Words by Mia Kingsley
This week Phlegm is our chosen Street Artist. Phlegm is Sheffield based and is primarily an illustrator & cartoonist, his graffiti artwork is an extension of his illustrations. After looking at his characters all morning I have become quite intrigued, they are strange looking creatures that hang out in packs and are always up to something. Moving around the city or operating an obscure machine sometime disguised as giant animals. They remind me of beings that slip in and out of your dreams just as they slip in and out of our streets.
Here are four cruising around in a giant mechanical fish.
If you look closely, there are characters inside the mouth, giving some dental work to this incredibly detailed crocodile. The patterns Phlegm has created in this piece are amazing, giving real texture to the crocodile scaly skin.
Here you can see the style of the characters more closely, they are extremely similar to one another not showing many individual traits. They all have very long limbs and small heads and sometimes if you look really close a lot of them have hairy legs!
Phlegm’s work is evidently quite surreal, his characters are most definitely drawn from the imagination as are their activities.
Inside another strange beast, dissecting maybe?
Here Phlegm has his work displayed for the Southbank summer festival along side Roa, a previous street artist of our’s. Here his characters are a little more individual, each having animalistic looks but still obtain the signature long limbs and smalls faces.
This is one Phlegm’s illustrations, the detail is awesome! If you want to see some more of Phlegm’s art work, graffiti or illustration here is a link to his website and to his shop if you fancy getting hold of one of his comics.