One of the world’s greatest street artists will be signing copies of his new book at the Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery’s Urban Exhibition this month.
Paul Stone, better known by his alias My Dog Sighs, has had sold-out solo shows in the US, UK and Israel, and will be hosting a Q&A session on Saturday February 12 from 7-9pm.
The prolific artist, originally from Portsmouth, initially trained as a teacher but turned to street art at the age of 30.
He is renowned for using a wide range of salvaged materials including oil drums, bottle caps and tin cans to create his pieces and over the past 18 years he has undertaken commissions around the world. whole.
Paul started by creating art at home and leaving it on the streets once a month as part of the Free Art Friday project.
As his art has become more widely known, he has won commissions around the world, including Amsterdam Street Art Museum, Coventry Transport Museum, Shenzhen, China, and even has works in the collection. private art gallery of actor Matt Damon.
He said: “I love abandoned buildings and working with tin cans, peeling paint and rust. These are the things that light my fire.
“I use salvaged objects to create my art and ask the question of whether we should keep buying new things and destroying the planet.
“I do a lot of painting on cans and in doing so changes the value of the can and makes it more desirable. The faces I paint on it tug on your heart strings and make it something new.
Paul is also renowned for his giant eye paintings, which feature images in the pupils.
He added: “I used to paint with my eyes closed because they reminded me of the homeless people in Portsmouth who would never look at me. But one day a girl looked at me and from there I painted with my eyes open.
“I see the eyes as windows to the soul. I hide stories in the eyes and let people decide what they can see and what the stories represent – dreams, wishes, desires.
Over the years, Paul has painted murals on five continents, including a 14-story building in China where he had to balance on bamboo scaffolding.
“I had the opportunity to travel all over the world and I consider myself very lucky,” he added.
He has spent the past two years working on a groundbreaking installation in an abandoned casino in Portsmouth.
He transformed the 3,000 square meter space into an immersive world inhabited by the artist’s own sculptural creatures, dubbed his “Quiet Little Voices” and welcomed 10,000 people through the door during the 16 days it was open. .
He said: “As you walked through there were sculptures of people crushing cans and painting eyes, it was a glimpse of my world.”
His new book, ‘INSIDE’, is the legacy of the exhibition and reveals how it was built as well as photos from the exhibition.
Visitors to the Peterborough Museum will be able to purchase copies of the book and have them autographed by Paul after his lecture.
There will also be the chance to see some of his works, including a large concrete canvas depicting an eye and a barrel of crushed oil, at the Urban exhibit, which runs through May.
General admission to the exhibition is £8 for over 18s, £5 for 12-18 year olds and free for under 12s.
The My Dog Sighs artist talk takes place at the Museum on Saturday, February 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. It costs £25 per ticket, including a welcome drink and street food.
The one-hour lecture and question-and-answer session will be followed by a signing session. Covid passports will be required. To book visit https://cityculturepeterborough.org.uk/museum-art-gallery