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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Press

Explore the links below for a variety of press articles.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2012/jun/26/art-exhibition-tour-de-france

https://amp.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2013/jul/02/beautiful-games-paradise-lost-tour

https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/general-view-of-a-portrait-painted-by-artist-james-straffon-news-photo/807667768

https://delano.lu/d/detail/news/tour-de-france-legends-told-through-art/149498

https://chronicle.lu/category/embassies-consulates/22436-22436-british-ambassador-hosts-vernissage-for-james-straffon-tour-de-france-bike-art-project-in-luxembourg

https://delano.lu/d/detail/news/tour-de-france-legends-told-through-art/149498

http://luxherald.com/0914-james-straffon-live-art-installation-paul-smith-store-luxembourg-city-centre.html

https://delano.lu/d/detail/snapshots/celebrations-fit-queen/149018#pid=14

https://road.cc/content/news/45839-cycling-art-le-baiser-de-sa-femme-janine-james-straffon

https://road.cc/content/news/149112-harrogates-tour-de-france-stencils-raise-%C2%A350000-charity

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/cycling/tour-de-france-stage-host-exhibits-its-cycling-heritage-1-6551693

https://road.cc/content/news/54033-artists-customised-shoes-bradley-wiggins-david-millar

https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/gallery/2017051169517/kate-middleton-luxembourg-visit-highlights/1/

https://www.rtl.lu/sport/news/a/1052841.html

http://centmagazine.co.uk/ruby-beautiful-design-led-collaborations/

https://www.banquehavilland.com/en/news/banque-havilland-sponsors-a-unique-cycling-art-project

http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/graphic-cycle

https://www.coppindockray.co.uk/project/highpoint-ii-apartment


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

James Straffon

James Straffon is an acclaimed British artist, who lives and works in London.

He works across a wide range of media, creating large-scale public art installations, private commissions and gallery exhibitions. His metier spans fine art, photography, film, and writing.

For a miscellany of press links and articles, click HERE


All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Portfolio

.
54 - a skate deck portrait series commemorating New York's iconic Studio 54 nightclub.
DECONSTRUCTED REGENERATION - a commission project with St Modwen, using abstract building blocks, cut from the negative spaces.
Pantera pardus. - A big cat, raising awareness for the plight of all endangered species across the planet.
Pride and the Peacock. - The national bird of India introduces a bold splash of colour to an urban side street in Tottenham.
When The Fox met The Rooster. And Other Stories. - A special commission in partnership with The British Embassy, Luxembourg, celebrating the Tour de France.
HARK - An urban art campaign commission for an east coast clothing boutique.
Coastal Chic - a special commission for a boutique store in Southwold, Suffolk.
An Objective Abstract - a special interior installation commissioned by Architecture and Design practice Coppin Dockray, invoking the work Kazimir Malevich.
A Rhino in The Herb Garden - An ecology project in association with North Harringay Primary School, London.
sKATE - Appropriating Peter Lindbergh’s iconic Kate Moss photograph within an urban street art context.
Keith. - A portrait of a Rolling Stone.
COMMISSIONS - well-researched, contextually specific artistic solutions, for a broad array of clients. For enquiries click HERE
Covfefe - A diptych exploring the socio-political unrest of a corrupt POTUS.
Oh Yeah? Wham! - a set of unique spray paint artworks, as part of the Coastal Chic commission.
LET US SPRAY - A print series to accompany HARK - the Angels of Southwold project.
MITOLOGIA ITALIANA - An exploration of the Italian cultural landscape, from 1909 to 1960; a work of fiction.
FABER - A commission featuring the 1909 Tour de France victor Francois Faber.
People Have The Power - a portrait of singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist Patti Smith fixed via an urban street culture context.
Through the Palace Gates. - A short film set in a north London urban allotment, on a summer’s evening.
Ulysses - a commission piece featuring the tropical Ulysses butterfly.
Design and Illustration - Graphic design and illustration work samples, spanning both print and digital media, for a wide cross-section of clients.
Photography and film - engaging an artist's eye for both still and moving imagery; visual exploits in both analogue and digital formats.
Urban and Street Art - a variety of projects on walls, including specially commissioned installation pieces. 
36 VIEWS OF PENTIRE - A contemporary reappropriation of the iconic Under the Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai. 
The Kirkgate Triptych - A bold composition incorporating a variety of historical visual reference points sourced from around Kirkgate Market, Leeds.
Verses On A Butterfly - A modern diptych, based on the poem by Joseph Warton - Verses On A Butterfly (1806).
LE TOUR - a broad, and complete monogram; a major solo exhibition on the Tour de France, with an accompanying book published by Rapha.
LE TOUR Book - to accompany the Tour de France London exhibition, this hardback book was published by Rapha Racing, with a forward by British cyclist David Millar. Available to buy HERE.
100e - an allegorical monograph commemorating 100 editions of the Tour de France.Using Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost as a thematic schema, this series traces the evolution of universal ideas.
Carbon, Sulphur and Paint - presented through one man's pursuit of the greatest race in the world - the Tour de France, these works celebrate the cinematic sporting vista, and its heros.
FAB66 - created as a fifty-year celebration of iconic cultural figures from 1966, includes the then fifty-year anniversary of VOGUE magazine.
English National Opera - three production campaigns for the UK's largest contemporary opera company.
Citius. Altius. Fortius - in celebration of the Summer Olympics held in London, 2012, these works revisit the great and good of past medal winners.
LUMO Series - an exploration of wearable technology through the medium of light painting.
Logitech UE BOOM - Promoting the award winning UE BOOM bluetooth speakers, through commissioned customise speakers, and two Foffa bike frames. Live custom artworks created during a London launch event.
Chroma and the Defining Moment - The ‘Chroma’ collection celebrates iconic moments from the world of sport, with Straffon collaborating with legendary sports photographer Gerry Cranham.
Paris Match - This series of artworks exposes the polemic relationship between fantasy and reality. Here Paris Match presents a two-fold fabrication - with the glossy facade of the cinematic, overlaying the inner reality of the everyday.
Pigment to Pixel - an exploration of digital process - application of traditional painting and drawing methods within a modern context.

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Studio 54




[spray paint and graffiti marker on vintage skateboards]

£750

FOUR DECKS REMAINING. VISIT CONTACT FOR BUYING INQUIRES.

This collection features a series of skate deck portraits, commemorating the famous New York nightclub - Studio 54, located at 254 West 54th Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway in Midtown Manhattan.

An interrelated quintet of iconic artists were frequent patrons - Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-michel Basquiat, Grace Jones and Debbie Harry.







"There were the beautiful people, the poseurs, the fantasists... It was about the mix of people, all in one place."
Grace Jones



"It's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor."
Andy Warhol





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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.