Graffiti star Req brings voyeuristic Spraypaint Realism portraits to Brighton's Ink-d Gallery

By Rosie Blackwell-Sutton | 22 June 2010
A picture of a graffiti piece showing a naked female figure sitting on the end of a bed

Exhibition: Req – Spraypaint Realism, Ink-d Gallery, Brighton, until July 11 2010

Graffiti artist Req is pretty famous around Brighton. His John Peel memorial adorns the wall of The Albert, a pub near the train station, which also houses Banksy’s famous Kissing Coppers. Not only that, but his mural at the back of health food shop Infinity Foods has become widely known in the city.

As well as his much loved artistic work, Req has also tried his hand at music. Having done some live art on stage with fellow local son Fatboy Slim, Req was able to release some singles on the DJ’s record label, Skint.

Req’s second stint at Ink-d sees him explore realism through a spray painter’s eye, combining two art forms rarely seen together for a unique and interesting exhibition. What he ultimately creates are numerous stunning portraits that often leave you feeling a bit voyeuristic.

The use of spray paint, which he realised was a perfect medium for representing skin tones, creates a blurry image of the subjects (all girls in this case) similar to one you might see if looking through a window or at a sneaky photograph.

The girls pictured were chosen specifically to oppose the modernist movement of which Req had become increasingly wary. His preference for Pre-Raphalite ideals led him to choose the female form as the reference point for his new works.

His Spraypaint Realism pieces are accompanied by monoprints and pastel drawings which are captivating in their simplicity.

Open 10am-6pm (12pm-4pm Sunday). Admission free. Ink-d Gallery, North Road, Brighton. Visit Ink-d online or call 01273 645299.

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