Brixton street artist Tizer doesn't quite have the cachet enjoyed by Britain's most famous exponent of the urban art form; yes, we're talking the ever-elusive Banksy here. But there is no doubt that he is getting there in terms of popularity, even if he still has a bit to go.
Tizer, real name Edward Shearon, did his prestige little harm recently when he created his latest mural before a gathering of like-minded souls at Pop Brixton.
The finished mural, which measures 6.5ft by 13ft, has been hailed as a joyous piece of art with Brixton resident Zoe Hayes-Pelham adding: "It really is a masterpiece of its kind. As we know, all art is subjective and, for me, this is more appealing and uplifting than anything Banksy has done. That said, not that they should be compared too much and with all due respect to Banksy as well."
The artwork was commissioned by Johnnie Walker -- who through the summer and up until the end of September ran a highball bar at Pop Brixton -- and bosses immediately gifted the mural to the Make Shift Foundation charity in support of its community work.
Graffiti king Tizer applauded the donation to the charity that supports young people into enterprise and employment. And he added: “I was delighted to be chosen for this collaboration with Johnnie Walker highball and Pop Brixton. I love creating pieces that tie-in with where I’ve grown up, and it’s easy to be inspired by the vibrant culture all around here in Brixton.”
His sentiments were echoed by James Leay, managing director of Pop, who welcomed the partnership. He said: “We are pleased to see this project support the great efforts of the MS Foundation which aims to widen access to enterprise and employment opportunities in the local community through the provision of training and by providing access to affordable events and working space at Pop Brixton.”
The importance of the gift wasn't lost on Bayo Obasaju, who is the Make Shift Foundation programme chief. And he said: “Make Shift Foundation is absolutely committed to investing into the long-term future of communities through working with young people to help them realise their potential.”
Johnnie Walker’s brand ambassador and bartender Ali Reynolds said: “Pop Brixton is definitely the place for people interested in experiencing new and diverse flavour combinations. As a Brixton resident, I’ve loved working within my own neighbourhood to showcase the bold and colourful world of Johnnie Walker Highballs.”
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