Q&A with Imbue
So, imbue, what’s it like being an artist and living in Brighton?
It’s great! There are lots of like minded, creative people. A few nice galleries and an ever-growing street art scene. When the sun is shining, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
What’s the story behind imbue and becoming an artist?
Well I have been making stuff for as long as I can remember. When I was young I was the kid that made something with the box rather than played with the toy inside. My Dad has always drawn, painted and made stuff too.
I guess towards the end of school and then college, ‘imbue’ was born. A few friends and I printed t-shirts and painted rubbish stencils. This was around the time when street art was just starting to gain momentum with Banksy, D*Face etc. I would spend college time (and materials) making stickers and stencils. I kept going and imbue has grown from there and become my name as an artist.
We hear you have a studio near Brighton’s weird and wonderful London Road- what are you working on at the moment?
Yeah, I love it around here! It’s the only area in Brighton that is covered in stickers, stencils and tags. Some people might think it’s ugly but I think it’s beautiful and it changes almost every day.
I’m in the studio every day and at the moment I am working on a whole load of new work for an art show party at The Green Door Store on the 22nd June. It’s for one night only and I’ll be giving away a free screen print to the first 50 people that arrive!
You put on a fantastic show at No Walls gallery last summer, what can we expect this time?
Thanks! I had a lot of fun putting it together and an amazing response from the work. This new show is going to be more of a party. A nice relaxed vibe, everyone is welcome. I just want people to come along, see the work and have fun. I will also have new video art being projected and music from the DJs at Hit and Hope Records.
In the past some of your work has created some controversy, are you done trying to shake things up or is there still a message you want to put across?
Haha, I’m never done. Things are always changing and there will always be a new message. I’m always evolving and I like to hope I can make a small difference to the world and make people think with my art.
If we want to get our hands on an original imbue piece of art, where should we look?
I have work at No Walls and ink_d Gallery in Brighton or you can get something from me directly at imbueSource.com. Come and check out the show on June 22nd, arrive early and you might get a free screen print too.
Interviewed by Kay Jones