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When you walk down the streets of Kensington, Marylebone, Richmond or any other London neighborhood, keep an eye on the clouds. There’s no need to look up, if you know where to look. These puffy blue clouds are thanks to street artist Myne, who spreads his clouds across the city and beyond. Myne’s signature blue clouds feature crossed eyes and straight little mouths and we’re sure they will make you smile.
“The cloud was unplanned. It just kinda happened,” Myne says. “It took all I knew, tumble dried it and tossed it back, loosely and in chunks. And then I became obsessed.”
In gray, foggy London, it’s no surprise these clouds took off. The city’s skies are often darkened by rain and dense fog that turns the air into thick stew, so these cerulean anthropomorphized clouds are a welcome sight.
“What’s above dictates how we behave,” Myne says. “If it’s raining we take an umbrella. If it’s cloudy, we get confused and sport a scarf with shorts, just in case it’s one of those four-seasons-in-one things; if it’s windy, we get blown away and sent to the heavens.”
Myne at work in Marylebone, 2011. Courtesy of Myne.
The painted clouds have taken over Myne’s life, become a force as unpredictable as the weather. He has questioned the merits of this obsession, but in the end, the clouds always win, and Myne still finds himself heading out late at night with a broom, a bucket of paste and his puffy friends in tow. Though the clouds exert their own power, Myne has the relationship under control: “Don’t worry, I only sit down for tea and crumpets with a cloud once a week. It’s our rainy day Tuesdays. We talk weather patterns.”
Though the clouds have given Myne direction, he says the life of an independent artist is still full of challenges. “I guess the greatest challenge lies in the paradox of what it is I’m trying to do: paint and justify not doing anything else.” Like many of Boticca’s designers, Myne must balance his creative work with that of developing a brand: networking, creating commercially viable products and expanding his audience. “I’ve gotta sell work to make more,” Myne says. “Associating yourself with the right people will keep things on the move.”
Myne is still hard at work, making his mark on the streets of London, but his clouds now set in different contexts. “I’m currently working on new concepts themed around hospitals, nurses and jars of clouds.” He is also expanding his reach. Though you can still find Myne’s clouds on brick walls in the city, you can also take them home in the form of original pieces of art, screen print editions, laser cut works on wood and soon, an apparel line. As for new locations, Myne would love to send his clouds skyward. “Dream location? How about a blimp? I’d paint clouds in they sky.”
A final word of advice, from one independent artist to other creatives:
“Street renovations are all about an audience. This is what keeps it alive and without it, there is little point. If anything, I guess I would advise other artists to find themselves and then their audience. I’m still looking.”
Give Myne some love: Like him at facebook.com/myneandyours and follow him on Twitter @itsmyneandyours. You can also check him out on Flickr. Lucky us: we’ve also got a gorgeous Myne original. Spread it around and share your love of unique, independent art.