Telling a passionate artist’s captivating story

Image credit: Birmingham Mail

In 2005, I collaborated with renowned graffiti artist Temper to produce a limited-edition 60-page book exploring his career so far.

Here are the 10 main chapters in full.

Part 1: Introducing…

‘He wasn’t an artist, he wasn’t an art critic, but if it didn’t look like Mussolini he’d say so. That’s the only art lesson I had’ … [more]

Part 2: The Good Die Young

Losing eight of your close family in a lifetime is devastating. Losing them in a single year is enough to tear your life apart… [more]

Part 3: Decade Collection

‘Ten years, crunched into an easily-digestible visual thing’ … [more]

Part 4: Minuteman Exhibition

‘What was the point of being the first graffiti artist in a public gallery without actually making a few statements?’ … [more]

Part 5: Popcorn Collection

For a dyslexic child struggling with words, comic books throw open a vibrant universe of storytelling… [more]

Part 6: Signature Sprite Can

‘I won everybody’s vote for eight weeks on the trot. Undisputed. It was obvious it had to be my work’ … [more]

Part 7: Saatchi & Saatchi

‘He had an office in London he wanted me to paint. He was very creative, but I didn’t know he was a Creative Director’ … [more]

Part 8: Too Good to Die Young

The next stage of the bereavement process was to splash the colour back in glorious celebration of what made them iconic… [more]

Part 9: Move Collection

‘I didn’t want to see faces; I didn’t want to see limbs. I wanted them to look awkward’ … [more]

Part 10: Outroduction

Now is the calm before the storm; the slow-motion leap before the fight begins. It’s safe to say that Temper will be around for many years to come… [more]

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