INK NOUVEAU | TOM "INKIE" BINGLE | RECOAT GALLERY | GLASGOW | JUNE 2009
On the 19th of June 2009 we opened an exhibition from INKIE, probably one of the best known graffiti artists in the UK. He came up, helped us hang the show and painted a mural in the space. It was a huge honour to work with him and he turned out to be a lovely guy too, alot of fun was had!
INKIE grew up in Bristol, painting alongside the likes of 3D and Banksy. In 1989 he came 2nd in the World Street Art Championships. Later that year he was arrested as the head of 72 other writers in the UK's largest ever Graffiti bust. Since then he has come to be known as a pioneer of the artform and a shining light in the UK’s street art scene, his iconic paintings exhibited all over the world. He draws inspiration from Mayan architecture, William Morris, Alfons Mucha and Islamic geometry.
His art features in the books, Banky’s Bristol, Children of the Can, Graffiti World, in magazines Graphotism and Dazed & Confused, the 2007 LA graffiti film Bomb It, and British/Brazilian street art documentary, Weapon of Choice.