Named in Timeout’s Top 100 most influential UK creatives 2012, Tom Bingle, aka Inkie, has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti writers in UK history. He has painted with some of the most notorious artists in the scene, including Banksy, Nick Walker and Massive Attack’s 3D.
Denounced as ‘Banksy’s right-hand man’ by The Daily Mail, whilst simultaneously lauded by The Times, his work has been published in books such as Banksy’s Bristol, Children of the Can and Graffiti World. His much sought after pieces have gained a celebrity following, as well as featuring in respected magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Dazed & Confused, and graffiti documentaries, including the infamous ‘Bomb It’.
Inkie’s art is characterised by a unique collaboration of graffiti and figurative imagery. His widely recognised “Ink Nouveau’ style draws on Art Nouveau influences, with an unmistakeable urban twist. Portraits of beautiful women are usually accompanied by poignant words or phrases; faces are understated, almost anime and are framed with his iconic, stylised flowing hair. His works can be found on walls, screen-prints and canvases, and his most recent, more artisanal experiments include jewellery and repoussé.
As well as creating his own works, Inkie has also worked as head of design for SEGA Europe and Xbox and, until recently, worked as Jade Jagger’s in-house designer. He also runs a West London design studio creating artwork incorporating his beautiful trademark aesthetic on large-scale pieces.
Exhibitions include London, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Gothenburg, Ibiza, Warsaw and Lisbon. His latest project is the Art Wars collective featuring artists such as Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers, D-Face and Mr Brainwash and will be opening October 2013 at Saatchi Gallery.
A member of the Courviousier Future 500, Inkie is one of the main inspirations and driving forces in the UK contemporary art community. Inkie also regularly hosts urban art auctions to raise money for Great Ormond Street’s Cochlear Implant Unit and TEMWA charity.
“Street Art Pioneer” – The Telegraph
“Banksy’s right hand man” – Daily Mail
“British Graffiti King” – Rolling Stone
“The Kingpin of the Bristol scene” – British Transport Police
“That’s F**king pretty” – Banksy
“Without Inkie there would be no Lazrides Gallery!” – Steve Lazrides