"Painting and writing have been far better for me than any of the mistakes I made in stealing and fighting." - Joe MachineJoe Machine, born in Chatham, Kent, is an English artist, poet and writer and was one of the founding members of the Stuckists art group.When he was six years old Machine's teacher forbid him from drawing a picture of the Incredible Hulk, so he stabbed her with a compass. His early life was marked by petty crime with him being sent to Approved School in 1988 for the theft of scrap material, and the following year to Dover Borstal for young offenders, after burgling a green grocer. He has spent time on the dole, running the family amusement arcade in Leysdown, breeding Rottweiler dogs and working as a bouncer in South London night clubs. Since 1998 he has been having psychotherapy to deal with violence and sex problems.He started painting around 1988 and has not had any formal college art training. He has described creativity as the way out of the background in which he felt trapped.
Sunny Sutton's blend of situationist agitprop sloganing blended with his conceptual art sensibility have already caused quite a stir. He's cheeky style seems to always be just on the money and always willing to take it a little further.
Poet, philosopher, ponce, and an artist with all the subtlety of a tomahawk missile, Charlton was first discovered wondering the streets of Soho. Having decided to follow his muse he started to produce likeable but subversive art, much of it with a socio-political content, which garnered little critical acclaim but the F^%kers sold out like cole cans to crackheads.
Heart Throb, making hearts throb since 1981. This Glasgow based artist began studying oil painting in his childhood. From the advent of his formal studies he had the patience for meticulous rendering and favoured subjects that emphasized his drawing ability. Since graduating from the Handsome Boy modelling school, Heart Throb has concentrated on gallery work and commissions. Heart Throb draws inspiration from television, cartoons, news events, celebrities and religion. He uses iconic symbols and imagery from popular culture and remixes them to represent a personal ideal or cultural stance. He continuously explores these areas in his work; at times taking a dark and humorous approach, mixing religion with pornography or looking at the art world with a sometimes cynical eye. Using a traditional painting method Heart Throb mixes styles from the old masters to Manga, creating strange juxtapositions and compositions, with interwoven layers of meaning.
As with many others artists of his generation, the art of Ivan Crush is shaped by the seductive influence of the mass media; mixing and matching graphic motifs with childish personality, his bold and colourful work investigates the power of shape and colour.Having studied Visual Arts in Mexico his work has gone on to feature in galleries and cultural spaces in Mexico, Brazil and more recently the United States.
Jenkins's early career as a fashion photographer brings a high end finish to all his work that is often in shocking contrast to the subject matter he chooses. As well as commercial work in fashion, music and film he has undertaken two major works, one a collection or 'photographic biography' of the influence of Rock Music on his life, and the other an investigation into the culture, or rather our interpretation of the culture, of the indigenous people of Australia and is about to complete a Jenkins's has exhibited internationally with his portrait of Lee 'Scratch' Perry being purchased by The National Portrait Gallery for their permanent collection.