On Sunday night mega-talented contemporary artist Funny Tummy hosted a private exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was a perfect opportunity for a select few guests to be given an insight into his ingenious pieces without being in the midst of the hoi polloi.
Special guests included London rapper Wretch 32 and budding soul singer Jacob Banks who are both practically family to the artist, who hails from the Midlands, as the trio are all under the Renowned Group management. Chipmunk made an all-too-brief appearance whilst G FrSH the mastermind behind the Lego Man painting, stuck around all night to show his support. The turnout was good, although producer Swizz Beats was expected to show up after he commented on one of Funny Tummy’s Instagram photos, which advertised the exhibition dates, with "where at?", to find out where in London he could come and see the exhibition. We presume that he was in town for his missus, Alicia Keys' UK tour.
With glasses of fizz in the hands of each attendee it was a night to toast to the ongoing success that the affable chap has achieved. He is the man behind the artistic mixtape and album covers of many music artists including Tinie Tempah’s ‘Happy Birthday’ and also covers for Stooshe, G FrSH, Sway. Funny Tummy’s profile heightened after his ingenious portrait of superstar Rihanna. The singer hunted him down via Twitter and purchased the painting. Following this, his career has taken off at an uncontrollable speed and he has since been commissioned to paint a healthy number of portraits for a variety of high-profile celebs.
Funny Tummy, the name that stuck after realising that he was ‘so sick’ at art (in a good sense of course) and ultimately ‘when you’re sick you get a funny tummy’, took the time out to discuss some of his pieces with his nearest and dearest. He had an array of unique artwork on show including a controversial piece of a gun made out of cigarettes, which has the thought-provoking caption ‘Both Smoke Both Kill’ and a signature pop-art painting of a girl with her hair in a bun with ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ plastered across her face.
Funny Tummy is a true testimony to contemporary art being taken into a brand new and exciting direction!
Be sure to check out some of his artwork here: www.funnytummyart.com