Category Archives: Visual

Featured Artist – Steve Miles

Originally from Warley in the West Midlands, Steve Miles moved to the Isle of Wight in 1994 and has worked as a Graphic Designer for various Island companies, including current employers Stainless Games Ltd. as a Graphic Designer and Artist on video games.

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He began painting graffiti in the early 1980s under the tag Toxic363. and at an early age was introduced to what was, at the time, a little known cultural phenomenon from the States called ‘Hip Hop’.

Steve recalls: “My next door neighbour had an American cousin who came to visit one summer.

“He was a great break-dancer, and brought with him a magazine about Hip Hop that featured the now legendary Rock Steady Crew. I was not much good at the ‘breaking’, but was intrigued by the graffiti section of the article that featured the Bronx ‘writer’ Brim Fuentes.

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“I was really into drawing so I started to get in to the graff’, practising my own letters every day at school and often into the early hours of the morning at home, I was hooked like some kind of alphabet junkie!”

Spending his teenage years painting Graffiti, Steve found himself involved with various crews, most notably TIC (The Imperial Creations), an affiliation that endures today.

After leaving school in 1989, he worked for various companies in the print industry and learned the traditional processes at the time – pasting up artwork, making colour separations, working out type scales, etc – all of which now sound like processes from ancient history, following the advent of the digital print revolution that took place not very many years later.

Steve recalls:”It was a largely technical industry, which only marginally tallied with my real love – painting graffiti and making art.”

To contact Steve Miles or take a more detailed look at what he does please click on the links here for his website and Facebook

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Scabbage

Scab’s mediums know no bounds.

Great BritainHis origins, he told me, are in roughly drawn comic books, produced to vent his frustrations as a child who then slipped into the dirty underbelly of London’s underground graffiti scene.

Since then, he has moved into delicate pencil sketches, deeply intuitive photography, oil painting, many forms of professional illustration and mural work, animation, creative writing, tattooing, plasticine creations and modifying found objects.

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This makes it impossible to describe his style in any general way, but the more I allowed my eyes to consume his offerings, the more reoccurring themes began to appear.

He has a definite fascination with a few specific things: almost every piece presents a myriad of distorted characters with nightmarish proportions; exquisite expressions on grossly exaggerated features which somehow retain incredible realism and breath-taking detail.

Despite the churning of my stomach, I also found a hugely compassionate side to Scab’s work. 

His creations are shocking, sure, but they have that deranged sympathy which ties into the inevitable truths of the real world.


Ironically Scabs’ artwork has earned him a couple of nights in a prison cell and by the same token a place in the finals of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year competition.  

 


To contact Scabbage, click here for his website, where you can take a look at more of his artwork and check in with the man directly.

*Words c/o Jared Wayne (juicenothing.com)

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Debbie Chessell

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a host of captivating visual portraits when passing the Isle of Wight’s premier art shop: ‘Forget Me Not’. Astoundingly it turned out to be the work of a 17 year-old.

Debbie Chessell - June Artist 2Debbie Chessell is, it transpires, not only a fantastic painter, but also a talented photographer and designer. For those reasons I was ecstatic when she agreed to be the featured artist for June.

Subjects range from political figures such as Rosa Parks to musician Jack Johnson, the sultry Marilyn Monroe and even Isle of Wight based professional body piercer, Emma Melson.

So, enough waffle from me – take a look at the gallery below! All contact details for the artist are at the bottom of the page.

 

Take a look at Debbie’s website or Tumblr, where you can get in contact and gain further information.

 

 

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.