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HANGFIRE / THE GALLERY
HANGFIRE is a Bristol based art gallery, specialising in contemporary urban art and graffiti art styles. Our home is the Bedminster area of the city. From this location, we present a solid program of exhibitions and events throughout the year, exhibiting with both emerging and established artists. Formed in 2012 as a pop-up, primarily exhibiting in Bristol and London. 2 years later we decided to opened our first permanent art gallery, right here in Bristol.
HANGFIRE is dedicated to the creative scene and support our artists. Both online and in store you can find original artwork, prints, clothing, spray paint, art materials, magazines and books and everything in between.
HANGFIRE / THE CREATIVES
With decades of collective knowledge working within the design, branding, print and production sectors, the team that make HANGFIRE have merged it's desire to creative good design with it's managerial and production skills. This mix of disciplines offers our clients a complete interior and exterior branding solution for their workplace or event, with a confident execution in any style at any size and any surface, delivering our clients vision is a smooth and successful process. Everytime. Anywhere.
Our services Include:
Hand painted or digitally printed murals and graphics for retail, office, commercial or social environments.
Live illustration or graffiti art.
Artistic educational workshops.
HANGFIRE / THE LISTENERS
You can drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form, if you a question, idea or proposal. Or give us a call on these numbers:
landline: +44 (0)117 329 3553 | mobile: +44 (0)7479 831148
If you're travels bring you to Bristol, be sure to stop by and say hi! at our gallery: HANGFIRE, 49 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol. BS3 1EN
Opening Times: Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 17:00. Sunday 12:00 - 15:00. If you wish to visit HANGFIRE outside of our opening hours, please call or email to arrange a time that suits you.
Colorsuper is a Bristol based artist known for bold explorative artworks embodying a series of subjects, characters and storylines.
With influences from pop-art, surrealism to anime, Colorsuper's work is produced using an array of mediums from illustration to fine art.
Colorsuper's artwork delves into a string of colourful imaginative narratives and characteristic visuals.
Portals, distant worlds and original characters are depicted in his distinctively recognisable style.
The show at HANGFIRE, previews on Friday March 17th at 7pm and runs until April 8th
Ironlak was born out of a desire to make quality spray paint more accessible. The end game was simple – more artists, making more art. The new and improved Lak represents the next frontier of graffiti spray paint. Over the last few years, we’ve incrementally redesigned every aspect of our product – and refined our quality control processes – to deliver you a spray can that is more reliable and an absolute dream to paint with. With upgraded pigments that last. A softer, more versatile valve system. And vibrant colours that offer superior coverage without blocking. You can create your work with confidence.
Rediscover Ironlak today and make your mark on society.
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Created to Create
The New Look
Our on-going journey to make what’s inside your Ironlak can the best in the biz, is marked with a rebrand and a new look can. Our in-house design team worked with Matt Haynes at Analogue Digital Agency to modernise the Ironlak logo and can design. From the outset it was important for our design efforts to reflect both the quality of the revised formulation, but also our business attitude towards constant improvement. Therefore, aesthetically the product packaging needed to bring Ironlak into the future, while paying homage to our past, by retaining-yet-evolving the brand conventions and design vocabulary that has formed the visual fabric of the brand since day one.
Sometimes keeping it simple, is actually more complicated. In staying true to the existing brand aesthetic, we needed to keep the design simple and bold, building a set of design guidelines around type and colour that could be rolled out onto all of our products. This process was more challenging than it would appear from the outside, with plenty of deliberation and hours of Skype arguments erupting from minute details. You’ll see the true fruits of this labour as a bunch of new products drop over the coming months.
For the spray can itself, we took advantage of can production processes, allowing each can to have its own unique handstyle. Our first production run features 12 different handstyles by writers from around the world (CURVE, ASKEW, SOFLES, STRAY, GARY, JURNE, SIRUM, POSE, EWOK, SAUCE, AYRES & MACH) with more to come on a semi-regular basis. To set it all off we used the silver can as a pop colour, added a gloss UV logo at the top, and bottom, and coloured the bottom mounting cup with that Ironlak magenta flavour. Long-term Lak supporters will also notice that we returned to a matt finish on our packaging after several years running gloss. Honestly, it just looks better.
22 New Colours
To celebrate the launch, we’re introducing 22 new colours to the Ironlak range. We took a magnifying glass to our colour range, identified some gaps and filled them in. Welcome: Tickle, Baked, Tango, Whip, Prince, Frat, Punk, Shaka, Boston, Shamrock, Ogre, Sniper, Kosciuszko, Kirra, Eucalypt, Tweed, Squelch, Marsh, Mustard, Two Cents, Fluoro Red and Fluoro Yellow. Now you’ve got 137 colours to get proactive with.
We’re about to go deep on the features and break down what the new Ironlak can do for you. It’s a meaty read, but remember – knowledge is power, so pay close attention. Class is in session.
Thick like butter, smooth like margarine.
Early on, we established the importance of opacity. Paint that covers well the first time lets you get your work done quickly with fewer coats, on almost any surface. It starts with a high concentration of artist grade pigments, which are ground, a minimum of four times, in a ball mill to create smaller particles. The result: a dense paint formula which has been refined to help paint flow without blocking or compromising coverage. So whether you’re getting busy on timber, concrete, steel or raw brick, you can expect paint to go on thick, with levelling properties that also make for smooth painting of canvas, pottery and plastics. We got you.
You got to burn to shine.
Shine* so bright they’ll be begging you for eye-relief.
From panging purples to blues that go BOOOOONGGG! Bright opaque oranges, or more subtle tones, you have over 100 unique colours to choose from. Add a brilliant gloss finish that stays smooth thanks to our resin’s levelling capabilities, and you’ve got a recipe for colour schemes that pop off any surface.
With endless colour possibilities, you can create fresh fades, clean patterns, or add depth and contrast to your work to help it stand out. *Sunglasses sold separately.
The cleanest lines are only the beginning.
Back in 2008, Ironlak became the first artist spray paint in the world to introduce an acrylic resin system. Today, our proprietary resin blend allows you to drop the cleanest line work imaginable. Outlines? They’ll be super crispy. Precise fill effects? Yesssir. Over spray? Not on our watch! And thanks to its better bonding properties, excellent adhesion and flexibility your work will last longer on surfaces that would normally be prone to flaking or peeling. It’s also easy to use, dries fast, helps with colour retention and performs surprisingly well in wet and undesirable weather. Think of it like this; our acrylic resin is your trusty sidekick that shies away from the limelight but has your back when it’s time to floss.
Standing the test of time.
When you’re creating artwork in environments as harsh as the Australian summer, you wanna make sure the fruits of your labour hold up against the elements. Ironlak’s current formula boasts high quality artist-grade pigments, similar to those used in the automotive industry. Independent weather simulation tests at a laboratory in Florida and our own real world tests under the brutal Brisbane sun have demonstrated a strong resistance to UV exposure. Couple this with a strong paint film that prevents oxidisation and helps retain lustre, your work will stay alive outdoors for years to come.
More control. Less effort.
When you start to spray with the new Ironlak 400mL spray can, your fingers can feel the difference. Our valve’s softer spring provides less resistance on your spritzing finger and combined with a balanced propellant ratio, gives you greater control over paint output. Pop on a skinny cap and half-nozzle it to get ultra-thin lines or create fine details. Press a little harder and you’ve got the perfect pressure for super sharp outlines. Bang on a fat cap and you’ll fill large areas super fast. Hold back a little to create a thinner line, then pump it harder to flare your line out all in one motion. With many different nozzles to choose from, your options are limited only by your imagination, and your can control. Switch it up.
Health & Environment.
It goes deeper than smell.
Your health and our environment are worth protecting. But, often you can’t see or smell the impact aerosols have. To build an aerosol paint that is both amazingly capable and safer for you to use is an exercise in balance. The challenge – evaluate the highest quality ingredients and look for ways to reduce volatility, without compromising performance. Our formula does not contain CFCs, toluene, benzene, xylene, lead or any other heavy metals and stacks up against ‘The Industrial Chemicals Act’ in Australia, ‘REACH’ in Europe and ‘ASTM D-4236’ in the USA. That said, any time you’re using aerosol paint, you’d be wise to protect yourself by wearing a good quality mask. When you’re done spraying, spare a thought for the environment and toss your can into the recycling bin.
Read more about our mission reduce Ironlak’s odour:
Educate yourself by reviewing our Material Safety Data Sheet:ironlak.com/MSDS
For Best Results:
- Shake the can vigorously for at least two full minutes once the ball begins to rattle, or three minutes for optimal performance.
- Remove ring with wings from under the nozzle before trying to spray.
- Apply on a clean, dry surface free from dirt and dust.
- For best finish apply three light, even coats. However when time does not permit, the colour will cover perfectly in one thick coat.
- After use, turn the can upside down and depress the nozzle until only propellant is sprayed from the can thereby clearing the nozzle and valve.
- Wear a protective mask and gloves during use.
- Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
We can't always lead a glamorous lifestyle, and it's handy to remind ourselves that we don't really want it like that anyway! So when the good guys at Jungle studio's invited us to paint some toilets at their lovely studio in Soho, we couldn't say no-no!
Some really technical angles in these loo's made it challenging for 45RPM and RICHT to paint, plus the added space or lack of it made this little project, interesting.
Below are some pictures of some toilets:
From Friady 227th - Sunday 29th November, enjoy -20% discount on all goods online. Copy this code in the checkout: BLACKFRIDAY15
If you're near the gallery, pop in and enjoy some special discounted merch and things. Pop-up store by Not Guilty, will be almost giving it away.
Gavin Strange aka JAMFACTORY will be opening his very first solo show 'FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR' at HANGFIRE on December 4th.
The show will be a vibrant insight into Gavin's World, exhibiting a selection of his personal work from prints and pixels to vinyl toys and skateboards.
Gavin is a digital designer for Aardman animation, working on various digital projects including apps, games and websites. Gavin has also been heavily involved in Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City, where his skills as a digital designer have been channeled 'offline' with the opportunity to create his own Gromit
Gavin also works under the allias 'JAMFACTORY'. This is where he can drive his own design ambitions, in a multitude of diciplines, from short films, documentaries, photography, vinyl toys, goofy graphics nad pixel art to name a few! in 2015 Gavin has written and designed his own book, which will be published by Do Book Co later in the year.
This show is a first for HANGFIRE, since we have existed we have never presented such a design driven show, with so many different design diciplines, created by one person. 'FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR' will be a colourful, vibrant and energetic exhibit of work and we look forward in seeing you at the preview.
Preview night: December 4th 2015
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Ironlak announce 2 new colours to their 400ml range, for 2015. Introducing BOLT and BBQ. Available at all decent paint shops including HANGFIRE, sometime in the near future.
HALLOWEEN is creeping up on us and it's that time of year when things start to get ghouly...
It's our 4th hosting Bristol's best Halloween event and so far we've had one makeshift haunted house, two crypts, a hearse, sickboy's funeral and a whole lot gggore.
This year is shaping up to be full blown chaos! It looks like we've decided to present a 'Creep Show'! There would be no better place to hold this in Bristol, than Old Market. HANGFIRE has hooked up with the 'Two's Company' crew and we present to you...Trick or Treat 2015.
Artwork will be bought to you by:
45RPM - GOLDPEG - JACKNIFE - LONGFOX - MALARKY
SICKBOY - MATT LAYZALL - RICHT - WHITEDUCK
Address: 61 Old Market Street, BS2 0EJ Bristol, United Kingdom
Date: 31/10/15 Time: 19:00 Dress Code: Chilling
Bristol-based Striker slayer 45RPM has developed an (un)healthy obsession with creating impromptu scrawls based around nonsense verbiage informed by cockney rhymes...
Sit back with a cuppa Molten and enjoy!
Kia Ora! Here are a few spray ups by the man named ZESK whilst in New Zealand. Apparently, it's boring and he would rather be back in Bristol...;) Keep up the good work bud.
Stay update with the ZESK: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zesk/