Last night mega-talented contemporary artist Funny Tummy hosted a private exhibition at the Royal Albert hall. This was a perfect opportunity for a select few guests to be given an insight on 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, as the trio are all under the Renowned Group management.
Also 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 we were expecting producer Swiss Beats to show up, after he commented on one of Funny Tummy’s Instagram photos (advertising the exhibition dates) “where at?”, to find out where 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 on-going success that the affable chap has achieved. He is the man behind the artistic work of mixtape and album covers including Tinie Tempah’s Happy Birthday and also covers for Stooshe, G FrSH, Sway and many more.
Funny Tummy’s profile heightened after his ingenious portrait of Rihanna. The singer hunted him down via Twitter and purchased the painting.
Following this, his career has taken off at an uncontrollable speed. He has since been commissioned to paint a healthy number of portraits for various high profile celebs.
The artist – whose name stuck to him after realising that he was “so sick” at art and ultimately “when you’re sick you get a funny tummy” – took time out to discuss some of his pieces with his nearest and dearest.
He has an array of unique artwork 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 cartoon-style face of a girl with bunned hair who has ‘Everything happens for a reason’ plastered over her face.
He is a true testimony to contemporary art being taken into a brand new and exciting direction! Check out the gallery of the night below:
All images courtesy of © Copyright Paul Hampartsoumian 2013