Archive for May, 2016

What if

Posted in arty farty, London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , on May 29, 2016 by lkthayer

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What if we never smiled again.. Forgive me for not knowing the artist I want to credit. I have seen a few of these and they make me feel happy on dark days. The days when I struggle to force a smile yet alone laugh. Every thought becomes a heavy burden and inside tears bleed. Sometimes I reach that point  I want my eyes to close and gently drift off never to return.

Snaps & ramble by Mitch Hicks

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Marrakech Barber

Posted in observation, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 22, 2016 by lkthayer

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Marrakech Barber snapped by Mitch Hicks 17th May 2016

Who painted Francis Bacon? No not Banksy!!

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Banksy, Buildings, Head, London, observation, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , , , on May 15, 2016 by lkthayer

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Another by chance discovery… I was on my way to visit Christie’s auction house to see the upcoming sale of artwork by Stik.  I noticed this unlikely mural painted in posh Kensington by Jony Midnight from June 2015.  Not untill I got home from a busy day traveling around London exploring art in Kensington, Croydon, Forest Hill and Homerton did I find out that Francis Bacon lived in this expensive mews. I also noticed that the orignal mural did not have the figure of Francis Bacon featured at all… So who added the monochrome Francis Bacon….. Has Banksy been up to his old tricks?  

Snaps & comment by Mitch Hicks

Femme Fierce 2016 ~ Returns With Foxy Ladies

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Collage, Graffiti, London, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2016 by lkthayer

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~…..Artwork from Femme Fierce 2016…..~

Snaps by Mitch Hicks

Whitechaple in need

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Collage, Graffiti, Landscape, observation, Off The Wall with tags , , , , on May 4, 2016 by lkthayer

DSCF4258cSometimes when I’m walking the streets of London snapping art my knees get so stiff and the feet grow tired. Time to make my way to Whitechapel Gallery and sit in the same small room that is always showing  arty films.  I never know  what will be showing but I slip my shoes off slouch back and consume the dark room trying to make head to tail on what is being shown… I rarely stay longer than 15 minutes but it’s a great way to chill out in what is nearly always an empty space of sound and flickering images.

I mention this as on my last trip to London I snapped the head of a woman internet content moderator from an international film made by Eva & Franco Mattes in 2015. Their  artwork “Dark Content Episodes 1, 2, 3”   explores both ethical and moral issues around the web in a series of videos showing the faces and voices of internet content moderators. Very much an invisible army responsible for removing offensive material from websites… As I left the Whitechapel Gallery I walked across the road to re-snap a paste-up piece of artwork that caught my eye from the last time I saw it.. The paste-up was starting to show wear and I like that better than when I first snapped it quite new.. Not sure who the artist is but may have been by the street artist Endless.. Having reviewed my days snaps over the weekend I decided to make the headless paste-up come to life with the head of the lady snapped from the film plus another snap of a blurred background! The result is the above collage… Is it art or crap?

 Comment & collage snap by Mitch Hicks

Camden Collage

Posted in Artwork, arty farty, Collage, London, Off The Wall, Street Art with tags , , on May 1, 2016 by lkthayer

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Collage made from street art found in Camden ~ Snapped by Mitch Hicks on the 30th April 2016