London's never been the most colourful place, except of course for the language, which is quite effing & blindingly bright. Bringing back some offshore vividness to the London art scene: Mesh137.
A London illustrator who spent much of his childhood in Mexico, Japan, and New York, Mesh has plundered their street cultures to create his own brand of dazzlingly hued canvases, an endeavor he says makes him a "fine art pirate", but which actually makes him a fine arrrrt pirate. Among his surprisingly detailed works is a series of florid, sexy pinup models like the bloodied Zombie, apparently after "Braaains… and shoes, and chocolate", the topless Pirate who's all about "Puttin' the curvy into scurvy", and the red Devil Girl, advertised as "Hot Stuff" presumably because you'll want to poker. In an effort to be more pop-cultural, he's also got more specific takes including the gleefully smiling "Hung like a Donkey" Kong, as well as the hyper-detailed Nautical But Nice collage spanning saltwater tropes like the Yellow Submarine, Super Mario's Bloopers, "The Wife Aquatic" topless mermaid ("there's plenty o' fish in the sea, but none with breasts like these"), and a rasta Popeye proclaiming "Light up the spinach" (because he's bong to the finish).
For reasons known only to him and his herbalist, he's also put together a series of teapots painted directly onto chunky woodblocks, notably the skull-emblazoned Red Teapot of Doom -- because when it all goes to pot, you can be sure we'll quite effing & blindingly throw on some PG Tips.