Ministry of Walls visited Cosmo Sarsons atelier in East London
British artist Cosmo Sarson
hit the headlines with his giant 28ft mural of Jesus breakdancing, created with over 1 kilo of gold glitter on a prestigious Bristol wall. Cosmo studied fine art painting at The Byam Shaw School of Art, achieving early success as a student when his degree show was sponsored by Paul Smith. A recent project for the charity Age Concern was shown at the Saatchi Gallery and this summer has seen Cosmo commissioned by BT to customise a classic K2 phonebox. Ministry of walls visited Cosmo Sarsons atelier in London. It was a great day together with Cosmo. And we ordered direct in Cosmo Sarsons atelier some fantastic artworks for the Ministry of Walls Street Art Gallery Cologne. We love Cosmo.
Working in oils and gouache, Cosmo Sarson, began exploring themes around Hip Hop culture, creating almost trompe l’oeil images of breakdancers, skateboarders and bmx riders. He stopped painting in 1997, hanging up his brushes after a solo show on Regents Street. He remained retired from the art scene, in which his friends included the then relatively unknown Nick Walker and Ben Eine, until 2009.
“Being an artist isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle, and it only pays for the lucky few, so you’ve got to work out how to survive and paint at the same time,” Cosmo explained in an interview. Between ’97 and ’09, he found work as an art director in advertising and then as a scenic artist on film sets. He painted everything, from large scenic backings, to old master paintings that hung as props, from frescoes to graffiti.
His now famous ‘Breakdancing Jesus’ painting was one of the ideas Cosmo had during the 12 dark years he didn’t have a studio, “I promised myself that it would be one of the first paintings I would make upon my eventual return.” His last paintings of ’97 were self portraits of Cosmo breakdancing so in an interview he explained “like Jesus coming out of the cave, it was kind of apocryphal that I should return from the dead also, and to the same subject matter, but with Christ risen in my place.”
It was a great day in Cosmo Sarsos atelier. At any time the Ministry of Walls Street Art Gallery Cologne has more than six original unique works in stock.
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