Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Home Sweet Home with Aesop Rock

New song and video: Rings, by Aesop Rock.

I've been a huge fan of Aesop Rock since I was about 13. I was introduced to him from my older brother who took me under his Hip Hop wing and taught me all about Def Jux, Anticon, Cage, RJD2, Dos One, Cannibal Ox, Atmosphere ect... Still to this day, I listen to all of them and can't find any current Hip Hop that really hits home or impresses me as much. Aesop for me was always my go to where ever I was, late nights in the studio, walking home from work, sitting in a cafe alone or ridding the train, it was more often than not that it was Aesop blasting through my headphones.

Through my brother and through Hip Hop, I was introduced and fell in love with Graffiti, Pop Surrealism and Urban Art. Back then and way before Urban Art became the global beast it is now, Upper Playground was one of the first brands to combine Art, Music and Urban Culture in California and really played a huge role in forming the Urban Art culture I know and love today. Along side UP, Aesop was a big supporter of art, he worked with Jeremy Fish to do his album art in the very beginning and really helped create this cross over from Underground music and Urban Art.  All of this helped create a platform for this culture to thrive, a culture and community I felt at home with.

Now many years later and on the other side of the world, I still listen to Aesop to bring me back to my roots, to remind me where I came from and who I am. It may seem silly, but not many people in London even know who Aesop Rock is, so I often get strange looks when I sing every lyric from every song on my walk home wearing an Upper Playground t-shirt designed by Jeremy Fish.

But knowing that Aesop is still writing and making the most mind twisting videos makes me very content, it makes me feel at home in some strange way, even though I am no where near where I grew up. No matter where I am, or what I am doing, If I have Aesop playing it all feels familiar.

Ok, I've had my rant and expressed my love for this now go and enjoy his new video, a awesome combination of poetry, art, beats and creativity.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The beautiful work of Colin McMaster

I recently had the joy of visiting the studio of Colin McMaster in London and I have to admit, I have fallen in love with his beautiful paintings. His work transported me back to that feeling of initial amazement I had when I discovered Pop Surrealism about 15 years ago.

Colin is a humble guy, working in a studio built in the backyard of his house in South East London, he dedicates incredible energy and time to his artworks, many of which remain unseen on his studio walls for years. His studio one of those hidden gems, full of scraps of wood, piles of canvases, artworks hung up on every wall, dust covered sketchbooks and pots of paint. He lives and breaths his work and does it for the sole purpose of his own pleasure and viewing. So that is where I had to intervene, I could not let such talent go un-noticed, so am introducing his work to all of you through this little post and am planning his first London Solo show for this Spring.


Colin offered up the following about his work:

"I usually work on panels of wood veneer, framed in linen – a reversal of the traditional materials used. I became frustrated with the limitations of a flat canvas and  tried to incorporate a more 3-dimensional aspect to my work;  producing cut-out paintings assembled from different types of wood veneer cut and glued together, alongside flatly painted segments.  I want the natural shadows created by the relief element of the construction to provide subtle, yet literal depth, instead of relying on merely paint solely for light and shade. "

Keep on the look out for more from this fantastic artist.
More information about Colin's work can be found on my website:

Friday, November 13, 2015

MYA is off to Miami with the DMV Crew

It's that time of year again, when the art world rushes to Miami for a week of total art chaos and I just had to join in on the fun! This December, MYA will make it's debut at SCOPE Miami 2015 with a new collection of works from the insanely talented Da Mental Vaporz crew from France. After the successful solo show we had at Moniker Art Fair, I am really happy to be working with the rest of the crew and introducing their work to the thousands of visitors that will attend Scope. 

The exhibition will present work from BOM.K, BRUSK, JAW, KAN, BLO and collective works including SOWAT and LEK. From December 1 - 6th, we will be located at Stand #B21 on the beach so come by and show some love.

For more information about the artists or the show:
Follow me on instagram to get some preview shots as we set up and get crazy in Miami. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Moniker Art Fair opens Tomorrow night in East London!

If you are in London this weekend for Frieze week, make sure you join us at Moniker Art Fair 2015 for our 6th edition of the fair in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. With over 20 galleries and more than 80+ artists on show, plus 3 curated exhibitions by Moniker Projects and a Jam packed programme of events, it is a weekend of art not to miss out on. The fair opens tomorrow night at 5pm and will be open until Sunday. 
Fair highlights include a solo show by French street artist, BOM.K which is presented by MYA Gallery, the gallery I direct and curate, new works by BETZ from the much loved ETAM Cru, A solo show of new paintings by the famous Bristol stencil artist, Nick Walker curated by Moniker Projects, plus an incredible 50 foot installation inspired by 'Change and Decay' and focusing on the use of bitcoin at the fair.
See the full Fair programme on our website:
At this year's fair, I have put together two talks to be hosted inside the fair.
Friday, at 3pm: Panel Discussion: ‘The Real Value of Street Art’ – how communities benefit through urban murals. The panel will include Teresa Latuszewska from The Urban Forms Foundation, Mark Clack from Wood Street Walls & Lorna Lee, Head of Culture and Heritage Services at the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Hosted by Hannah Hayes-Westall,
Sunday at 3pm - Panel Discussion: ‘The Benefits of Bitcoin’. The panel will include Chris Courtney from myFINBEC, Paul Gordon, Director of Coinscrum, the worlds largest Bitcoin meet up group and Tina Ziegler, fair coordinator of Moniker Art Fair. Hosted by Hannah Hayes-Westall,

I look forward to seeing you this weekend at Moniker Art Fair 2015. Make sure to stop by Stand #3 and say hello to us at MYA Gallery and view the new works by BOM.K.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bom.K opens his first London solo show at Moniker Art Fair 2015

His work is dark, aggressive, strange and yet totally fascinating. He is one of those artists that I would love to spend a late night in a whiskey bar with to pick his brain and try to understand where his crazy visions come from. I love his work, his skills with a pencil and a piece of paper never disappoint. His paintings, always primarily black in colour are so unique in subject that you can't help but just get involved, often making me say out loud, 'Ha...that's so clever.'

So with that, you can imagine how totally over the moon I am to be managing his first London solo show for MYA Gallery. The exhibition, L'impr√©visible Imaginaire opens on Thursday the 15th of October at London's Truman Brewery as part of the Moniker Art Fair 2015.  Now in it’s sixth year Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as of one of most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture, a perfect setting to present Bom.K to the UK market for the first time.

Bom.K's new collection of paintings and over 25+ sketches is a mix-matched selection of various subjects he has been working with as an artist. He presents to the London market a collection of paintings that offer a preview look at themes he will be working with in the coming year.

Born in Paris in the 7O’s, Bom.K discovered graffiti during his youth and went on to create the Da Mental Vaporz in 1999 with Iso and Kan. One monumental wall after the other, the crew continuously kept pushing the aesthetical boundaries of graffiti, developing groundbreaking themes for the times, such as madness, life in the peripheral suburbs, social exclusion, fear and hate.

Since 2005, Bom.K has developed his style in the comfort of his studio, with the same aesthetical insanity and ambition than his exterior works. After previous sold out exhibitions in France and the United States, Bom.K will, for the first time, present a collection of paintings and sketches for the London market. The exhibition, L'imprevisible Imaginaire, includes a powerful look into the various stubjects Bom.K wishes to experiment with as an artist and offers viewers a look into the mysteries behind his unique vision.

Friday, 16th October from 12pm - 9pm
Saturday, 17th October from 11am to 8pm
Sunday, 18th October from 11am to 6pm

Stand #3 at Moniker Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane, E1 6QL, London, UK.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Entre Muros at MYA Gallery

The Entre Muros crew! With Max Ruiz, Jaz, Elian, Inti, Alexis Diaz, Tina Ziegler and Cekis.

On Thursday evening, the Entre Muros exhibition opened at MYA Gallery here in London. We were working up until the very last second to put this show together, but in the end it was a great evening and was so nice to see so many familiar faces out to support this Latin bunch. The exhibition exhibits original artwork from 12 of some of Latin America's finest Street Artists and was curated in collaboration with Max Ruiz from Suben Art Management.

We were lucky enough to have INTI, ALEXIS DIAZ, ELIAN, JAZ, AND CEKIS all in appearance at the opening reception. Along with curator, Max Ruiz from Suben Art Management.

The exhibition will be on show until August.
To view the Entre Muros collection and boxset please go here:

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Entre Muros Boxset - progress shots

To celebrate the Entre Muros exhibition and bringing 12 artists from across Latin America together for the first time in London, we are releasing a limited edition box set of 12 hand customised, signed and numbered prints. Each artist was asked to create one portrait image for the box set, the images were made into one colour screen prints and shipped off to the artists around the world to customise. Here is just a look at some of the finished prints from Curiot, Doma, Rodrigo Branco, Saner and Decertor.

The boxset is limited to 30 editions and will be released on a first come, first serve basis at the opening reception of ENTRE MUROS at MYA Gallery on June 25th. 2015.

More information please contact me at