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Tom Bingle

Tom Bingle

from Inkie

London, UK

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1980’s Bristol, the birth of what we understand today as the Modern Street Art scene. Graffiti transcends ‘vandalism’  to become complicated elegant works of art and political, humorous pictures start appearing on walls for the first time.  In 1989, this creative boom was tackled by UK police in a raid termed ‘Operation Anderson’, the largest UK graffiti bust on record. The ‘Kingpin’, responsible for 72 other graffiti writers was arrested, that ‘Kingpin’ was street artist ‘Inkie’. Named in Timeout's Top 100 most influential creatives 2012, Tom Bingle aka Inkie, has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti writers in UK history. He has painted with some of the most notorious artists on the scene, including Banksy, Nick Walker and 3D. Denounced as “Banksy’s right-hand man” by The Daily Mail and simultaneously lauded by The Times, his work has been published in books such as Banksy’s Bristol, Children of the Can, Graffiti World and Street Fonts and well respected magazines such as Rolling Stne, GQ and Dazed & Confused. In 2007, he was featured in the LA graffiti documentary Bomb It. His work is coveted by celebrity followers including: Cara Delevingne, Robbie Williams, Jade Jagger, Fatboy Slim, Sean Pertwee and Seth Troxler. The art of Inkie is characterised by a unique collaboration of graffiti and figurative imagery. His widely recognised style draws on Art Nouveau influences with an unmistakeable urban twist; Portraits of beautiful women are usually accompanied by a poignant words or phrases; faces are understated, almost anime and are framed with his iconic stylised flowing hair. Works can be found on walls, prints, canvas and even jewellery, sold and exhibited worldwide As well as creating his own works, Inkie has worked as head of design for SEGA, Xbox and until recently, worked as Jade Jagger’s in-house designer. He also runs a West London design studio creating prints, illustrations, clothing and with his trademark beauty on large-scale pieces.  Recent exhibitions include London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Ibiza, Warsaw and Lisbon. His latest project is a collective featuring artists such as Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers, D-face and Mr Brainwash and will be opening October 2013 at Saatchi Gallery “Street Art Pioneer” – the Telegraph “Banksy’s right hand man” - Daily Mail “A Legend of the UK urban art scene” - LeCool "British Graffiti King" - Rolling Stone “The Kingpin of the Bristol scene” - British Transport Police “Without Inkie there would be no Lazirides gallery!” Steve Lazirides One of Timeout's Top100 most influential creatives 2012 A Member of the Courvoisier future 500 Curator of See No Evil - Europe's largest Street Art Event His Gromit statue recently sold for £24,000 at auction