After completing his first street painting at just 11 years old, Temper has since honed his technique and become one of the most significant and sought-after graffiti artists. In 1993 Temper started a business venture called ‘Blind Mice Clothing’, designing unique T-shirts. Popular amongst many, from skaters to celebrities, the brand took off, along with his career. From there, his career rocketed through a succession of exhibitions, including his “Minuteman” exhibition, which attracted a record of 38,000 visitors in under a month for the venue. Not only did Temper break records – he set them too; he was the first graffiti artist to be chosen for a major piece of public art – The Cube, and the first graffiti artist to have hosted a solo exhibition in a Government funded gallery space.
Shortly after ‘Minuteman’, Temper was scouted by Coca Cola and commissioned to create limited edition designs for their drinks cans across Europe. This took his designs from the gallery walls to the large-scale, international arena – under the mass gaze of the public eye. His latest exhibition, ‘Post Graphaelite’ sold every
piece within fourteen days, making £1.4m. What made the exhibition so unique was the manner in which Temper crossed the boundaries of graffiti art and ‘high’ polar opposites of the art spectrum.
Temper’s Post Graphaelite series involved intense research design; every decision in this collection is rooted in symbolism, astrology and ideology, presented in a refreshing blend of modern graffiti art and Pre-Raphaelite influences. This marriage of urban techniques with sumptuous, elegant influences of the Pre-Raphaelite introduces a totally different approach to graffiti art. Far from distancing himself from ‘high art,’ Temper openly and cleverly acknowledges the skill and complexity of the Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces.
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