7 Days With – Jack MurrayOctober 30th, 2012 by @misterlego
Welcome to the third installment of BNTL’s 7 Days With.. The latest person to step up to the mark is London creative Jack Murray. For those not familiar with Jack Murray, he is a young London-based, internationally known artist who has been one of the key figures in the UK graffiti scene over the last decade and a founding member of the ATG movement. He is consistently pushing his distinct style of work both on and off the streets into innovative new spaces and with energetic delivery. His work often reflects the everyday emotions we experience, the questions life poses and a desire to stay free from the constrictions imposed by today’s society. He has been involved in projects across the board and has exhibited at galleries in London, Amsterdam and New York.
Over to Jack now.
Day 1 – I went on a trip with a couple of other chaps to Snowdonia in North Wales to seek out an abandoned, mountain slate quarry, that was closed over 50 years ago. We found it, and it was definitely worth the 6 hour drive. A vast network of old tunnels, metal structures, workers huts, gravel pits and waterfalls looping through the side of a mountain is the best way to describe it. I brought some paint with me and dropped a little something at the highest point we got to. In the future I want to go back and paint site specific, 20ft plus, murals on some of the rock faces in the old quarry pits. Some people will cry and say I’ve spoiled the place and others will say it’s amazing but that’s just life.
Day 2 – I finished a painting that I had been working on for a couple of months on and off. I’d got in a bit of a tangle with it at one point and then had to move it into my new studio before it was finished, so it felt good to get it all wrapped up.
Day 3 – I started working on a new piece, using Gouache which is best used on paper. It’s a medium I had never used before and I’m not sure of the exact formula to it, but it feels like a cross between watercolour and acrylic. It dries matt and is perfect for getting flat block colour that looks like it has been printed.
Day 4 – I recently got a new flatmate, his name is Nelly. He is a gentle yet hyperactive English Springer Spaniel who tries to make you feel sorry for him almost all the time. It wasn’t as if my ‘day 4′ was spent entirely with this pooch (I swear) but now that i have moved my studio back home for a bit, he’s more or less up in my grill 24/7 so I thought he should feature.
Day 5 – There’s nothing like creeping around Soho, falling in and out of pubs, and generally getting up to no good to remind you of that special side to London that will never disappear and is always there for you to engage in whenever the moon tells you to.
Day 6 – I went out to see Wolf and Lamb and Pillow Talk etc at a party in ‘The Loft’ up towards Harlesden. I don’t go out raving as much as I used to so I can focus on creating work and being nice to people during the week, but this was a good one to step out for……..plus I like to support any good party going on outside of, over-saturated East. I wanted to get a picture of my Girlfriend wearing a T-shirt made by London Graffiti legend Neas but this excitable, buzzing guy on the left kept jumping in every time i tried to take a snap. I didn’t want to spoil his “we are all one in the rave” vibe so i just let him cameo. So here we go - Neas x Girlfriend x Random camp man x The Loft
Day 7 – I had to jump up early doors to draw on tables all day for a big Scandinavian furniture shop in Edmonton. On the way home, driving through Tottenham, me and my pal Jamie Brown caught this amazing view…….which is exactly what you want to see at the end of a long days work.