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Mr Jiver (AKA Jive)

Mr Jive AKA Jive mural and hand painted chess set

Mr.  Jiver is a London based artist who has been making his name in the global graffiti scene since 1997 when he first picked up a spray can. Since being a student at London’s Central St Martins he has gone on to paint artwork all over the world, including; New York, Barcelona, Prague, Milan, across the UK and most notably Dubai, where he worked as part of a world renowned team of artists who successfully broke the Guinness World Record for the largest graffiti wall ever painted.

Over the last 20 years he has taken inspiration from some of his favourite artists including Futura 2000 and Dondi as well as his own artistic surroundings. His more recent abstract expressionism work on canvas brings to light some of his influences from much loved artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Franz Kline, whilst maintaining the strong connection to his original art form.

“When I was asked to create a chess set for Purling I was extremely excited to get started, I usually paint really large canvasses and walls so for me to paint so small was a challenge. At the time I painted the pieces I was using a lot of pinks and felt that it was relevant to use it when painting the chess sets. Black, pink and white are all very strong colours and together make the perfect balance of darkness and light. There are a lot of layers in the art work and parts that are no longer visible, much like a chess game. “

​Mr Jiver

 

Mr Jive AKA Jive hand painted chess pieces
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