A day at the 'I Luv U' Blue Monday Press exhibition

On Saturday (22/4) Blue Monday Press set up their 'I Luv U' exhibition featuring various talented artists. Their work was based around the genre we all know and love, Grime. I took a trip down to Stour Space in Hackney Wick for a browse around.

All the work on show were prints. The range of mediums used included Habib Hajallie's biro sketch of Jammer on the book 'English Music' and Sorrell Kerrison's hand embroided portrait of Wiley.

Digital art had a strong presence at the event with styles as varied as the flows the MC's use in their music. A suprise Durrty Goodz piece was on show alongside a blacked out Preditah and C4 in their car. Dizzee Rascal's classic album cover was recreated once again, this time by Jay Bartlett. It's always interesting to see how others can perceive the genre defining album.

A table was set out with pens, pencils and white paper for the Grime fans to draw their favourite MC's. What I didn't get photos of at 'I Luv U' was the merch on offer. The team have put together a magazine featuring all the artwork on show which can be purchased directly from their website here. Pins were on sale too alongside Ben Gore's Grime activity book. Grime crossworks, word-searches and sketches of Grime artists to colour-in (see the opening photo).

Words and photography by Graeme Day