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These paintings were originally inspired by the London riots in 2011. As riot police gathered outside my studio door and helicopters circled overhead, the electrical energy that I felt in the air was translated directly into my canvases. This resulted in a style that I call the 'scribble paintings', made up of layers of energetic lines of coloured spray paint, incorporating images from the riots.

Since the Arab Spring in 2010, riots continued to take place around the world, and I thought it was the relevant time to show these paintings. A common thread that can be seen in these riots is the individual's resistance and intolerance of government systems or regimes, and of being forced into marginalised economic conditions. These paintings are observations of social unrest and acts of individual defiance.
  
Jimmy C 
Sept 2013 
 
 
  
 
 
 
Riot Police
Spray paint on canvas, 150x150cm 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Defy
Aerosol on canvas, 155x235cm 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Defy (part 3)
Spray paint on canvas, 120x150cm   
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Ablaze
Aerosol on canvas, 92x122cm 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Resistance
Spray paint on canvas, 150x150cm   
 

 
 



 

 
 
 
                                                                                               London Youth  2012 
    Aerosol on canvas, 165x135cm
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
   
 
 Defy (part 2)
Spray paint on canvas, 100x177cm 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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