An exhibition by Lewis Royden
Featuring illustration by Mike Howard, Chris Alliston, KIDMILK & Will Berry
Exhibition Launch 7pm
Ping Pong Room
Twenty Twenty Two
“I considered the fact that quite a lot of the best artists I know are also somehow involved in the skating community- where a lot of my own work originates.
I wanted to bring together a few artists from within this community to collaborate with on some new fresh pieces of work, using skateboarding photographs as a canvas for their own handywork, in an attempt to express how this often rudely dismissed scene can actually be a source of great artistic creation.
When working on this project I have always been concious not to confine any of the artists into boxes. I wanted everybody to incorporate the photographs into the work they produced the best they could, but aside from this everyone had complete creative freedom to come up with whatever they deemed fitting,
and I’m really proud of what we have achieved.
Will Berry is an architectural illustrator based in Manchester. His ability to create and recreate urban environments in his own unique style meant he’s an ideal collaborative partner for a project like this one where the environments mean so much.
His simple yet detailed technique makes his work look intriguing and extremely professional, drawing you in to keep looking closer.
KIDMILK is an illustrator based in Manchester. Working between both digital and freehand, KIDMILK’s drawing often has underlying messages and always shines with personality.
With an ability to create portraits with a flawless yet cartoony likeness, his quirky techniques had me really keen to see what could be possible in a new bracket of work.
Chris Alliston is an illustrator currently based in Liverpool, best known for his work doing tour posters for metal bands such as Mastodon & Elder. Chris’s extraordinarily detailed designs are instantly recognisable as being time consuming and painstakingly done.
His ability to create stunning murals with such tiny instruments is amazing, and to have his ink on my pictures is a dream come true. His enthusiasm for working on a project with photographs was so much that it would have been impossible for me to have left him out of this collaboration.
Mike Howard is an artist from Chester. Able to excel at pretty much anything art based – both analogue and digital – Mike is an all round talent with enormous potential.
You’ll struggle to find anything he’s produced that doesn’t make you wonder just how far his imagination will take him. It’s a pleasure to have Mike on board, and his uniquely surreal designs have always been high on my personal list of favourites.”