CHARLIE SMITH london gallery. The exhibition will feature three large paintings, a salon wall of smaller works and Bomb Chaser, a new documentary that follows Jessop touring the Bronx to visit the locations that he paints with one of his 1970’s graffiti heroes Blade, and Martha Cooper, photographer for the seminal urban art book Subway Art (Thames & Hudson Ltd, London, 1984).
The title Bomb Chaser refers to Jessop’s life long love affair with graffiti. Like many others of his generation, Jessop was first turned onto graffiti by Henry Chalfant and Cooper’s afore mentioned Subway Art. Presented with the book for his birthday in 1986 Jessop never looked back. Initially making drawings from Subway Art he slowly learned the language of the street before taking in formal training at the Royal College of Art; solo shows in Copenhagen, Sao Paulo and London including at the now legendary Rockwell Project; group shows globally including The Saatchi Gallery’s New Blood; and adding the occasional bit of colour to city streets globally.
Private View: Thursday 2 June
Friday 3 June 2011 — Saturday 2 July 2011
Wednesday–Saturday 11am–6pm or by appointment
CHARLIE SMITH london | 336 Old Street | London | EC1V 9DR