- Education & Outreach
- May 13, 2022
Jamie Paul Scanlon, going by his initials JPS, was born in 1977 in Weston-Super-Mare, a sea side town not far from Bristol, UK. His creativity showed from an early age. Taught by his father, who spent a lot of time […]
Jamie Paul Scanlon, going by his initials JPS, was born in 1977 in Weston-Super-Mare, a sea side town not far from Bristol, UK.
His creativity showed from an early age. Taught by his father, who spent a lot of time in prison and died when Jamie was 18, he impressed teachers in school with his incredible drawings. After school he went to college to study graphic design. Sadly, the government stopped support, so Jamie wasn’t able to afford college any longer and had to leave. He then worked as shoe repairer and key cutter. When he was 19, two of his best friends were murdered in seperate events only 6 months apart. Devastated, he began to drown his grief in alcohol, which led quickly to heavy drug abuse and homelessness.
However, in 2009, when he hit rock bottom, his friend George took him to visit an stencil art exhibition.
“It was a life-changing moment that day, I was blown away at how full-size works could be applied so fast to a wall and the buzz the place gave off. It made me realize how I’d thrown away my own life and talent away .” JPS says. He decided to seek help and turned his life around. With a rusty scalpell, old books from the charity shop and spraypaint bought at the hardware store, he created his first artworks. With time, not only his equipment, but also his skills improved, he evolved his own style and technique.
JPS has an unique style, ranging from pop culture and lifelike horror movie characters over funny wordplay and perfect placement to massive dinosaurs and tiny micro stencils. His artworks can be found in countries across the globe, such as Norway, Spain, the United States of America and Germany, where he is now located.