists other work.
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Stickerbomb Skulls is the latest themed book in the super-successful Stickerbomb series, which sees Studio Rarekwai partner up once with publishers Laurence King for this release. As with the previous titles in this series, Stickerbomb, Stickerbomb 2, Stickerbomb Monsters and Stickerbomb XL (covered here) this new publication is jam packed with a cool collection of over 190 original fully peelable skull stickers from artists around the world.
Existing Stickerbomb fans, sticker lovers, as well as fans who love skull imagery will be impressed with the eclectic mix of illustrators and street artists who have contributed works to be made into die-cut stickers for the book. Ryo Sanada and Shazeed Hassan of Studio Rarekwai have curated another strong collection in this quality publication which will have you peeling stickers from the book and slapping skulls on everything you own.
The Stickerbomb Skulls book has now been released and copies are available to buy online on Amazon hereand in major bookstores. You can also win a copy of this new release, details are at the bottom of the post.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The last week has seen a number of new walls getting a fresh lick of spray paint around Shoreditch in East London. One of those walls getting redecorated saw London based Australian artist Jimmy C aka James Cochran creating a new mural in the energetic pointillist / drip style that has become associated with the artist. Entitled ‘Cosmic Mind’ and featuring a portrait of a woman, this vibrant new piece from Jimmy C can be seen in person at New Inn Yard, just off Curtain rd and Great Eastern St.
To see some of Jimmy C's other Shoreditch murals and to get an idea of how the artist creates works in what he calls his aerosol pointillist style, have a look at this Our Paint, Our Message film, shot by motion photographer Randy Larcombe. The film below catches up with Jimmy C working in his studio and follows him on a tour through the constantly changing streets of Shoreditch.
Find Jimmy C online:
Jimmy C Website
Jimmy C Instagram
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
We shared an image of this Vhils piece on our Hookedblog Instagram account yesterday and have since had a lot of people asking for it's location, so we thought we would share some additional images and a little info about the piece, oh and of course the location for those of you wanting to see the piece in person.
Tucked away down a side street just off Bethnal Green Road ( the station end) in the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve is Phytology*, a research base project launched by Nomad in association with Cape Farewell and the Teesdale & Hollybush TRA. The term Phytology* is a rarely used 17th century word meaning botany and this action-research project is about bringing together artists and botanists to explore the ecology & medicinal properties of wild plants and weeds common to derelict and undeveloped urban sites.
Situated within the north west corner of the Nature Reserve, this new medicinal plant field is being celebrated with a series of year-long artist commissions taking place in the Reserve and the Vhils piece pictured was one of these commissions.
Phytology is open until the 14 September 2014, Friday and Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, or at other times by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Admission, free.
The Vhils piece is located on the exterior street wall and no appointment is needed to see it!
For addition information on the project, the thirty-two species of wild plants they have sown and the upcoming planned event and commissions visit the Phytology website,
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Middleton Street, Bethnal Green, E2 9RR, London
Monday, August 04, 2014
Make it last forever opened on a super humid summer evening on Thursday 24th July and marked Sickboy's first London gallery appearance at the Outsiders space. Having forgotten to rsvp for the opening party we almost didn't make it into the space as the gallery was packed to capacity with the crowds eventually spilling out onto the streets outside.
The Make it last forever show featured an all new body of work, giving us a glimpse into the colourful and twisted world of Sickboy! Large scale canvas works, paintings on aluminum, drawings plus an elaborate large installation designed specifically for the lower gallery space. Also on show was a display case featuring some of the artists treasures from his personal collection along with some laser cut and etched wooden and perspex editioned objects, one of which was included in the Sickboy coffin we unearthed a week prior to the exhibition opening, when we took part in Sickboy's London Tresure Hunt (covered here).
As is often common at preview evenings it was difficult to take in all the work with so many people in the space from buyers, fans, family, friends and a whole bunch of artists in attendance showing support and sharing a beer. Another visit was a must for us and returning to the show allowed us the space to absorb some of the crazy details and characters in Sickboy's canvas work. Below are a selection of the images we captured on our return to the Outsiders.
#MakeItLastForever will run at the space until Saturday 30th of August 2014.
The Outsiders — 8 Greek Street — Soho — London — W1D4DG
We've been pinning some of our favourite Sickboy pieces both outdoor and indoor work onto our dedicated Sickboy Pinterest Board go have a look at some of the artists other work.
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