Tonight we’re going to look back to a print collaboration with an artist from the United States that was part of our 2011 exhibition ‘The Black and White Show’, Mike Giant.
Our Arts Business Manager David (who can be seen in an earlier life holding up this fantastic print) spoke to Ben Miller from Culture24 about the then upcoming show:
“Mike Giant is a world class graffiti writer, tattooist, illustrator and artist. His chosen palette is almost exclusively black and white.
In a recent interview, Mike revealed that he is red and green colour blind and didn’t see subtlety in tone and hue.
He feels this works to his advantage in a modern commercial art market, as tattoos need a high contrast colour scheme to hold up over time. So his subject, coupled with a stark graphic, immediately empowers them with this timeless quality.
His black and white images are instantly striking. He uses religious ephemera from a Catholic upbringing alongside the gang culture of New Mexico.
Mike follows the tradition of so many great American voices who address the audience in the first person. His style is confessional, both immediate and intimate – and to that we bow.”
We’ve included a few photos we found from the opening of the show for your enjoyment.
We have a few copies of this exquisite collaboration signed by Mike, printed on heavy Fabriano watercolour paper and embossed with our Peacock chop mark left in stock –