Since the late 1990s to the present day, Kev Grey has made no frills bold, black and white drawings. His artwork has been commissioned for a diverse range of projects and companies including Schecter Guitars, Vans, Lost Art Skateboards, Download Festival and Black Iris Brewery. He has travelled around the world to create and exhibit his work in cities including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Vienna, New York, Paris, Cologne, London, Brussels and Dublin. Kev also paints graffiti on walls, most recently using the alias HEAVY RIFF.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
No frills monochromatic mayhem.
WHAT DOES “OFF THE WALL” MEAN TO YOU?
Being creative, doing your own thing and sincerely not giving a f**
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INSPIRATIONS?
I'm inspired by the rewards I get from making art which has always been the thrill of seeing my work out in the world and the places it has taken me. Nowadays I also have the added inspiration of wanting to inspire my two kids and show them it is possible to do what you want to do in life. Which in my case is sit in my studio, play my music loud, draw pictures, grind curbs and paint on walls.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PAIR OF VANS?
A pair of grey and black Old Skools that I wore until they literally fell to pieces.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE REACTIONS TO YOUR WORK?
There has been a few times I've met younger artists who have told me a certain piece of work I've made inspired them when they were starting out. That's the best reaction I've ever had.
IF YOU COULD DO A COLLABORATIVE PIECE WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
S. Clay Wilson.
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE WORKS YOU’VE CREATED?
The first time I designed a skateboard graphic was a big deal as one of my earliest memories of feeling inspired to actually become an artist myself was seeing skateboard graphics from Santa Cruz, New Deal and Death Box. So that feeling of finally seeing my own artwork hung on the wall of different skate shops would be hard to beat.
WHAT THINGS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017/2018?
I've spent the past couple of months editing and designing a magazine called Thrappage about graffiti in the north of England that will be released towards the end of 2017. I also have a lot of projects planned with Black Iris Brewery in Nottingham leading in to next year and I'm about to start a new commission for Liverpool's long-standing Lost Art. Other than that, I have a ton of ideas I need to get down on paper which no doubt will find their way on to t-Shirts, prints and who knows where else.