The weather has been incredible and Jim was getting itchy trigger finger. We set him a challenge to paint all four panels on Great Eastern St in one day, no backup, no support just a big bag of paint and a handful of caps, Basing the production on one of our favourite film franchises, Alien, by Ridley Scott and HR Geiger, and imagined by Raymond Swanland – visionaries all. We can’t wait to see what Prometheus brings to the science fiction table later in the year, if you haven’t heard about it better educate yourself with the link below.
The epic Alien production proved that the Samurai Painting style ( No Thinking Just Movement) and offshoot of the Shaolin Shadow painting School can cover large areas with style and grace without getting caught up in indecision and monotony. This confident application of paint shuns the status quo of run of the mill photo-realism and adopts ultimate fun as its core principle. You should be able to see the paint strokes, the mistakes, the artists own true style and not hide behind technique and glossy reproduced image. The spray can is king and influences the final production.
Photos by Toby Summerskill and Adverse Media.
And you can see the video of the mural here too: