Spending his formative years as part of a city-wide collective of urban building re-painting graffiti art crews throughout a very 1980s Birmingham landscape, Temper quickly established himself as an illustrative force to be reckoned with. Even more so when he made the decision to turn his back on his (ill-perceived) anti-social artistic background and instead focus his creative attentions on the straight(er) and narrow(er). Which is exactly what the widely-regarded contemporary conceptual artist has done, yet never at the expense of his wilder, slightly anarchic artistic spirit, thankfully; and which is graphically encapsulated in this, his brand new mini-series release for Spring, 2014.
No prizes for guessing just which album this particular ‘Cover:Versions’ compositional interlude is lifted from, as we pore over Temper’s brand new ‘City Anthems’, limited edition, giclee on paper example, which highlights the graffiti artist’s recent illustrative homage to the classic album artworks of a cross-section of genre-defining artistes. Yup, The Verve’s 1996 classic, ‘Urban Hymns’ is pictorially revisited here, yet with a very modern, and even more welcome, Temper makeover.