Croydon Collection

Public art in Croydon gets its own identity

Croydon Collection

Public art in Croydon gets its own identity

The Croydon Collection is being launched alongside the RISEfestival. This is the universal new title that we will apply to all permanent murals and artworks that add vibrancy and colour to our borough. Croydon has become a strong destination for this exciting and engaging art form with an expanding collection to be proud of. By giving this growing collection its own identity, we enable it to continue to grow and be protected for the future. The collection will soon have its own website with all artworks in one place for the very first time, fully documented and mapped as a free resource for anyone to enjoy. With its own identity and under one banner it will help us better access the resources needed to help this unique collection grow in a sustainable way, assist us to activate new and exciting public programmes for so many more to enjoy and of course, create numerous further opportunities for the residents. The Croydon Collection has big ambitions to become the largest collection of its kind in Europe – simply a collection unlike any other. Unlike some other art collections, the Croydon Collection exists outside; it’s in your streets and fully accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It requires no ticket and is always FREE to everyone. The first annual RISEfestival will be a key driver in growing and enriching the collection, making it a truly diverse body of work.

FAQ

HOW DID THE STREET ART START? The street art movement we see today in Croydon was pioneered over the last 4 years by Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison and his well-known RISEgallery. For more information on RISEgallery’s involvement with public art, please visit www.rise-gallery.co.uk/public-realm/

HOW ARE MURALS ORGANISED? A lot goes into the organisation of street art. From obtaining permissions, funding and liaising with the council and landowners to secure surfaces. Thankfully, we have many helpful and supportive partners and artists who donate much time to these projects. The artworks are changed every few months to keep the area vibrant and relevant.

HOW IS THE STREET ART IN CROYDON FUNDED? Numerous ways. Some funding is from local businesses, donations, the council or Kevin Zuchowski Morrison himself.

I’M AN ARTIST. HOW DO I GET INTO THE COLLECTION? We are open to all kinds of art forms and ideas, from murals to sculptures and installations. Please get in touch through the submissions form on our website (www.rise-gallery.co.uk) if you would like to get involved.

I OWN A PROPERTY AND I’D LIKE TO HAVE A SURFACE PAINTED To arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us at RISEgallery. Our contact details can be found at www.rise-gallery.co.uk/contact/

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION FOR MY SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY GROUP? At RISEgallery, we are committed to working with schools and the community. If you would like to speak to us about one of our programmes, please contact us. Our contact details can be found at www.rise-gallery.co.uk/contact/

David Hollier

Born and raised in Wolverhampton in the U.K. David Hollier creates images of cultural and political icons as composites of their famous words in the form of painted and typed text. Part social commentary and part documentary, Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure.

Dan Kitchener

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Using neon light to express her positive messages and life mantras, she aims to raise the vibration of love and connection within the world. She has created installations at The V&A, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and her work is held in collections worldwide.

David Hollier

Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener or ‘DANK’ is a Street Artist / Mural Painter and Illustrator from the UK who has exhibited his work and painted numerous murals world-wide. With a widely diverse and unique approach to his art, DANK has an ever-growing fan base and continues to impress with epic scale walls, canvas shows and live painting events.

Lauren Baker

Dotmaster

UK artist, started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye. Invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’ and featuring in the Oscar-nominated ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, The Dotmaster exhibits internationally. A driving force behind the Nuart festival in Norway, he has collaborated with grass roots activists, luxury brands, Glastonbury festival, weirdos, developers and drop outs. There is NO subculture ONLY subversion.

Sonny

Otto Schade

Fascinated by Surrealism and abstract art, Otto turned his creative skills to painting, which has become his strongest passion. Originally working with oil paint on canvas, he has since consistently explored different styles and mediums – growing, adapting changing his style to include other techniques such as collage, illustration and stencil free-hand spray paint on canvas and walls. The themes behind his compositions are treated with a sharp, ironic touch. After moving to Shoreditch, Otto became interested in the local street art and once again adapted his style, this time to painting on the streets using the pseudonym “Osch”. He developed his orb style for communicating his anti-war theme and his trademark ribbon style that emerges out of his knowledge of the use of space gained from his architectural background.

Dotmaster

Sonny

As one of South Africa’s most exciting young street artists of recent years, British-born Sonny is most well-known for his large-scale murals. A relative newcomer, Sonny’s paintings can already be found in various locations around the world including New York, London, Canada, Russia, Ireland, Miami and South Africa. Taking influences from his African surroundings and wildlife, his vibrant work often fuses the natural world with elements of fantasy and geometric shapes. Sonny is currently using his unique style of street art to raise awareness for endangered wildlife on a global scale through his To The Bone project. As part of the project the self-taught artist will

Otto Schade

Ben Eine

Ben Flynn a.k.a Ben Eine began painting on the trains and walls of his city. Then he stopped graffiti, following the arrest and detention of two of his friends. He then started painting exclusively in the street. His made his remarkably colorful letters on storefronts and on the walls of London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Tokyo, Dublin, Stockholm… In June 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave Barack Obama one of his paintings as a gift. That same year, he painted an entire street of London with each letter of the alphabet. “The Time” wrote that this street now known internationally as a piece of art that has a direct link with the White House. In 2011, he was invited by Amnesty International to create a poster for their 50th anniversary. Since then, he has continued drawing letters in the streets and exhibiting his work worldwide.

Schoony

Add Fuel

Add Fuel is Portuguese visual artist and illustrator Diogo Machado. Since 2007, he has been focusing exclusively on his artistic work. Starting out under the full name Add Fuel to the Fire, he first created a dark yet exuberant visual universe populated by a cast of slimy, eccentric and joyful creatures, influenced by a variety of interests ranging from video games to comics, animation, sci-fi, low-budget B films, designer toys, and urban visual culture.

Ben Eine

Schoony

Schoony’s background is rooted in special effects and prosthetics for the film industry, with his career spanning over twenty-five years. Since the age of fifteen he has worked on over a hundred films, his work and reputation for high class pioneering techniques has reached the far corners of the world. He took the plunge into a new career as an artist to share his passion for life case sculpture. Schoony exploded onto the London art scene in 2008 at Murate Britain’s “One Foot Under the Groove”. One of the most pioneering street art exhibitions to date.

Add Fuel

David Hollier

Born and raised in Wolverhampton in the U.K. David Hollier creates images of cultural and political icons as composites of their famous words in the form of painted and typed text. Part social commentary and part documentary, Hollier’s work literally blurs the lines between pop culture and politics and invites us to consider the power of words to influence and endure.

Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener or ‘DANK’ is a Street Artist / Mural Painter and Illustrator from the UK who has exhibited his work and painted numerous murals world-wide. With a widely diverse and unique approach to his art, DANK has an ever-growing fan base and continues to impress with epic scale walls, canvas shows and live painting events.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist who exhibits internationally. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Using neon light to express her positive messages and life mantras, she aims to raise the vibration of love and connection within the world. She has created installations at The V&A, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and her work is held in collections worldwide.

Dotmaster

UK artist, started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s. He takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. His work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye. Invited to take part in Banksy’s Waterloo ‘Cans Festival’ and featuring in the Oscar-nominated ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, The Dotmaster exhibits internationally. A driving force behind the Nuart festival in Norway, he has collaborated with grass roots activists, luxury brands, Glastonbury festival, weirdos, developers and drop outs. There is NO subculture ONLY subversion.

Sonny

As one of South Africa’s most exciting young street artists of recent years, British-born Sonny is most well-known for his large-scale murals. A relative newcomer, Sonny’s paintings can already be found in various locations around the world including New York, London, Canada, Russia, Ireland, Miami and South Africa. Taking influences from his African surroundings and wildlife, his vibrant work often fuses the natural world with elements of fantasy and geometric shapes. Sonny is currently using his unique style of street art to raise awareness for endangered wildlife on a global scale through his To The Bone project. As part of the project the self-taught artist will

Otto Schade

Fascinated by Surrealism and abstract art, Otto turned his creative skills to painting, which has become his strongest passion. Originally working with oil paint on canvas, he has since consistently explored different styles and mediums – growing, adapting changing his style to include other techniques such as collage, illustration and stencil free-hand spray paint on canvas and walls. The themes behind his compositions are treated with a sharp, ironic touch. After moving to Shoreditch, Otto became interested in the local street art and once again adapted his style, this time to painting on the streets using the pseudonym “Osch”. He developed his orb style for communicating his anti-war theme and his trademark ribbon style that emerges out of his knowledge of the use of space gained from his architectural background.

Ben Eine

Ben Flynn a.k.a Ben Eine began painting on the trains and walls of his city. Then he stopped graffiti, following the arrest and detention of two of his friends. He then started painting exclusively in the street. His made his remarkably colorful letters on storefronts and on the walls of London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Tokyo, Dublin, Stockholm… In June 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave Barack Obama one of his paintings as a gift. That same year, he painted an entire street of London with each letter of the alphabet. “The Time” wrote that this street now known internationally as a piece of art that has a direct link with the White House. In 2011, he was invited by Amnesty International to create a poster for their 50th anniversary. Since then, he has continued drawing letters in the streets and exhibiting his work worldwide.

Schoony

Schoony’s background is rooted in special effects and prosthetics for the film industry, with his career spanning over twenty-five years. Since the age of fifteen he has worked on over a hundred films, his work and reputation for high class pioneering techniques has reached the far corners of the world. He took the plunge into a new career as an artist to share his passion for life case sculpture. Schoony exploded onto the London art scene in 2008 at Murate Britain’s “One Foot Under the Groove”. One of the most pioneering street art exhibitions to date.