I have been admiring your lovely street art ladies for quite some time now. Your main subject matter is predominantly female. What inspires your choice of subject matter?
I have loved portraits for some time so I wanted to try it out myself. I started about 5 years ago and haven’t looked back. I paint only female faces because I find the shapes and features more visually attractive. I like the movement in the curves and lines of the female faces, especially African and Afro-Carribean women who are my favourite to paint.
I heard that you were commissioned to create your very first mural at the young age of 11. Can you tell me more about your young start in the realm of art?
I was introduced to hip-hop culture and graffiti art when I was around 8 years old and I was I messing around with tags and outlines from then on. When I was 10 years old I was already out tagging the streets locally and getting into trouble. As I was so obsessed my mother got me a wall to paint on the back of a local school. This was my first legal piece.
You started out creating traditional graffiti pieces on the streets. What inspired you to make the change over to work more on legal, commissioned pieces?
I was always into pushing the art side of graffiti rather than the illegal bombing. I wanted to paint full-colour walls from the beginning and experiment with different skills and techniques. After getting arrested several times I decided to go to art college and continue progressing with my art on canvas and legal spaces.
Your style is very unique. It fuses different skills together such as photorealism, illustration and graffiti letterform. Can you tell me more about your creative process and how you developed your unique style.
Well, it’s a melting pot of all my artistic experiences and influences from over the years. At art college, I looked at lots of other art forms other than graffiti especially abstract expressionists like Paul Klee etc. I always liked to mix styles together but have always kept my primary influence and love of graffiti art. I work in a very spontaneous and instinctive way which allows me to adjust to the wall or space. My starting point is a reference photo which inspires me and the rest just comes when I start painting and breaking down the image in my own unique way.
You recently participated in the amazing #AtThisAge Exhibition for Street Art Mankind, where you live painted at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Can you tell me how you became involved in this project and what the experience was like?
Yes, this was great to be part of. I met the organisers at Art Basel in Miami and loved the concept from the beginning. I like to give something back to the needy through my art. I have a history of doing a lot of community projects and murals in London and I believe that using art in this way to educate, inspire and raise awareness is very important.
What does your creative future look like? Are you working on any exciting upcoming projects?
I’m very busy painting and developing all the time. I have a lot of exciting things to come this year. At present, I am travelling around Europe a lot painting some big murals and at home, I am busy in the studio working on new canvases for the Bartoux Gallery.