The driving force in my life as an artist has been my need to rework the world around me much of which has been disjointed and chaotic. Growing up in London during the blitz and having parents separate partly because of this and wartime austerity slipping down the social ladder and from the age 11 living in government housing. Being forced to learn to box my way out of trouble. I ran away from home an number of times. The only good thing that happened was I won a Junior Art Award at 13 that allowed me to attend art college full time and start my career as an artist.
I can look back and see the difference I have made in all of places and situations that have been in. From being on the organizing committee for Britain’s first POP art splash in 1962 with the student show the Young Contemporaries whilst at the Royal College of Art. To launching Graffiti as an art movement with the Canal Zone Concept in 1979. Mentoring has always been an essential part of my development and inspiration. I have always picked up a spark when as a mentor there has been a need for change in my world and and the world around me. The Spark In those with a strong and original persona wanting to break out and reach new heights and levels of brilliance.