ART: Mitchy Bwoy – Clowning Around
by Ayian C.
It’s a rare privilege to see an exhibition by Mitchy Bwoy. The graphic artist from West Yorkshire has been in high demand of late, and his popularity shows no signs of waning. His recent works were broadcast on national TV in the UK – title graphics of the Channel 4 documentaries, How Clubbing Changed the World and How Hip Hop Changed the World.
Mitchy Bwoy is no stranger to the music industry, having worked for around seven years on music magazine Straight no Chaser under the art direction of Swifty. His distinctive style – strong, bold illustrations with splashes of bright hues – has earned him projects with Ziggy Marley, Nitin Sawhney, Amp Fiddler, Incognito, Robert Mitchell Trio and Joey Negro, among many others. He’s also been involved in collaborations with other celebrated artists as Banksy and Mode2.
His latest exhibition “Clowns and Calligraphy” is a testament to Mitchy Bwoy’s northern charm and facetious sense of humor. When asked about his fascination with clown girls Mitchy replied, “My interest is in the sexy and sinister aspect. As with other pieces in the show Love + Hate and Nowhere Girl, it’s about opposing aspects of human nature – yin & yang, Jedi & Sith, etc.” He chuckles, “They’re just a bit of fun really … I guess I’ve always had a thing for striped stockings!
”“Clowns and Calligraphy” is currently on show at the new Superlative Space at the WeSC Flagship Store on Carnaby Street, London until 12 October 2012.
photo credit: Alex Coley