What we loved most about the show aside from some pretty sick art was the added originality. The LAIDBARE exhibition had an interactive illustrative demo where people who had come to support could get involved with the exhibition and show their own artistic side. Another great thing to come from the collab was this cheeky little piece that Bareface created especially for Amigos. Using the Amigos bottles to make a wicked headdress and our bottle taking centre stage in the piece it was a cool way to tie us personally to the exhibition.
Street Art Showcase: Bareface
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His work quickly gained recognition in the UK and internationally when he started pasting his eye catching logo and art pieces around London. His reputation is rapidly rising sell out solo shows and group show features in Australia and the USA. In our selfie-obsessed world, the face has become a brand, a product to be marketed and promoted. The face we put out there has been carefully crafted to evoke desire, to seduce, to sell a fantasy. Bareface strips his images from their original context, and playfully reworks them in a way that forces us to focus on nothing but the face. And while we stare at his portraits, they look back at us, with an acted confidence and false sexuality, slowly revealing its lie. An unsettling blank canvas that invites you to fantasise your own image of him. Allowing you to customise his face to your liking and thus creating the perfect product. Quick View. Secret Power Of Kung-Fu.
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There we met artist Bareface , the man behind the solo show. We were eager to find out more about his exuberant pop art style, so caught up for a chat. Croydonist: We very much enjoyed your exhibition last month. Can you talk us through how you came to mix street art with pop art? Bareface: As a child, I was obsessed with American pop culture. I spent countless hours in front of the TV watching American cartoons, action packed TV shows and reading comic books. My favourite movies, musical styles and pop stars were American and when I would role play with my action figures it would be in an American accent, so you could say I was americanised from a very young age. When I started to explore my artistic side in school, naturally it was influenced by these very things that sparked my creativity, so you could say I was always making pop art. Through my americanisation, I discovered hip-hop and its many elements including graffiti which has now evolved somewhat with the explosion of street art creating a more fine art aesthetic. I always loved the look of the splatter and drips of spray cans and marker pens and it is something that I try to incorporate in every piece I do, tipping my cap to the style that I admire so much.
Yes have moved away from family at 7 months pregnant to knowing no-one and starting from scratch and having no support network especially from husband who couldn't wait to get away and had the cheek to say he dreaded coming home some nights, poor him, I dreaded being home most days. Yes, do sever the relationship. Keep your options open. I have heard for ten years that my spouse is "second fiddle. We try to make this place a little better than we found it.