Welder turns his hand to street painting

Some of Chris' graffiti art titled 'I shall not paint walls'

Some of Chris' graffiti art titled 'I shall not paint walls'

STEVE CANAVAN: A real cliffhanger in the Lakes

1
Have your say

IT’S amazing what can be done with a can of spray paint, a steady hand and a creative mind.

Street artist Chris Briden has proven this with a series of thought-provoking paintings on show at The Spring in East Street, Havant.

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

The exhibition runs until March 20 and is inspired by Chris’ imagination.

Chris was a welder who worked at Portsmouth’s dockyard for 12 years but was made redundant, giving him more time to concentrate on his art.

He has been working in designated legal graffiti sites since the age of 14 and has painted several pieces at Fratton Park. After painting on walls for years, he has now branched out into canvasses.

‘It’s been a few years I have been into canvasses, being able to scale it down,’ said the 30-year-old.

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

‘It’s nice seeing free-hand spray painting rather than the stencils that get a lot of the attention at the moment.

‘There’s still a lot of stigma about graffiti.

‘This is to show people what’s being done with spray paint, as opposed to just painting on walls.’

It takes him, on average, eight hours to paint a canvass and a bit longer for a wall.

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Many of Chris’ paintings regard the fairer sex.

He explains: ‘I have always preferred painting women.

‘If I see something I like, I will paint it.’

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Street Art Images The Spring'**AWAITING CAPTIONS***''From: Darren Corps <darrenc@thespring.co.uk>

Back to the top of the page