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MY DOG SIGHS IN PORTSMOUTH AND SOUTHSEA
'My Dog Sighs' is a prolific street artist in the Portsmouth and Southsea area. You can see his work all over the city for example in Highland Road, Albert Road and at Hilsea Lido the work shown above is at Hilsea Lido swimming pool. The works shown below can be found at Highland Road, Albert Road, Orchard Road, Fawcett Road, Clifton Road and Market Way.
Portsmouth based 'My Dog Sighs' has had sell out solo exhibitions in the US, Israel and of course here in the UK. Upfest describing his work said that the "work forms a narrative based on counterpointed poignancy" all I know is that his work is instantly recognisable and makes me smile wherever I stumble across it. Keep up the great work and thanks for brightening up the city.
My Dog Sighs is recognised as one of the world's leading street artists, commissions include Wynwood Walls, Miami, Amsterdam Street Art Museum, Digital Vision, Shenzhen China, Coventry Transport Museum, Discerning Eye London, and is included in private collections including that of Matt Damon. He has painted and often headlined at global street art festivals. He is on the syllabus for some Mexican schools and is an exam paper subject for a Swedish exam board. My Dog Sighs has been a guest on Radio 4's Saturday Live, the BBC's Culture Show and has been featured in The Times, The Guardian, Huffpost and Widewalls and is regularly featured in global street art media "best murals" articles.
The work above is painted on the roller shutters at Freedom Seeds in Fawcett Road in Southsea. You can see some Portsmouth landmarks within the eyes, such as the Spinnaker Tower and the lipstick building at Gunwharf Quays.
Inside - 'We Shelter Here Sometimes'
Friday 16 July - Sunday 1 August at an undisclosed location in Portsmouth
An immersive installation by acclaimed British street artist My Dog Sighs opens this summer in an undisclosed location in Portsmouth.
Inside is My Dog Sighs' most ambitious project to date, transforming a derelict building into an immersive world inhabited by the artist's own creatures, dubbed his 'Quiet Little Voices'.
Like us, these creatures are not perfect nor are their lives perfect. They struggle, they make mistakes, they fail. But like us too, they don't give up. Even among the decay they use their creativity to find hope - a powerful message in these turbulent times.
Street artists are often perceived as ghosts, with only the results of their endeavours visible to the world.
My Dog Sighs takes these creatures, that started life as scribbled doodles in the margins of his sketchbooks and uses them to represent different facets of his life. Replacing himself with these beings as a representation of his inner 'Quiet Little Voices', they embody a range of emotions from playful to melancholic.
For the first time, My Dog Sighs moves into sculpture, fusing his visual language with light and sound installations, alongside the photorealistic paintings and naive characters that define his practice. No longer is the artist the creator, but his creations take on the mantle of 'My Dog Sighs' and as viewers we are welcomed 'Inside' the world of these ghosts.
The Portsmouth Hug at Somerstown
This huge painting, approximately 40 feet high, can be found at the southern entrance to the Somerstown Community Hub which straddles Winston Churchill Avenue.
Called the Portsmouth Hug this painting is one of My Dog Sighs signature pieces which can be found around the city but none of the others can match this one for size.
Completed in 2014 the Somerstown Community Hub is open 7 days a week and provides a wide range of activities such as art, badminton, chess club, dance, guitar lessons and many more. There is also a community cafe and a Health Centre with GP Surgery.