grime portraits

I love grime. I vividly remember listening through JME’s ‘Blam’ album on my MP3 player as a 13 year old kid on rugby tour. The energy, the unique lyricism, the authentic London sound is something special. Over the years I’ve looked to pay homage to some of my favourite grime artists and I’m proud to have had portraits of the likes of Wiley, Jammer, Ghetts, President T, JME & D Double E exhibited across England. 

This ballpoint pen portrait of D Double E drawn on a London tube map. Exhibited and sold at The Discerning Eye Exhibition 2019 at The Mall Galleries.

Within this fineliner pen portrait, I pay homage to the face of modern British music by depicting the ‘godfather’ of grime music, Wiley, drawn on W.J. Turner’s English Music text from the 1940s. Although the artwork is monochrome, there is a strong sense of pride within the pose of the subject as I look to celebrate blackness with nuanced mark making; as well as pragmatic placement of the composition.

The original artwork was exhibited at The John Lennon Building with the Liverpool Biennial 2018 and South London Gallery with Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Also shown at the Mall Galleries In 2019.

The fact that a new genre of music has emerged over the last twenty years, starting in London, has deeply interested me; as 'grime' (the described genre) grew from modest beginnings to becoming internationally recognised. The pioneers of the genre came from poorer demographics of London and portrayed a narrative that is relatable to people from similar upbringings through their music, I pay homage