Weapon of Choice would like to welcome you to 'The Side Effects of Xylene'
A solo show of works from 2008 - present from Hemper.
Opening preview Friday 8th June, 6-10pm.
Weapon of Choice Gallery, 8b Park St, Bristol BS1 5hr.
"I started writing graffiti in 1991 after moving to London in the late 80's. I was largely self taught, trying to start with wildstyle pieces and failing miserably. I then started properly- learning basic handstyles and simple letters and then working my way up to more complex pieces.
It's been an interesting journey and I feel fortunate to have started painting at a time before specialist paint companies and sponsorship and glossy magazines. To me the glory days were before all of this, in the mid 90's, but perhaps I'm just being nostalgic.
Over the years I've painted in different cities around Europe and the USA, worked on various private commissions and festivals and done work for TV and music videos. I think if I'm honest though I enjoy painting as a hobby more than as a profession- it's basically a lot more fun.
I moved to the Bristol area in 2009. The scene here is great, a breath of fresh air after London. I also feel privileged to have met, befriended and painted with some of the best writers in the city.
I suppose I'm best known for painting letters, and I guess that is what I enjoy the most when working on walls. Working on canvas is a different story for me though, and I try to break it up by painting simple characters and abstract pieces as well as graffiti letters."