Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In the news this week...

A week ago the London Free Press did an article about graffiti crimes on the front page and included a picture of my work in thier article here mistakenly eluding that my work was illegal. My name wasn't mentioned and I was just happy to have my artwork on the frontpage of the weekend edition. So in responce and correction yesterday the London Free Press did an article about my graffiti work. The link to the article is here but I'm also posting the entire article below for those who want to read it.
Spray painter crusades for tolerance, Christianity
By Jane Sims The London Free Press
Richard Phillips says he thinks in spray paint.
“It’s just beautiful,” says the 26-year-old London graffiti artist.
He marvels at how the thick lines of paint meld together on a wall, shading his message of Christianity and hope.
He likes that he doesn’t need brushes or an easel and that his ideas spring to life quickly and with colour.
In a King St. alley, he points to a couple among 20 pieces he has in the city. In total, he says shyly, there are 200 of his paintings “around.” One of his pieces is based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, but with a silhouette of a spray-paint artist in the foreground.
Unlike some graffiti art that pops up around the city, Phillips paints only in places where he has permission.
That’s put him in a weird place in the graffiti world. He sees merit in some of the unwanted art, while hardcore members of the graffiti culture don’t like his legitimate approach.
Graffiti artists, Phillips insists, are not “mindless vandals.”
This week, Benjamin Pavlov, a teenager tagger with a prolific portfolio around the city, faces a jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to 21 charges for mischief and breaching his probation — the second time this year he’s been arrested for tagging.
Phillips, who works at Teen Challenge farm and has a background in social services, doesn’t agree that the man who used “Dark” and “Hore” as his tag should go to jail.
“People’s lives have been ruined over something that can be painted over,” he says.
So Phillips has another idea — a city initiative to put a wall in a public place exclusively for graffiti art.
“It would be great if the city had a free wall to express themselves,” he says.
He knows there would have to be a change in attitude.
“The city and many people of the city don’t want to put a wall in the middle of nowhere where people can paint on because they think it is encouraging graffiti artists,” he says.
Now, the bylaw threatens even legitimate street art, he says. “If it was a brush, it would be allowed.”
Phillips doesn’t sign his pieces, but they’re easily spotted. They are colourful and precise and spread a message of Christianity.
“I do it to spread the message of Jesus. He changed my life and that’s why I do it,” he says.
His first mural, done with a friend, was six years ago. His church had been vandalized and with the permission of the pastor, Phillips and his friend painted over the unwanted graffiti with their own work.
Since then, he has travelled all over North America — California, New York City, Mexico — to learn and to paint.
Phillips said he reaches out to other artists who may be looking for a place to explore their passion. He finds them walls to create their vision and “create something beautiful.”
But he also has faced the criticism and scrutiny. He has been threatened while buying spray paint, and was attacked once for his legitimate approach to the art form, he says.
Criticism has been rare, he adds quickly, noting many in society appreciate his efforts.
Any business owner can call on him to work for free. And he’s there for those who want to express themselves.
“I’ve dedicated my life to trying to help people,” he says.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Piece #78

Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations.
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Piece #77

Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that - mlk

You are the light of the earth - Jesus

Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. -Jesus

At the centre of non-violence stands the principle of love. - mlk

Friday, June 04, 2010

Piece #76

that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. Romans 1:12

Monday, May 31, 2010

Piece #75

Battle (left) and Static (right)
Static with his piece

Me with my character

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Art show at Grooves

Hello I've got some canvases on display and for sale at grooves record store this month I set them up today. People routinely ask me for my art work and I always explain my artwork is all over the city and it's free. But they usually aren't happy with that answer. Well now is your oportunity to pay for a second rate scaled down version of my work and satisfy your desire to own, posess and hoard things for yourself or give it as a gift.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Graffiti Truck

Did this for a guy who put out an add on kijiji.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Piece #71

But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matt 5:39

Monday, January 04, 2010

Piece #70

Painted with Wisdm

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'

Matt 22:37