Street artist to unveil 'provocative' new work

PUBLISHED: 09:11 30 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 May 2014

Jamie's work has been described as 'subversive and provocative'.

Jamie's work has been described as 'subversive and provocative'.

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A WESTON street artist whose imaginative works across town have helped earn him a huge cult following will be staging a Bristol exhibition this week.

Barrow Gurney's former mental hospital has become home to a number of Jamie's works.Barrow Gurney's former mental hospital has become home to a number of Jamie's works.

Jamie Scanlon – known by the street moniker JPS – will be unveiling a new collection If Walls Could Talk at the Centrespace Gallery tonight (Friday).

The exhibition will be the latest in a number of high-profile gallery installations which have won Jamie legions of international fans and a clutch of accolades.

Previous shows have seen Jamie’s work displayed alongside that of Banksy and Andy Warhol, while his creations regularly rank among the top-rated street art pieces across the world on websites dedicated to the genre.

All this comes five years after the Mercury first featured Jamie, highlighting how he had turned to art to help him overcome a £1,000-a-week drug and alcohol addiction.

This Batman work can be seen off Weston's Regent Street.This Batman work can be seen off Weston's Regent Street.

Yet the 36-year-old, of Summerlands, told the Mercury he still has obstacles to overcome, notably his restrictive working conditions and prejudices against his form of art.

Jamie said: “It’s an incredibly difficult world to get noticed in and I am overwhelmed with how rapidly my fan base has grown.

“I guess if you dedicate yourself enough and occasionally take a risk from time to time good things will happen.

“I haven’t cashed in on my success - I am more interested in the work than money.

“However, at the level I’m at, battling from a bedroom floor and painting in a small shed does get very difficult.

“I’m hoping this exhibition will give me the launch pad I need to be able to paint much bigger artworks and hold a few free outdoor exhibitions.

“Street art can be acceptable but you must always be selective (of the location) as not to cause complaint.”

The If Walls Could Talk exhibition – featuring work described as ‘subversive and provocative’ and ‘emblazoned with wit and jocosity’ by one art writer - will open at the Leonard Lane gallery today, and run until June 5.

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