Artist Mr Cenz has been active within the London Graffiti scene for over 20 years. With his painting and heading up the company Positive arts his work reaches across communities. We had a talk with him during a painting session recently.
What inspires you to paint?
firstly I have always had an intrinsic need to paint- otherwise I would
go crazy! I am constantly motivated and inspired by the need to improve
and achieve more and to intrigue and excite people visually with my
Is drawing important in the beginning?
me drawing is fundamental. Especially if you are painting letters and
trying to do something different and unique. I try to spend alot of time
drawing and if I haven done enough I can notice in my work. But as
always drawing is just a starting point and ability and freedom to
freestyle, change and adapt your idea whilst painting is of equal
what was the inspiration behind positive arts?
come from a youth work background and have always felt the need to
share my skills with others. It is important for young people to have
guidance, support and inspiration from professional artists, especially
where they have yet to discover their talents. At positive arts we plant
the creative seed in young people and hope that they grow and remember
their experience. Also an important part of what we do is to enhance,
empower and inspire communities to work together and revive redundant
grey spaces. Positive and colourful murals can make huge differences to
peoples everyday lives!
Where do you want to take your artwork?
am always striving towards developing my unique style and letterforms
and fusing my abstract and graffiti art together. For me being different
is always at the forefront of my mind. Also a graffiti artist there is
always a natural progression towards painting bigger and bolder.