Sur le Mur Presents: LA to London Street Week (Review)

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect walking into a British Art Show benefiting Human Trafficking. It sounded like an “anything goes” kind of event but knowing the class factor of the Brits and the fact it was curated by a Canadian, I felt I was in good hands despite my hesitation.

Each artists’ work couldn’t have been more different just like the artists themselves. It was an extremely fun experience interviewing all three of them one by one. All of them had an intriguing story or experience to share alongside their artistic form. It was incredibly interesting, to say the least. What a combination of artists to put together and it was a job well done for curator, Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur.

Emmeric Conrad & I

Emmeric Conrad, the first artist I interviewed was totally dressed in fabulous British style with a black velvet jack and red handkerchief sticking out of the pocket. He’s a fine artist who occasionally does street art. His work, he says, is “Sexual, complicated, a little odd, with a sense of humor.” He moves over to show me a painting he did called “Bad Bunny” that is based on the famous photograph from Vietnam where they’re assassinating a guy in the middle of the street. This was his depiction of the scenario: his version was having a bunny rabbit with a face on, shot in the head.

He says it represents what wartime does, especially to our society, it breaks apart the fabric of society. When all that happened, it was 1967, Vietnam when a lot was going on societally during wartime.

Emmeric Conrad & "Bad Bunny"

The second artist, Lincoln Townley, I had the privilege of interviewing was the one who for the last three years, has been painting icons. It just so happens that this recent icon, is none other than the Queen of England. The artist said, “Who in my opinion, is the icon of all icons?” I responded, “The Queen of England.” It was her 90th birthday so he wanted to put it together. It was an unusual piece but typical all at the same time. There were also shirts available with the Queen paintings on them.

Lincoln Townley

The Queen of England

The third and last artist I spoke with was called “Risk”. I asked, “Where are your paintings, can we see some of them from here?”

Graffiti & Fine Artist, "Risk"

Brit Week in LA

“Yeah, I did big one in the camouflage piece in the back, you can kinda see it, a little sliver of it over there. I did that can right there. I did the Queen with the Rolling Stones tongue.” I told Risk, his work was totally my flavor and he’s actually LA based and doing it for 34 years. He started out as a troubled kid in school who scribbled drawings on paper and did graffiti art and turned it into a career for himself.

There was also one other artist, whom I didn’t get to interview, but had the privilege of watching him paint on a giant lion in the middle of the room with stencils and spray cans.

Lion Art

The entire event was put on by Sur le Mur, owned by the beautiful art consultant, manager and curator, Megan Phillips. It was held at The Desmond Building on Wilshire and benefiting Rock Against Street Traffic.

Artist Matthew Heller

There was a DJ, bartender with complimentary tequila and wine and the atmosphere was simply perfect for the event. Megan did a great job, so much so they extended the event due to popular demand. If you didn’t get to make it to LA London Week this time, be sure to do so next year because you’re surely missing out on some incredibly intriguing and interesting things, to say the least!

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