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Halloween 2014 – Skull Art Exhibition

HALLOWEEN-2014

Is that time of the year again when ghouls, ghosts and all of the macabre come out of the woodwork to play and everyone is okay with it – welcome back Halloween! How we have missed you. Halloween goes hand-in-hand with some of our favourite things – Skulls – and if you haven’t heard already us and our other halves, Skull Appreciation Society, are hosting the biggest, baddest and probably coolest skull art exhibition this side of the milky way – CELEBRABIS VITAE.
CELEBRABIS VITAE SKULL EXHIBITION DEETS:
  • OPENING NIGHT: 31st October 2014 – Halloween 2014
  • TIME: 6pm – 12am
  • LOCATION: BOX STUDIO, 1-3 French Place, London, E1 6JB
  • PRICE: From £10
  • EXHIBITION: Runs from 31st October – 6th November (which also falls on a first Thursday)
  • OPENING TIMES: 10AM – 6PM

Eventbrite - CELEBRABIS VITAE - Skull Art Exhibition - 31st October 2014

 

 

 

 

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The opening night is bang on Halloween, 31st October 2014, and the eve of the Day-of-the-Dead and will be open daily running to the 6th November. We have collected over 45 artists, illustrators and sculptors from around the world and arranged them rather beautifully into one amazing art exhibition. Please join us for one of the most exciting Halloween parties  in London this year, as we celebrate art and the lives of our past loved ones through the iconic symbol that is the skull.
THE EXHIBITION WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A HOST OF OTHER ARTISTS INCLUDING;
MR FOUR FINGERS, SKULL-A-DAY, DAN HILLIER, BEN ALLEN, LAUREN BAKER, IAIN MACARTHUR, KATE KNIGHT, VIRGINIA THE WOLF, PAUL ALEXANDER THORNTON, EMILY EVANS ILLUSTRATION, PAUL JACKSON LIVES, OTTO D’AMBRA, GAKS DESIGNS, DR. BREZAK, ALFONSO ELOLA, VALERIYA CHAVDAROVA, 1STOP, SNEAKY STUDIOS, MR GRESTY, GERARD KING, MARCO BEVILACQUA, BEN RIX, MORTE PHOTOGRAPHY, SEA ON GLASS, MONK STEVENS, AMY NAPPER, MAREK BRZEZINSKI, GAKS DESIGNS, DR. BREZAK, ALFONSO ELOLA, STUDIO CHEHA, MAGNUS SNICKARS, SUSI WHITTAKER, HANNAH ADAMASZEK, PAUL JACKSON LIVES, OTTO D’AMBRA, JEN MUIR, LAUREN MCIVOR, AON BLACK, NORMAL ILLUSTRATION, TOMMY, ALE GONZALEZ, BONEFACE, IN HER GLORY, CULIETTA, PUNCTURED ARTEFACT, HAKU ILLUSTRATION (JACK ROSE), BLACKOUT STUDIO, LE MARKE, KEITH BROOKS, DAVID KRAIG, VJ VON ART & ANDREA TYRIMOS 

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Artwork: Mr Four Fingers

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Artwork: Mariana Villanueva

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Artwork: Iain MaCarthur

 

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Artwork: Dan Hillier

Ben Allen - Psychedelic-Skull

Artwork: Ben Allen

Paul Alexander Thornton

Artwork: Paul Alexander Thornton

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THE OPENING NIGHT WILL FEATURE:
  • Skull exhibition and shop, including goodie bags for first 10 purchases
  • Live drawing by Iain Macarthur
  • Rooftop cocktail bar – Drinks rom £2.50!
  • Face Painters – Free
  • Tarot card reader – Free
  • Toast and tribute to celebrate the lives of our past friends and family
  • DJ
  • Competitions

BUY TICKETS HERE

 

Rhyming Slang – Exhibition

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It’s that time of the year again for another Mr Gresty Exhibition at another East London pub. This time we, together with a number of other artists and illustrators, we are exploring the East London vernacular through our own interpretation of the well-known cockney rhyming slang.
We toyed with a few ideas but in the end, Doug decided on Lemon Squeezer (geezer) as he has a fascination with drawing hands. These are also his hands squeezing real lemons so it’s like hand-ception or something.

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A bit about the exhibition and the featured artists:
The dialectal English from the East End of London. The construction involves replacing a common word with a rhyming phrase of two or three words and then, in almost all cases, omitting the secondary rhyming word. A process called hemiteleia, making the origin and meaning of the phrase elusive to listeners not in the know.Art by. Sarah Underwood Illustration / Nathan James Page III / Paul Wright / Claire E Hind / Emma Russell / Livi Whitworth / Philip Morgan / Mr Four Fingers / Tim Easley / Tiff Howick / Miranda Holms / Luke Routledge / Nic Morley / Bethan Hodges / Mr Gresty
Join us on Friday for the opening night of Rhyming Slang

Snatch – ‘Orrible Kant

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This was my 4th attempt at drawing this ‘Orrible Kant (yes I know it’s ‘Cunt’) from the superb movie ‘Snatch’. This mean pig owning bastard is none other than Brick Top. A man so sweet, he does not require sugar in his tea.

This time instead of pencilling first I decided to pen straight to paper using my Pocket Brush Pen. I like the way it turned out. There were a few minor tipex amends of course. I may decide to add some digital colour at a later stage.

I’m slowly creating a series of illustrations based on movie scenes that I partcularly like. So far the only other one I have created is called Bloodbath’, a scene from the film ‘Drive’. We sold that piece as an original and no, I surprisingly don’t have any pictures of it. Doh.

 

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

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As with any ‘artist’ I have a whole bunch of tools at my side, many gathering a little dust, like my Pentel Pocket Brush. I bought it quite a few months ago but since then I seem to have been using my extra fine art pen more. But I’m back to using it, at least a little more and having started using it again, I may not out down again for awhile.

It’s a pretty fun brush, if you can say such a thing about what is essentially a paint brush/pen. What I really like about it is you can go real delicate and fine or create thick strokes by turning and applying more pressure. Works best, for me, on extra smooth paper.

Finished this sketch in my Moleskine with pencil, another medium of colour I want to use more. Maybe mix up pen work with pencils and ink.

The Death Troll – Plastik Schmack

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The guys over at Streets of Beige are at it again with another wicked exhibition, this time with Plastik Schmack .The idea behind the show, is challenging artists to bash the shit outta toys, to break them apart and combine elements to make something new. I expect there will be plenty of weird creations.

This is our contribution. Welcome, The Death Troll. Made from the unlawful union of WWF wrestler and Russ Troll, this evil spawn is rising to wreck havoc. Or adorn your shelf and collect dust. All the while gazing out from his coffin. Watching, waiting…plotting.

The process photos are pretty self explanatory. The head was attached using ‘green stuff’, the same putty that fellas from Warhammer use on their wee models. Putty dries rock solid. I don’t have the camera capacity to capture the glow in the dark eyes or the subtly glowing body after dark, so maybe the guys at SOB can give it a go.

Hope our little evil bastard makes it to Plastik Schmack without the Post Office steam rolling it.

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Celebrabis Vitae Skull Exhibition – 31st October 2014

 

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By now you probably realised that we also run the Skull Appreciation Society, a blog dedicated to sharing the best skulls with you from all corners of the globe. The blog has snowballed and we are in the process of setting up one of the biggest, and hopefully coolest , skull art exhibitions this year - CELEBRABIS VITAE.
The opening night of the exhibition, commonly known as the private view, is going to be taking place on the 31st October 2014 which falls perfectly on Halloween (what are the chances?!) and is going to be a great night celebrating life, skulls, art and other gloriously dark and bone-cracking activities.
The art exhibition will run until the following Thursday, the 6th November, which also falls on the popular First Thursday which is the perfect opportunity to come and drink some free beer with us (if you miss the opening night of course).
We would like to invite you to join us in a celebration of life and art as we salute this iconic symbol and remember the lives of our past loved ones.

THE OPENING NIGHT WILL FEATURE:

  • Skull exhibition and shop, including goodie bags for first 10 purchases
  • Live drawing by Iain Macarthur
  • Rooftop cocktail bar – Drinks rom £2.50!
  • Face Painters – Free
  • Tarot card reader – Free
  • Toast and tribute to celebrate the lives of our past friends and family
  • DJ
  • Competitions

BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR OPENING NIGHT HERE.

CELEBRABIS VITAE SKULL EXHIBITION DEETS:
DATE: 31st October 2014
TIME: 6pm – 12am
LOCATION: BOX STUDIO, 1-3 French Place, London, E1 6JB
PRICE: From £10
EXHIBITION: Runs from 31st October – 6th November (which also falls on a first Thursday)
Ticket prices will start from £10, with a free drink on entry. Guests are encouraged to wear a skull for the show – those that do will be entered into a prize draw to win something skulltastic*.
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A limited amount of early bird tickets are available for £5 with a second tier available for £7.50 when you buy 2.

 

 

Teeth and Silhouettes

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Just messing about with the idea of a silhouette, teeth and messy markers and blackness. Yeah, I use black silhouettes often, err, and teeth , but I wanted to try something is bit looser.

This was created with pen, indian ink, markers and spray paint. It only measures 30cmx40cm. I have ideas for future spray paint murals that have this style and idea in mind. I called it storm but maybe ‘In Mind’ is better. Hmmm.

Great word as well, ‘silhouette’.

Other Hand Illustration

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I definitely have a fascination for hands and the emotion they can convey , either through action or inaction. I have even recently downloaded a ‘How to Hands’ that I will get stuck into soon ; to garner even more knowledge about every artists foe and friend, THE HAND. I drew this hand with some dripping blood and posed  articulation that is meant to convey a  feeling of turmoil and torment.

I like that moment , that close cropped detail of something that has just happened or is about to happen, that leaves the viewer wondering. I reckon the next step is to create a series of these hands in all sortds of scenarios.

This bloody hand illustration, called ‘Other Hand’ was created with dip pen, indian ink and acrylic paint.

Stickerbomb Skulls – Book and Launch Party

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We were invited to be part of a skull sticker book, called Stickerbomb Skulls. The book itself features over 300 skull stickers from a variety of artists from around the world who love illustrating skulls. We even made the cover with one of our skull people. I feel a BOOM is in order.

The book, published by Laurence King publishers, was produced by Studio Rarekwai, a production and content creation collaborative setup by Ryo Sanada and Shazeed Hassan. 

“Stickerbomb Skulls is the latest themed book in the Stickerbomb series, featuring many forms of design and illustrations of skulls by an eclectic mix of artists from around the world. Skulls are a very strong visual icon used extensively in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, graphic design, music, street art and tattoos. The book will appeal to existing Stickerbomb fans as well as new fans who love skull imagery.”

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The launch party for the book is happening at the Kult Gallery in Singapore and they have also invited us to exhibit some of our skull artwork. Unfortunately we can’t make the show but our work will be gracing their creative walls so if you are in that neck of the woods I suggest you stop by.

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Stickerbomb Skulls Launch Party Deets:

Friday 1st August 2014

Kult Gallery, Singapore

18:00 – Late

Facebook Invitation Here. 

Our plans for world domination are slowly taking shape – next stop Singapore!

Sinners Pen and Ink Illustration

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What seems like ages ago ( it was) we dressed Craig and Sharona up in some wrestling mask holding a ‘SINNERS’ sign they found outside their door. Hmm it’s a sign of s ‘sign’. Not sure what I mean.

We took the photos so I had some drawing fodder and the other day I decided to draw one. Here it. Pretty simple. There will be more, maybe like two. Just being realistic.

Created with dip pen and indian ink. Like I mentioned I referenced the photo but decided to ink it straight instead of ink over pencil. I find this way on drawing, on smaller pieces is fun and makes you focus more on relative points and angles etc. I lie like a sack of potatoes, I did pencil on the right arm.

 

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