I curated my very first art exhibition this year which was sponsored by Converse. Titled 140BPM, the exhibition was heavily influenced and inspired by the Grime subculture. I scouted for the artists myself and took part in bringing the event together. The exhibition was a huge success after gaining nearly 300 RSVPS and special guests to arrive on the night.
The idea for the exhibition stemmed from a body of work I created where i turned iconic Grime albums and songs into movie posters. After going viral on social media, I decided that I wanted to do something much more bigger and better. I've always wanted to have my own art exhibition regardless but I saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring this idea to life.
As an avid gallery visitor, I noticed that I never really saw art that represented me or my culture which pushed me even further to create the exhibition. I decided to chose a topic that was very close to home and something that people like me could resonate with. Grime.
After Converse heard about the idea of having a fine art exhibition on Grime, they were keen to get the ball rolling. The event was turned around in the space of 4 weeks and could not have been any better.
Popular UK artists Dave and Nadia Rose came to the exhibition to show their support too. The reaction to the exhibition on social media was outstanding also. Converse were satisfied and very happy with the outcome and so am I!
Hip Hop and RnB movie posters
I created a series of movie posters where I turned RnB and Hip Hop albums or songs into movie posters. I'm a film fanatic and I also love music. I decided to merge the two together and the outcome was amazing.
Whenever working on an idea or concept, I always use things that inspire me or things that I can relate to on a personal level. RnB and Hip Hop to me is an art form which I wanted to also illustrate through these posters. I found a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest when searching for minimalistic movie style posters.
After tweeting them, hundreds of retweets turned into thousands. I eventually landed over ten thousand retweets on twitter which meant a lot of people had seen my work. Many publications such as The Fader, BuzzFeed, Saint Heron, GRM Daily and more wrote about the posters. The official Grammy's twitter account also noticed my work and tweeted the BuzzFeed article on them which was probably the highlight of them all.
Havaianas x Cosmopolitan Snapchat
This summer I art directed a shoot for Havaianas for their Snapchat story that sat on Cosmopoltian's Snapchat.
My team and I had a range of ideas when it came to thinking of ways to show off the fun, vibrant, popular flip flops. The client ended up going for three of our ideas which went live on the Cosmopolitan snapchat.
HAVAIANAS Snapchat Cosmo FLORAL
HAVAIANAS Snapchat Cosmo BAG
HAVAIANAS Snapchat Cosmo PASSAROS
In the summer of 2014, I joined Live Magazine as a contributor for their online content. Live Mag UK have been empowering young people since 2001 by telling the stories the media won't address. The publication discuss everything from pop culture to politics. Made by young people, for young people.
I joined the team with no formal writing experience other than writing at school. I was mentored by the editors, Frances Aqcuaah and Kieran Yates. Over time, I became more confident with my writing and public speaking skills. I went on to write articles on popular culture, world news and trending topics for the mag.
The Self Study Series
This year I created a self study series where I studied....myself. I felt like I really got to understand myself a lot more this year due to the decisions I've made. Inspired by Jenny Saville's over saturated flesh tones and wide images, I took pictures of parts of my body that I never really paid attention to.