After being influenced by the eclectic music and more importantly videos of Aphex Twin, The Beastie Boys and Bjork in the late nineties Copyright decided to study photography and video production at his local college. It was here he discovered a seemingly limitless supply of art materials he could ‘borrow’ to create his own paintings. It was soon after he had his own eureka mom...ent when he realised he could turn his photographs into stencils. When his source of free supplies finally dried up he turned to the streets as a new free canvas. It was in this very public domain that his work began getting noticed and it wasn’t long before his first showing at a gallery. Many years later with no formal art training or qualifications he is continuously experimenting and pushing his work forward, mixing new materials and techniques with his trademark style with the resulting paintings being as much fine art as street art.
Over the last decade Copyright has been invited to show his work worldwide including sell out solo shows in London and Tokyo and most recently his Precious Damage show which saw him sell all 50 works in 3 hours. He was asked to design the cover of Reload Magazine to go alongside a feature about his art, as well as pieces in Harpers Bazaar, Teen Vogue and Modart amongst others. He was featured on Series 8 of the BBC show ‘The Apprentice’ in May 2012 after being selected by the contestants as part of a task based on street art. His highly stylised work and unique style has proven popular with both national and international collectors including a number of celebrities and Premier League footballers.
Copyright has been daubing the streets of the UK with his trademark pink roses for years now and his work has been collected by the likes of Liam Howlett from the Prodigy. His paintings represent ideals from the modern world and culture, portrayed within classic imagery of simple beauty, often depicted by butterflies, flowers and beautiful women. His pictures represent a contradiction of idealism and unattainable visions of beauty found in fashion, music and popular culture. Fusing Street art, graffiti and more traditional styles he uses a mixture of classic painting techniques and spray can art. He creates print styles with stencils, depth with spray paint and texture with a paintbrush. Copyright sights his influences as Alfred Hitchcock, William Shakespeare, Banksy, Warhol and Pre Raphaelite artists.