Phlegm is addicted to self-publishing and underground art. All of his comic work is done using Indian ink with a dip pen. Phlegm only uses colour for screen prints and wall paintings. Although he started as a cartoonist, street art has become his main interest in recent years. Phlegm feels like a painting in the street becomes part of the city’s architecture, influenced by what is around it rather than being some awkward canvas in an art gallery.
Many of the larger-than-life characters that adorn the walls he spray paints originate from his comics. Much of his artwork is illustration-based, this lack of true graffiti-style has enabled Phlegm to develop a unique voice and instantly recognizable style.
We’re very pleased to see his style and technique for his latest production on the walls of Ostend in Belgium. The new mural has a unique location very close to the beach lake.
Phlegm’s artwork has grown up from his love for self-publishing and a d.i.y ethos. He quite enjoys working independently and private, drawing comics using old dip pens and then messing around reproducing the narrative based work on walls using rollers and spray paint. This way of working means he can live like a hermit and spend most of his time in a strange world inside his head. Phlegm tends to have quite a diverse range of themes but he is very drawn toward simple things that accumulate and become more complex that look simple at first glance, like the expansion of an ecosystem.
We sadly missed on Phlegm’s progression on his mural but we managed to catch up in time for the finishing touches. Check out the video by Fifth Wall Tv documenting the early stages of the artwork. Keep an eye out for Doug’s cat walk from Fifth Wall Tv.