While many artists start their street art careers with graffiti lettering, a few, like Phlegm, enter the scene because of a yearning for a new canvas. With a long background of being a self-published cartoonist, Phlegm decided to try his hand at creating his art on a much larger scale, and turned to cityscapes to provide him with the space for this large scale work. Even though he is producing his street art on a large scale, he still pays attention to the tiny decorative details that give his designs an intricate appeal. The result is street art that can be admired from afar but also examined up close. This sets Phlegm’s work apart from many street artists, whose work is excellent when viewed from a distance, but loses perspective and detail when examined closely.
Phlegm says he feels he is more creative when he works alone, and when he is now creating commissioned work or art for gallery shows. It’s this freedom of expression that allows Phlegm’s art to tell a story and inspire the imagination of the viewer. Unlike many fine art producers, Phlegm is not creating art with the intention of pleasing others. His street art murals are more like messages left for anyone who passes by, allowing viewers to respond in their own time and in their own way. And sometimes his art is completely out of the way, tucked away in forgotten countrysides and warehouses, a silent surprise for any who venture near.
Currently Phlegm is creating his own comic book, which he has been working on for several years. If you want to stay up to date with both his graffiti work and comic book, you can follow his blog or find him on Facebook.
To see Phlegm designing one of his street art murals in pen and ink on paper, watch this video on Streets on Art.