Xenz paints immersive mural in Wadadli Kitchen
We had the pleasure of sitting down with legendary artist Xenz, to discuss his work, origins of inspiration and all things East London! Whilst he painted the breathtaking mural at legendary venue Wadadli Kitchen, which is the coolest Caribbean restaurant and bar with breathtaking views of Hackney Wick's skyline and all the vibrant street art!
Xenz, you have been working across the world on a number of creative projects for over 20 years now with street art and made a household name for yourself. How does it feel looking back in the early days of beginning your experimentation with art at age 14?
I think the 14-year-old me would be amazed
We see elements of tropical landscapes in your work, what first inspired you to paint these murals of paradise?
When I was young we only had books it was before the internet and it was encyclopaedias with pictures of animals and far away lands that I’d look at and it would stimulate my imagination. I was living in a small northern city and these pictures gave me a sense of escapism. I also want my work as a street artist not to look like everyone else’s stuff. I want people to see my work and know it’s me without having to read the signature.
Your recent work includes utilising painting styles, to create realistic images. What was the inspiration behind this?
I want my work to transport the viewer and I try to archive this by using different subjects or techniques I think it’s important to try lots of different ways to get your ideas into reality.
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