I’m an Artist and Illustrator originally from Nottingham. Currently based in the heartbeat of London.
My skills are principally within mixed media and digital collage combined with graffiti. I document and observe the world around us, telling the stories of lives and journeys as they pass through this adventure. I like to focus in on emotions being expressed and manifested in different mediums.
Coming from a background of graffiti, with 8+ years’ of experience, it played a huge impact on my prolific style and has gotten me to where I am now. It’s given me the opportunity to work with other artists, musicians and travel the world.
Examples of this influence are being part of the well-recognized documentary ‘Pride, Pole and Prejudice’, shown at the infamous Regent Street cinema. The film was nominated at 2015 Santé Fe film awards in New Mexico. I have also worked with political activist, artist and poet ‘Lowkey’ and have had the privilege of my work being a part of a DVD on the history of Nottingham. This art was shown at the Nottingham Trent University.
As I’ve evolved my style has moved away from typographic letters and graffiti to a move Illustrative expression. Many have described my style as a juxtaposition of expressive, aggressive and playful nature. I aim to incorporate a range of different techniques within each piece making each one individual and meaningful. A balance between raw art and having a sharp point of view.
With my work I challenge the viewer to look from different vantage points and see something you’re not accustomed to seeing. Offering the viewer with an alternate perception of the given subject. My work is a voice for the voiceless. Allowing the opportunity for all to have a presence and to demonstrate that we are one.
We live in a world abundant with hate and divide, whether that be race, gender, faith or other. My work is created to challenge that divide from the very core. Allowing for a new vision to set in as we continue to journey.
May 2017 - Feature in ‘Hangry’ blog http://www.giadagiachino.com/hangry/2017/6/3/usama-kise-tied-together
May 2017 - 'Shift' Illustration and Visual Communication final degree show catalogue
May 2017: Feature on the Business of Fashion’s Instagram -
May 2017: Experience Nottinghamshire feature -
December 2016: Exposition blog feature -
April 2014: Gloucester Citizen feature -
2011 - Present: Coloured souls collective -
April 2011: History of Nottingham Graffiti Documentary
May 2016 - Distant Horizon travel award
March 2015 - Artist of the month at Creative Debuts -
May 2017: 'Shift Happens' - Richmix, Bethnal Green, London
May 2017: 'Sprectrum' - 508 Kings Road gallery, Chelsea, London
March 2017: 'Creative 508' - 508 Kings Road gallery, Chelsea, London
December 2016: 'Exhibition 191' - Black and White building, London
March 2016: 'Ineffable' - Gallery West, University of Westminster, London
April 2015: 'The Untold' - Gallery West, University of Westminster, London
March 2015: 'Creative Debuts Showcase' - Black and White building, London
December 2014: 'The Body Politic' - Gallery West, University of Westminster, London
September 2013: 'Notts Property' - Switch gallery, Nottingham
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