Urban artist collective Soulful Gallery has been commissioned by brand experience company N2O to supply the backdrop for Japan’s prime brew, Kirin Ichiban’s pop-up Yatai restaurant in the Dray Walk Gallery, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. This will be in-situ from 3rd - 8th August.
Soulful Gallery artists Koze, Squirl, Matt Latchford and Dan Wilson brought their unique urban art styles into full effect to create a downtown Tokyo street scene for the event. The result is a series of Japanese inspired street art walls – complete with hand painted brickwork, graffiti, peeling posters and fantastical traditional and kawaii characters.
Soulful founder and veteran graffiti artist Koze says, “We had serious fun painting the pieces at the studio, mixing up our unique styles to create an edgy but realistic street vibe that we felt wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo whilst at the same time keeping real to our own work. We often work on a large scale but at 22m long and 2.5m high this is our largest piece to date. It took a lot of planning to get every detail right including the brick work, however people’s response has been fantastic.”
Bringing the Japanese street setting to life was what drove the decision to work with Soulful Gallery, according to Creative Director at N2O, Heather Devany. “Soulful Gallery took our original creative brief and created an amazing backdrop for the Yatai. Their attention to detail is astonishing and their mixture of fresh and individual styles creates exactly the urban street effect we wanted. All the artists at Soulful Gallery have been responsive to our feedback, and a genuine pleasure to work with.”
Designed to engage all the senses, the Kirin Ichiban Yatai is…Continue
Posted on August 8, 2011 at 9:32
A dream came true for eleven 6th formers from Clapton Girls’ Technology School on Sunday 3rd July when they helped professional artists put the finishing touches to a gigantic and vibrant community mural in the London borough of Hackney.
All the colours of the rainbow and measuring 2.5 metres x 16 metres, the mural is sited on a wall donated by Downsview Special School in Downs Road, Hackney. It is the brainchild of the 6th formers who - as a group called Tick4change - aim to make a positive change to the image of Hackney. The mural kicks off their vision.
Helped by national charity Envision, the girls pitched their Tick4change vision in a dragon’s den style meeting to get an initial £500 funding from the charity for the project.
The mural was designed and painted to Tick4change’s brief by commissioned artists Koze and Dan Wilson from contemporary urban art based artists’ collective, Soulful Gallery, who donated their time free of charge. Koze, artist and founder of Soulful Gallery who – clocking up 25 years in graffiti art - is a pioneer of the art form, says: “The mural is a great project which, as we worked on it, won the enthusiastic approval of residents and passers by. It’s also a valuable learning experience for the members of Tick4change who handled the project from the start and then rolled up their sleeves to work alongside us.”
To get ideas for mural content, Tick4change held a schools competition and also invited ideas from all sectors of the community. Rasidha, Tick4change team leader, says: “The mural has brought us in touch with with the young and elderly…Continue
Posted on July 6, 2011 at 14:30
Recently postponed due to torrential rain, the fun new community mural for Hackney is now set to go ahead this Saturday and Sunday, 2nd & 3rd July, on a wall donated by Downsview Special School in Downs Road, Hackney.
The huge mural measures 2.5 metres x 16 metres and will be painted by commissioned artists Koze and Dan Wilson from contemporary urban art based artists’ collective, Soulful Gallery, who are donating their time free of charge.
The project is the brainchild of eleven 6th form students from Clapton Girls’ Technology School who have formed themselves into a group called Tick4change, and the community mural We are Hackney forms part of the project. Helped by national charity Envision, the girls pitched their Tick4change vision in a dragon’s den style meeting to get an initial £500 funding from the charity for the project. Their aim is to make a positive change to the image of the London borough.
Koze, artist and founder of Soulful Gallery who – clocking up 25 years in graffiti art - is a pioneer of the art form, says: “The mural is a very exciting and inclusive project which, as well as being inspirational for all who see it take shape, also provides a learning experience for the members of Tick4change. They not only handled the project from the start but now get the chance to work alongside established artists to help complete the painting.”
The students’ hands-on involvement is planned for Sunday, with the eleven members of Tick4change helping Koze and Dan put the finishing touches. Rasidha, Tick4change team leader, says: “This project has been brilliant and worked well on all sorts of levels. Our research has brought us in contact with with the young and elderly of Hackney Borough and we’ve all learnt so much. It also puts a positive focus on Downsview Special School, where the wall…Continue
Posted on June 28, 2011 at 15:31
Due to heavy rain and more forecast, the planned charity backed mural We Are Hackney, due to arrive in a splash of vibrant colours in the London borough Thursday to Saturday 16th- 18th June, is now postponed until further notice.
Commissioned artists, Koze and Dan Wilson of street artist collective Soulful Gallery – who are donating their time free of charge – wait, paints and spray cans poised, for fine weather. Koze, artist/founder of Soulful, says: “After all the months of meetings and planning, it’s a disappointing start, especially for Tick4change who are set to work alongside us part of the time. We’ll be making a start as soon as we can. So watch this space!”
A true community event, the 2.5 metres x 6 metres mural is to be painted on a wall in Downs Road, Hackney, donated by Downsview Special School and suggestions for the mural’s content were invited via a schools’ competition in February. Other parts of the community have also contributed ideas. The We Are Hackney mural forms part of a project that is the brainchild of a group of eleven 6th form students from Clapton Girls’ Technology School who – under the name Tick4change - aim to make a positive change to the image of the London borough of Hackney. Helped by national charity Envision, the girls pitched their Tick4change vision in a dragon’s den style meeting to get an initial £500 funding from the charity for the project.
Posted on June 17, 2011 at 16:06