Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Lady

I took a while away from The Lady to work on some other stuff, like Art On Board, but now I've had the chance to go back and work on it and add some colour.

I'm glad I got her finished because I've got a few things coming up to work on, and it's always nice to have a finished piece under your belt, rather than hanging over your head (I win at mixed metaphors).
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Tkay Maidza and Australian Hip-Hop

This is something new I'm trying after a suggestion a friend made. I want to keep this an art blog, but sometimes there's stuff I want to talk about, so here's some art I did specifically so that I could talk about something I wanted to.

Tkay Maidza's someone I've learned about recently, who seems like a musician tailor-made for me. A singer / songwriter / rapper from here in Oz, with a distinctive style and flow, plus a penchant for cool anime-inspired music videos? Result.

So here's my response to her whole hip-hop afrofuturist thing she's got going on. I was especially inspired by her latest video, M.O.B., which I've stuck below. It's a great song even without the video, but with all this anime sci-fi space stuff going on, It's something else.

I'm going to be really interested if this is something that sparks a subgenre of Aussie hip hop. I love that Maidza's sound incorporates plenty of Electronic Dance Music, as that is something that represents a big part of Australia's music scene. I know Flume has done pretty well, and big EDM festivals like DEFQON show that it's a big deal here.

I love hip-hop first and foremost, but I think a country or region needs to find its distinctive voice for hip-hop to thrive. The UK had great rappers the whole time I was growing up, people like Roots Manuva, Ty, Estelle (nowadays maybe better know as Garnet on Steven Universe) and Blak Twang, but it was only when the UK hip-hop scene incorporated home-grown styles, like Grime and Dubstep, that it really took hold and started to break through like it has in the last decade with people like Tinie Tempah and of course Dizzee Rascal.

It was the same when hip-hop started to leave it's New York birthing ground: The West Coast took a while to really break out with NWA and Ice Cube, and really defined itself with G-Funk; The South needed acts like Outkast and Lil' Jon and the Crunk scene.

I loved watching these voices be found, and I'm excited to see if what Maidza's found is her voice, or the voice of something bigger. Either way, there's great music being created, so I'm happy to wait and see.
The original photo I based my picture off, from Sodwee.

©2015 James Mathurin

Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Assault on Alton Lane makes the Local Press - Street Art Superheroes

This is a bit of an experiment. Tammy suggested that it'd be cool to add a sense of narrative to my street-art superheroes, so I've been giving it some thought. After coming up with the background for Assault on Alton Lane, I thought it should be reported on by the media.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

I'm one of ArtSHINE's new artists!

ArtSHINE continue to support my work really well, and also just generally be an excellent gallery. They have made me one of their new artists, which means that any time you want, you can go in and see samples of my work and some of the products I've put them on.

Oh, and you can also get a great cup of coffee, lunch, and enjoy whatever exhibition they've got running, I mean, obviously, you're already really excited to hear about my stuff, but maybe you have to drag along someone who's not interested in, well, me, so there's all that as well. They will thank you.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW ARTIST Artist James Mathurin will be showing his artworks, prints and tote bags at ArtSHINE Market this Saturday 25 July from 10-4pm. Come in a say hello to James and have a chat with him about his current artworks. About James: James Mathurin is a Londoner, living and working in Sydney, who primarily works in a mixture of traditional pencil and ink linework and digital, and also photography and graphic design. James holds a BA in Illustration from Middlesex University, and has worked in advertising and stand-alone pieces. Comics, animation and science (both real and fictional) have always been influences that turn up in his art. His art and tutorials can be found at his 'James Mathurin Art' blog, his photography can be seen on his tumblr 'Stuff Wot I Done', and his humorous infographics (yes, that is a thing) can be seen on his 'Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Need To Know' blog. #market #artgallery #artisans #artists #artshinemarket #artgallery
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©2015 James Mathurin

Monday, 13 July 2015

Vote for Profile Pic of Sarah Bernhardt at Art On Board

ArtSHINE's Art on Board exhibition has it's official opening night this Saturday, at
CO Sydney
3 Blackfriars Street
NSW 2008

It's open to the public, and this is me officially inviting anyone who reads this to come. See you there!

Even if you can't make it, you can vote for your favourite piece for the People's Choice award. Now, my piece is number 7, so it's great if you vote for that, but there are also a bunch of other good pieces that you might like more, and you can see those on ArtSHINE's Facebook page, and pick a piece and vote for its corresponding number. You can win a $50 voucher too!

To vote, email them on , copy and paste the text below into the message, and fill in the details. As I said, my piece is 'Art on Board #7'.

Fist Name
Last Name
Email address

Art on Board #

©2015 James Mathurin

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Finished ArtSHINE Art On Board piece - Profile Pic of Sarah Bernhardt

I've finished off the piece I've been doing for ArtSHINE's Art On Board show. I had to come up with a title for it, which led to researching the original painting I based it off.

Like I mentioned previously, based on Sarah Bernhardt by Paul Emile Berthon. It turns out Sarah Bernhardt was an incredibly famous actress of the time, both in theatre and early movies. She was also an artist and writer, and generally lived a pretty interesting life. I'd like to be able to pretend I knew all this, and that it was another Berthon piece before I started work on it, but, nah, it was just a piece of serendipity. Still, after the research, I ended up with 'Profile Pic of Sarah Bernhardt' as a title. I wonder if Berthon or Bernhardt would have liked it...

This piece and pieces by 99 other Sydney artists will be on exhibition and on sale at ArtSHINE from Wednesday 8th July 2015 to Friday 31st July 2015.

©2015 James Mathurin