Lamb To Slaughter manage publicity and clients for CHU’s multi-faceted talents, from his deliciously disorientating extra-dimensional artworks and installations to his satirical one-liners, the 3D genius and professor of light gymnastics are downright unforgettable.

Iconic and iconoclastic all at once, memorable pieces such as the hand-tufted PIKEA rug, the London Underground signs in the form of ‘SODTHERICH’ and ‘WETMINISTERS’ (work it out!) limited edition and hand-made wooden signs take CHU’s art off the streets while proving he’s still 100% of the street.

With more than thirty years’ experience painting street pieces, including projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett among many others, the ‘Escher of UK street art’ and founder of Graffiti Bastards has a uniquely wry perspective on life that’s won him countless fans, friends and enemies in high places – and his images have been exhibited globally to great acclaim.

• Launch event for the Graffiti Bastards show in Birmingham’s Custard Factory
• Painting his first stereoscopic 3d painting at Urban Games
• Working alongside Banksy and the burgeoning Pictures on Walls
• Helping Jamie Hewlett ‘paint’ 18 whole cars of a Virgin train
• Taught graffiti in Afghanistan & London College of Fashion
• Giving his hometown a 100ft & 15ft mural declaring ‘Born in Walsall’
• Creating the world’s largest aerosol mural singlehandedly
• Creating an 11 foot wooden, cubic experiment that makes the corners vanish when viewed from inside
• Sitting on a coach waiting for the sun to rise with Futura on his 40th birthday, so they could photograph their paintings at an outdoor rave
• Painted inside the bomb-proof basement car park of the Swiss embassy with Banksy
• Painting the ladies toilet at the Big Breakfast house in East London
• Only graffiti artist to work on the walls of the Barbican in London
• 200ft by 20ft mural inside the Selfridges store in Birmingham

DANAD VERSUS for Danad Design



Coming to the Viking Gallery: the inaugural exhibition of limited edition wall art prints and furniture from the iconic (and iconoclastic) collective reputed to be the evolutionary ‘missing link’ between Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism.

It’s sixty years since the birth of Danad in the halcyon daze of the late fifties: an iconoclastic and now iconic experimental design company founded on the fine art of six seminal British artists: Robyn Denny, Peter Blake, Tom Adams, Bernard Cohen, Barry Daniels and Edward Wright.

And although individually most of them went on to achieve fame, all achieved greatness, with or without the associated glory – yet only now have their complete works finally come literally to light. Because Mark Daniels, the son of Danad’s Barry Daniels, unearthed the original works in this exhibition little more than a year ago in the dark and unvisited basement of the Georgian manor house in Hertfordshire that was Danad’s communal home, hangout and creative hothouse.

It was there that the six painters and sculptors fused their talents with those of architects Peter Adams and Colin Huntley to encapsulate the essence of their art in their own hand-made, inspirational furniture – tearing art down off the walls so it could be all around your room. You could sit on it, eat dinner off it, even stand on it… So, literally, these everyday objects became a new platform from which to exhibit their work – and that’s now considered by many art historians to be a defining feature of Pop Art.

The furniture was hand-crafted; never mass-produced. It was available only through Liberty, Heals and Harrods and in Danad Design’s mayfly lifetime of less than four fast-burning years it helped to launch the careers of some of Britain’s most respected artists. Now it’s going to be on show for an appropriately brief span at the Viking Gallery, along with limited edition prints of the two-dimensional imagery that inspires and adorns it and with which it shares its DNA.

And although Danad’s roots are in the Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist era, its fruits are very much of today. Upstairs at the Viking Gallery there’ll be a small exhibition of pieces from Danad Versus – the works of the Danad collective revived and ‘remixed’ on a very contemporary palette. Mark Daniels has handed over a selection of Danad originals to a select few modern-day artists and street artists including Chu, Ticker, Giddy Aunt and Descent. And these kindred spirits are rekindling the Danad flame with a whole new mash-up of 50s and 60s Pop Art with the art of the 21st century streets!



by Giddy Aunt for Danad Versus




By Chu for Danad Versus




Danad Design featured in Jocks and Nerds


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DANAD Gallery launches this weekend with 3 iconoclastic artists: CHU, Swifty and Jamie Reid

This Saturday sees the inaugural opening of the highly anticipated DANAD Gallery, not in London but 20 miles north in the County town of Hertfordshire, Hertford.  Occupying a disused two storey music/club venue formerly known as Elbert Wurlings.

DANAD is a name with an impeccable fine art pedigree that goes back more than half a century.  DANAD design is an iconic design brand first conceived in 1958 as the brainchild of a hothouse collective of artists who lived and worked in the dilapidated splendour of their communal home Marden Hill, the Georgian country house in Hertfordshire.  Those artists included Tom Adams, the late Barry Daniels, Sir Peter Blake, Bernard Cohen and Robin Denny, acknowledged as some of the originators of the Pop Art movement, possibly the first as recently reported by the V&A, London – preceeding the likes of Andy Warhol.

Barry Daniels son Mark debuts the first DANAD show with three handpicked artists who each, in their own way epitomised the musical zeitgeist.  Each of the three artists’ works have a common irony of being iconoclastic in their own right.  Collectively their imagination, provocative styles have scared people out of complacency; art that changed history and art that changed lives.

This first exhibition at the new gallery runs for 3 weeks, is a fitting homage to the roots of a brand that took fine art off the walls and made it part of the everyday; through graphic novels and comic book art; through street graffiti and through political and social comment, each of these artists have done the same and they continue to do so with their current works.

CHU, Swifty and Jamie are outlaw artists whose work is inextricably entwined with some of the era-defining music of our lifetimes – from punk and jazz to jungle and hip-hop; Jamie Reid us the Sex Pistols, Swifty gave us Acid Jazz and Mo Wax and CHU came via the explosive UK Hip Hop movement with Goldie and Futura 2000.

Exploring (literally) new perspectives and embracing computer-aided technologies, Chu’s work has continued to push back the boundaries of graffiti since he first began experimenting with aerosol paint and home computers in the late 1980s, Chu describes his creations as ‘gently reminding us of the everyday conflict between digital and analogue devices’.
Over some 30 years, he has worked with some of the most culturally influential artists of our time, including projects with Banksy and the seminal Pictures on Walls collective (notably painting at the Swiss Embassy in London and for the groundbreaking opera ‘Monkey Journey to the West’) and with Jamie Hewlett of Tank Girl and Gorillaz fame.  As well as teaching graffiti at the London College of Fashion and in Afghanistan, Chu cites as a career highlight sitting in a coach waiting for the sun to rise with Futura on his 40th Birthday so they photograph their painting at an outdoor rave (Futura 2000 was the artist/rapper who first saw fame after paining ‘live on stage with the Clash on their Combat Rock Tour and later worked on many cover design for James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax Acid Jazz/Trip Hop-orientated record label)



Download interview with CHU which appeared in Very Nearly Almost (VNA)


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Situationist artist and anarchist Jamie almost single-handedly created UK punk rock’s visual aesthetic, notably with his cover designs for the Sex Pistols, including their Never Mind the Bollocks album and, most notoriously, the cover for the banned No. 1 single God Save the Queen, which took an Cecil Beaton portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and adorned her with a safety pin through her nose and swastikas in her eyes. The image has been described by Sean O’Hagan of The Observer as ‘the single most iconic image of the punk era’. This exhibition includes the piece in a similar vein that originally caught the eye of Pistols manager/Svengali Malcolm McClaren and led to the commission for those era-defining images.

Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid



Even if you have never heard of Swifty you can bet your life you’ve seen or even owned a piece of his artwork.  For two decades this man has cast an innovative and distinctive visual shadow over contemporary club culture… ‘ Paul Radshaw, publisher/editor, Straight No Chaser.

Swifty’s almost ubiquitous name and creations are indelibly imprinted on much of the most significant music of the nineties through to the present day, especially Trip Hop/Acid Jazz-related genres – notably design work for the influential Straight No Chaser magazine and seminal labels such as Giles Peterson’s Talkin Loud and Brownswood record labels, James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax, Fourth & Broadway Records, Mo’ Music and Blue Note Records (Japan) amongst countless others.  Then there are his countless TV title sequences, t-shirt and skateboard designs and the fine art that appears in this exhibition.

PRIVATE VIEW: Saturday 8th November, 7.30pm until midnight

OPENING: Monday 10th November, 12 noon until 9pm

DANAD Gallery (formerly Elbert Wurlings), Pegs Lane, Hertford SG13 8EG

For all enquiries regarding the DANAD Gallery, please contact Mark Daniels:

ART NEWS: CHU creates ground-breaking artwork for “Mohawk” CD by scholar and renegade poet and former manager of the MC5 – John Sinclair

CHU, the Black Country, tech savvy, rule-breaking, progressive wordsmith and thinker – an ardent advocate of aerosol painting and its vanguard for over 30 years with global public works and murals, 3D perspective illusions and many group shows under his Walsall leather belt has collaborated with Iron Man Records. His post-industrial artwork (collected from over 200 unique, freehand images) cradles his visual imaginations for the packaging for John Sinclair’s latest album – entitled Mohawk.

CHU’s work has included projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett among many others, he founded Graffiti Bastards and he has been described as the ‘Escher of UK street art’.

Release date: 24 March 2014

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Our picks at Moniker/Other Art Fair, East London

The last day of Moniker/Other Art Fair today – the Private View was mobbed and we had too much fun! Here are our picks and personal favourites from the show – which was packed full of talent and variety this year – especially Souled Out Studio’s Vietnam bunker….


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