Monday, 8 August 2011
Soulful Gallery Collective Turning Japanese
Urban artist collective Soulful Gallery has been commissioned by brand experience company N2O to supply the backdrop for Japan’s prime brew, Kirin Ichiban’s pop-up Yatai restaurant in the Dray Walk Gallery, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London. This will be in-situ from 3rd - 8th August. Soulful Gallery artists Koze, Squirl, Matt Latchford and Dan Wilson brought their unique urban art styles into full effect to create a downtown Tokyo street scene for the event. The result is a series of Japanese inspired street art walls – complete with hand painted brickwork, graffiti, peeling posters and fantastical traditional and kawaii characters.
Soulful founder and veteran graffiti artist Koze says, “We had serious fun painting the pieces at the studio, mixing up our unique styles to create an edgy but realistic street vibe that we felt wouldn’t look out of place in Tokyo whilst at the same time keeping real to our own work. We often work on a large scale but at 22m long and 2.5m high this is our largest piece to date. It took a lot of planning to get every detail right including the brick work, however people’s response has been fantastic.”
The bespoke Japanese street art walls created uniquely for this exciting pop up Yatai experience are being auctioned to raise money for the Japan Society Tohuku Earthquake Relief Fund. For the opportunity to own a piece of this unique work, just go www.n2o.co.uk/kirin-street-art - you can bid until 23:00 BST Monday 8th August 2011.