Green Day art comes to Shoreditch

To mark Green Day's newest album, 21st Century Breakdown, the band has commissioned 21 original artworks, which will go on show in London later this month to coincide with the band's UK tour.

Artists who have created works for the exhibition include UK illustrator Will Barras, New York-based painter Ron English, Amsterdam-based street artists The London Police, French stencil artist C215, as well as artists Eelus, Chris Stain, Sixten, Adam 5100 and more.

Each artist was sent a lyric sheet to a track from the album and asked to produce a piece of art that reflected that song, to highlight the connection between music (or rather, lyrics) and art.

"I chose artists who I felt had a similar visual approach to art as Green Day does to its music," said Hicks, a stencil artist whose portraits of the band will also be on display. "Although most of the artists represented are well-established in their careers, they embrace the same emotional rawness with their art, which speaks from the heart and swings with the fist.

“Their subject matter is struggle and injustice - they shoot from the hip and their art is their weapon."

Green Day's frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, said: "We‘re really excited to be associated with this incredible show. Seeing the pieces that our new album has inspired is very exciting. We feel a strong connection to that type of creative expression; we think the fans coming out will love it."

The exhibition runs at StolenSpace Gallery in Brick Lane, London October 23 to November 1.

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