The London Police "Not Mermaid in China"
The London Police is an art collaboration between Chaz Barrisson and Bob Gibson that started in 1998 when the artists visited Amsterdam to rejuvenate the visually disappointing streets of the drug capital of the world. The artists display an art in illustrative and innovative expression.
They were part of a small group of artists at the end of the last century that helped pioneer a new street art movement. After a few years of mixing traveling and making art in the street, TLP began to receive worldwide recognition for their contribution to the graffiti/street art movement. They were included in many of the books documenting the scene and invited for shows and live drawing performances all over the globe.
From 2002 onward TLP started sending missionaries into all corners of the globe. London policemen have come and gone but founding members are still known to walk the streets of every city in the world spreading the love with pens and stickers. Chaz Barrison draws the iconic “LAD”, a little smiley-face guy, that the crew is so well known for. The other half of the duo, Bob Gibson draws a tight portrait and architectural illustrations.
In 2010 saw the return of Bob Gibson to The London Police after five years of touring with the indie band “MOSS”. And so the original founding members are re-embarking on their quest to combine making artwork and traveling the globe to better themselves and spread artistic love through the world. The duo has managed to form a partnership more cohesive than Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars and is continuing to produce slick artwork that is tighter than a butlers cuff. “Never be scared, don’t be a hero and let the good times roll.” is the artists’ motto.
As well as painting the London Police also enjoy making short films, photography, installations, and music.
Their work has adorned buildings and galleries in more than 35 countries, like England, Holand, Singapore, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, USA, among others.