Component on getting paint on walls

We recently caught up with graffiti artist Component between commissions to have a quick chat about what he’s been up to.

Component: So I’ve been busy working on projects of varied and different styles to the usual and kicked the year off with a wall in central auckland of my daughter.

Once the summer break was over I started working on this project for Splore music festival called Re:turn. Splore commissioned a lady named Emma Underhill from Up Projects London and her project called Portavilion, a large sized sculpture made from packing crates that had art work incorporated into the structure. We at the Cut Collective teamed up with her for an iteration and I worked along side 8 to 10 other artists on this project.


Almost within days of Splore finishing I started on our annual art show. Public Access 5 — Picture Perfect in a World of Chaos was a collaborative project situated amongst one of Auckland’s most unique landmarks of the Wynyard Quarter and incredible tank farm of industrial silos. Featuring the work of Cut Collective, Jon Baxter and a host of other collaborator’s, the exhibition addressed issues of accessibility around art and shared environments, the role of community, and our turbulent times as illustrated through a zeitgeist of endemic conflicts. It was a great turn out with over 9500 people coming down and checking the work out.

Right after that I was keen to get some paint on a wall so put together a large scale wall in Grey Lynn / Great North Road. I produced the work from a print I had made from the Public Access show, taking the concept of ‘Picture perfect in a world of chaos’. We have a quite sweet here in NZ and sometimes forget the troubles of how others live so this work makes you think about this as “Life’s a lottery”.

There’s always something big going on so I’ll be painting some big sized works in the coming months and exhibiting in some group shows in the near future. I’m working on a new website, coming soon! I’ve been spending a lot of time producing prints on paper of my work too which are available here.