AboutIn June sees a very exciting exhibition in Shoreditch, The Queen of Hoxton will be getting a lick of new paint both on the exterior and the interior of the venue from cutting edge illustrators and street artists including NICOLAS TUAL , MCBESS, Lucas and MATTHEW BROMLEY, Directed by Liat Chen.
We can't wait to see the transformation!
The Queen of Hoxton's bricks and mortar will yet again become a semi-permanent exhibition for all to enjoy. Invited by the Queen of Hoxton, Nicolas Tual has selected three of his favourite illustrators, McBess, Matthew Bromley and Lucas to redesign the exterior and interior walls of the venue. All four artists deal with âother-worldly' characters in their work and this project will be no different. Expect to see vividly illustrated monochrome murals, giant multi-coloured characters and surreal sculptures created from cardboard.
To celebrate the transformation of the venue, the Queen of Hoxton launch Hot Mess and open, for one-night-only, a print shop in collaboration with Hato Press. The artists will be selling super limited-edition Risoprints created especially for the exhibition. Ensure you get down early to snap up a piece of the action!
Later in the evening McBess and his band, The Dead Pirates will be performing as part of DRUMM, the Queen of Hoxton's weekly party of cutting edge live music and art from the left field. The band will be playing their own version of rock 'n' roll including a mix of influences ranging from stoner to retro rock.
NICOLAS TUAL is a French illustrator who recently migrated to London. Influenced by vintage skateboard art and underground comics his style is detailed and his world full of weird characters and friendly creatures. Black ink on white paper is his favourite medium, but he also produces colourful digital artworks. When not illustrating, Nicolas is a digital designer for internationally renowned Nation studio.
MCBESS aka Matthieu Bessudo is a French illustrator living in London. His style is a mix of influences such as Fleischer Studios' old cartoons which he actualises by using contemporary shapes, symbols and types. McBess' drawings often represent himself at the center of a surreal world filled with food and musical references. Amps, guitars and records are heavily featured in nearly all of his work. He's also a guitarist in the band The Dead Pirates.
MATTHEW BROMLEY is an illustrator who lives and works in London. Bromley's work is mostly non-linear, using a limited colour pallet along with trademark tube socks, skulls and goblins. When he's not drawing, painting and making things out of cardboard, he's
probably out skateboarding! Bromley also likes collecting children's books and stupid toys.
LUCAS' works span across many different mediums. Be it illustration, sculpture or painting, Lucas can be found spending his time between creating work in his London studio or painting on various walls and buildings around the UK and Europe. Lucas' practice was initially influenced by his upbringing in Belfast where he began to paint graffiti after becoming interested in the New York subway cars of 1980's. Although Lucas' work transposes many mediums, it becomes apparent that the impetus for their creation all stem from his love of drawing.