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Urban Artfest: Circus Street Market, Brighton, Saturday, May 31
Graffiti artist Pure Evil produced screen prints for £20 and sold them from the back of a bright orange van at London’s Art Car Boot Fair two years ago.
The event is a modern twist on the classic jumble sale and has proved so popular that Peter Blake, Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk regularly turn up to sell their own work to art lovers.
Art fans in Brighton have a chance to sample a little of the car boot fair spirit as part of the Brighton Fringe event Urban Artfest.
After he’s created a large scale one-off for the inside of the old municipal market, soon to be turned into a dance studio, new homes and offices, Pure Evil will be making screen prints live.
As Andrew Milledge, marketing director from artrepublic, says, “the images will be unique. You won’t be able to get them another time.”
Nine other respected street artists will be live spraying over the afternoon. They’ll also share tips about how to create eye-catching street art and continue the workshops which artrepublic has been running over the past month with Tarner Community Project.
Lindsey Alkin, also from artrepublic, which sponsors Brighton Fringe’s visual arts programme and selected the artists to take part in Urban Artfest, says the gallery wanted to showcase a variety of styles.
“They all work on the streets but each one has his own style. Copyright is more stencil and spray paint but also paints lovely faces and voluptuous women.
“We’ve got Dave Walker who works solely on spraypaint and is quite impressionist and unusual.
“Then you have someone like Pure Evil who is very stencil art and block colours.
“They give a variation of how graffiti art can look and allow people to see it is not just one style but a varied medium.”
Artrepublic’s sister gallery, ink_d gallery, has commissioned Ryan Callanan to live print alongside Pure Evil.
Dylan Floyd and Carne Griffiths who normally work on paper with oil and watercolours are going to create new work using different techniques.
The one thing every artist shares is they will all be working live – whether that will be painting inside or outside on the vast warehouse space’s shutters.
Ben Edmonds, artist liaison manager, from artrepublic, says: “The plan is for all the artists to be painting while the event is taking place. Some artists work quicker, some have more complex, larger pieces, but the whole idea is there will be a point where all the artists are painting and there will be a creative spirit running through the building.”
As well as artists making work, there will be live performances from Brighton Fringe stars, including a poets vs MCs battle, craft-making and futsal and Toyhacking activities.
Popular food market Street Diner will take care of the lunch options.
Happy to be back
Bristol-based spray and stencil artist Copyright is happy to be back in Brighton to share his experience with younger artists and to meet fans.
After making his name on the streets, he’s spent more time working on gallery exhibitions and commercial work in recent years.
He misses it. But not too much. “It is not as appealing as it used to be to be out in the middle of the night with a bag full of paint”.
He casts his mind back to being a kid trying to make it. He remembers a police officer threatening him with arrest for painting on a bus shelter.
“I convinced him it was water-based paint and it would wash off in the rain, but it was car paint I’d bought from Halfords.
“He said I’ll be back in half an hour and it better have gone. I had to scrape it off with a credit card!”
In Brighton, he’ll paint a Venetian-inspired work on the outside wall of artrepublic before creating a new piece at Circus Street Market called The Sadness Of Knowing Nothing Lasts Forever.
They both build on recent work for artrepublic inspired by Roman mythology, including a reinterpretation of Proserpina by pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
“It’s a personal painting, which builds on ideas of symbolism and myth about weird emotions.
“There is a shoulder and hand holding a mask over a face. It’s a stencil work with freehand as well.”
The four-metre high work will be seen by only a few hundred people before Circus Street is closed but it will be seen by thousands on the internet once it has been shared.
“The photo will live forever, even if the painting is gone.”
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