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My name is Lovepusher. I’m a graffiti artist from London and I’m best known for my unique 3D style and large scale productions.
I’ve been actively writing for 17 years.
I’ve been painting using a 3D style and writing this message now for the last 9 years, and in that time I’ve never come across any prejudice or animosity towards me regarding my views or work. At the same time I’m not naive to the fact that some people may not understand what I’m doing or just plain outright hate it. I believe everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but those opinions will not affect my artistic direction as I have self confidence and a strong personal belief in my artwork.
Prejudice normally comes from a lack of knowledge or awareness of a situation, place or person. Most of these prejudgements come from conjecture or assumptions based on very little evidence. Seeing the name Jesus in my artwork may lead people to assume that I’m some overzealous Christian guy who’s going to tell them that they’re going to hell or that they should convert over to Christianity, which is not the case. Anyone who knows or has actually met me will know that I’m not like that at all.
As a Christian I’m proud of my beliefs while at the same time respecting of all other systems of faith. Surprisingly, I’m actually fascinated by the world’s different faith systems and the parallels they have with Christianity. This interest was evident in 2011 when I made specific trips to various countries to observe and experience different cultures and religions. While in Thailand, I had the chance to read the teachings of Buddha and visited many of the sacred Buddhist Temples. In Egypt I connected with a local man and spent 2 days listening to him express his passion for Islam and the importance of the Quran within Muslim life. While in Israel, a trusted guide took me to the Western wall and educated me on Judaism, one of the oldest religions on earth. I think it’s important that before you choose to make judgements or have an opinion on a belief system you really need to experience it directly and not rely solely on the distorted views created and projected by the western media. In terms of a place to promote your personal views, I think graffiti is probably one of the best avenues in which to use to do this. The graffiti culture is one of the last places in which you can express yourself freely without extreme censorship. As I stated before, I’m sure some people probably don’t like the idea of spirituality or religion being incorporated into graffiti, but I would ask this question, in a culture that is already heavily over saturated with images of naked women, guns, and violent verbs and in some cases even Satanism, why would one positive message amongst all of this make people feel so uncomfortable or even threatened?
After 8 years of painting illegally I noticed my style hadn’t really changed. And despite having the ability, I never fully pushed the potential of my then traditional London style. I suppose the worry of looking back through the years and seeing only mild changes in my style concerned me so I wanted to try something completely new, something that would really challenge me mentally and creatively; that came in the form of 3D.
The direct inspiration to take up painting in a 3D format came from the London artist Insa. Back in 2002/3 in suburbs of south London I came across and large scale mural, which featured a number of international graffiti artists like Darco FBI, Kem5, Totem2 , Astek and Solo One. There were so many great works of art on that wall, but one piece in particular stood out and that was a 3D piece by Insa. When I saw that piece in the flesh I just remember being totally blown away and wondering how on earth he managed to make the letters literally come out of the wall. While looking at Insa’s 3D piece I was totally baffled but the same time caught in deep thought about possibility of creating and developing my own 3D style.