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International graffiti artist's Stafford exhibition showcases iconic album covers.

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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SOME OF music's most iconic album covers are recreated in a stunning new display by an internationally-acclaimed graffiti artist.

The collection, Cover:Versions is a composition inspired by 12 of music's most iconic records that have been transformed by artist Temper, who has been commissioned by stars including Roman Abramovich, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Saatchi and Saatchi and created graffiti art for Coca-Cola.

The works are being shown and are on sale as limited edition prints at Stafford's Riverside Gallery, Mill Bank.

The original pieces are created using oils and acrylic, a first for the graffiti artist who is known for his skills with a spray can.

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He has taken well-known album artwork from successful and influential artists and added his own iconic graffiti characters, the B-Boys, which have been with him since the start of his career.

He said: "Using oil paint was so different to spray paint, spray paint travels out of the spray can at approximately 130mph so in effect my brain has to be working at least 260mph to keep ahead of the paint. Although, when it came to the use of oil it was quite frustrating at first to feel my brain rushing to my usual speed and realising that oil paint moves at 5mph."

Speaking about the collection, Temper, born Arron Bird, added: "My first introduction to art was seeing album covers in a cousin's house and this is something that has always stuck with me. I've always been known for my photo realism and this collection has allowed me to show another side of myself and explore a new medium."

The signed prints are priced £395 each.

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