Archive for June, 2011

Question Ti[m]e

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

David Dimbleby wearing Hutch’s flying can tie

Regular readers of this blog will know that some months ago Wet Paint worked with the tailor Gresham Blake and stencil artists Hutch and Funky Red Dog on some unique tie designs. Well, who would have guessed that David Dimbleby was such a fan of Brighton-based stencil maestro Hutch, and indeed so much of a street art advocate that he felt the need to promote this fact on national televison? No stranger to courting controversy when it comes to the old neck wear  (there is even a Facebook group dedicated to his penchant for extravagant ‘Peckham Ryes’) Dimbleby was seen sporting a Hutch/Blake combo in green and pink colourways on the BBC’s Question Time. Unfortunately, one question not put forward by the audience was “where did you get it?” The answer to which is HERE and keep an eye out  for upcoming manoeuvres from Hutch who is currently working on a screenprint collaboration with Colombian artist Stinkfish (teaser HERE) and other surprises once he hits UK soil.

 

Smug – Street Summer’s Scottish Judge

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Street Summer

Another artist Wet Paint Productions have worked with is the incredible Smug out of Glasgow and he is Channel 4’s Street Summer competition judge for Scotland . This guy is taking photo-realism to another level and in this film gives you some insight into the scene and what it is he is looking for in a competition winner.

For all the information on how to enter and work with the likes of Smug follow this link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

It’s On!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The last few posts have been dedicated to Wet Paint Productions’ (and some of the artists we work with) involvement in Channel 4’s street art competition as part of their Street Summer season in conjunction with Don’t Panic. This summer Channel 4 is celebrating British street culture with some new programmes dedicated to street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art.

And Channel 4 are calling all wannabe street artists, graffiti writers and vandals to join in on Street Summer by entering the competition which starts TODAY.

Get full details on how to enter and what you stand to win by clicking this Don’t Panic link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

Req is Channel 4’s South East Judge

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Street Summer
The last artist but by no means the least Wet Paint Productions put forward as part of Channel 4’s Street Summer competition is Req.
Born in London in 1966 Req is a Brighton-based artist schooled in the New York subway graffiti tradition. His graffiti career started in 1984 in Brighton’s derelict areas but he soon started painting internationally onstage with the Norman Cook band Beats International.

Req’s new work is defined by his attempt to purge the graffiti and graphic influences of his past in favour of a lighter, diffuse impressionism which he calls ‘Spraypaint Realism’. His more recent charcoal and spray paint works on paper provide a quick and more expressive outlet to balance the more intensive ‘Spraypaint Realism’ style.

As we’ve said in the past, if the French impressionist painter Monet used Belton, this is kind of what his work may have looked like.
Req is the judge for the South East and your piece should represent one of the five elements of street culture which the Street Summer season is featuring: street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and street art. Write, draw, collage, sketch or render your work in any way you like. How you make this work is up to you.
Remember your piece is art but also it needs to work to promote Channel 4’s season. The better your piece looks the more chance you will have of winning but we will accept entries on pen and paper which have been scanned or photographed. Remember the idea is what counts not your computer skills!
Don’t forget that the competition starts on 13th June and for full details on how to enter make sure to follow this link:
http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

Countdown to Channel 4’s Street Summer Competition!

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Street Summer
The next artist in the line up to promote Channel 4’s Street Summer in association with Don’t Panic is our boy Ventsa, who is representing the Midlands and East. Wet Paint have worked with him in the past and Ventsa really has a unique style. In this film he gives you an introduction to the Birmingham scene and explains a little of what he as a judge is looking for from the winning designs.
The competition will run from 13th June to 17th July so start representing your area and start submitting your designs. All winning entrants’ work will appear in a major city from their part of the UK.
  • Winning entrants will be paid £300 for the use of their artwork
  • Winners will have their designs displayed on a premium outdoor space for two weeks in their area during August
  • Winners will get the opportunity to work with an established street artist from their region of the UK
  • Winners’ work will feature on the Don’t panic Poster and on postcards which will be distributed across the UK in Don’t Panic Packs
  • Winners will be featured in a short film about their work

The regions and the artists representing those areas are:

  • London – Ser
  • South East – Req
  • South West – Cheba
  • Midlands & East – Ventsa
  • Wales – Rmer
  • North – Faunagraphic
  • Scotland – Smug

So, Channel 4 are calling for all emerging street artists, writers and vandals out there, to join their Street Summer competition.

For more information on how to enter and win, click this link:  http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/

Wet Paint Productions want to wish you all the best of luck. Next post on this site will feature Req’s video who represents the South East out of our home town Brighton. So hope to see some of your work going up soon down here!

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Channel 4’s Street Summer

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Street Summer
This summer Channel 4 is celebrating British street culture with some quality new programmes dedicated to the different elements of street-level genius, focusing on: street dance, urban sports, spoken word, hip hop and (yes, you’ve guessed it) street art! Wet Paint were asked by Don’t Panic – a unique free publication found in carefully selected independent shops, bars, universities and art spaces – to help out with some of the artists and cities.
Don’t Panic is running a design competition on the Don’t Panic site for all budding designers, graffiti and street artists to come up with a creative design. The winners of the competition will have their design used as an advertisement for Channel 4’s Street Summer schedule of programming. They will also have their design printed to postcards and the Don’t Panic Poster to be distributed around the UK.
We’ll be posting some more information about the competition soon but in the meantime here is one of the six videos up on the Don’t Panic site. It features Faunagraphic giving us the heads up on the Northern scene and if you can’t wait to see the other films then make sure to visit:
http://www.dontpaniconline.com/street_summer/