Posts Tagged ‘Chris Camplin’

Bobby van Druff

This First Thursday we welcome American artist Bobby van Druff to Dalston Superstore to present his solo Arthole exhibition, Malegraph. His series of oil paintings rooted in homoerotic images of male nudity are transformed into graphic compositions following the lines and shadows of the models, and part of the show will feature an exclusive set of paintings of model and local hero DJ Chris Camplin. Ahead of the private view this week we caught up with Bobby to find out more about his training and influences…

Who are you and what medium do you work in?

I am an awkwardly-tall , thirty-something, painfully-shy, married gay man who just moved here from New York and I paint naked men in ink and oil on unmounted canvases. I also created and run an online gallery for emerging gay artists to display their work and build community called ARThomos.

Who was the first artist who mesmerised young you, and what work specifically caught your eye?

On public broadcasting in the US we had this show growing up called the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, he was a complete hippy with a full on fro who spoke in this very calming voice while he painted. I, being a 10 year old gay kid who liked to cook, watched Julia Childs on PBS every Saturday and the Joy of Painting was the next show. I always liked to sketch ideas (I was always designing dream cars, dream houses, etc) and as I watched Bob Ross, I thought “I can do this.” I still actually have my first Bob Ross inspired painting, it sits on my studio desk right in front of where I paint.  It keeps me grounded, reminds me of my childhood, and keeps me doing the things I love. 

Joy of Painting with Bob Ross

What training have you received in your chosen medium, if any?

I went to an architecture school rooted in the Bauhaus tradition and methods. We were taught to make not just buildings, but anything that could be the product of design. It was the kind of place that taught us “if you can see it in your head, you should be able to build it.” When I want to re-cover my couch I buy some fabric, get out the sewing machine and make a slip cover.  My husband and I designed and built the desk in my studio from reclaimed desk tops from a school, complete with scratched in graffiti. First and foremost I learned to make, but I also learned to control my hands. Year one they have you buy a new empty sketch book and tell you to keep freehand drawing parallel straight lines until it is full…  And we didn’t use computers, instead we drafted ink on mylar, which is literally drawing in ink on a sheet of plastic. Mylar doesn’t absorb the ink  like paper, so how you lay the ink is how it stays. It teaches you to be very slow and methodical, think through what you are doing, things like where will you rest your hand in every step so you don’t smear the wet ink. Four years of that gave me a complete ease with following a line, when I lay down paint and ink the thought is in the composition and colours, the painting process itself is just letting my hands do their work. The one odd vestige of all of that is I paint flat, canvas on the desk, just like I drafted.

What’s your favourite piece of your work on exhibition with ArtHole?

My favorite is always a combination of my last painting and the next.  As an artist you see yourself grow and learn from each painting and it pushes you to try something new.  “Just The Tip” is great, it is very simple, two colors, and has a nice compositional hop in the offset of the “tip” versus the space between his legs. It also makes you realize how much your imagination plays a role in obscenity, it’s only a cock because your mind is filling in a whole lot of blanks. 

Just The Tip by Bobby van Druff

In an ideal world, what would you change about the current art world?

I don’t understand the prudishness, which sounds odd, but I have the perfect example: my good friend’s parents are in their eighties and they have a large, male nude hanging in their salon. It’s been there as long as I’ve known them, it’s from the 1920s, very simple: a naked man on a neutral background. So two eighty year olds are comfortable looking at a painting of a penis every day, but how often do you walk into a gallery and see a meter tall male nude? I even had Facebook reject ads because my page contained depictions of nudity. When did we all become such prudes that the thought of a male nude hanging in our flat is not acceptable?  

What do you aspire to?

I spent the first 30-odd years of my life working towards “success” and now I work towards balance. It doesn’t matter how many people buy my art or how much I sell it for, it matters that the people who own it value it, understand it, and keep it in a special place. I guess I aspire to treat people the way I want my art to be treated: to value them, understand them and keep them in a special place in my life.

Tell us a secret about yourself…

I can’t dance, but if you get me 100% pissed my signature dance move involves bouncing straight up and down (which is terrifying for everyone involved as I’m almost 2 metres tall so mid hop I’m more like 2.5)

What music do you make your art to?

I listen to the Radio Nova Paris stream online. I got addicted in New York, it was perfect because of the time difference, when we got home from work it was after midnight in Paris and their late night music was playing. I should probably switch it up, it feels like I’ve heard I Love You, Honey Bear by Josh Tillman a few thousand times, but it works for me.

Describe your working process for us…

We have two big dogs and live in a mews house, my studio is a loft above our living room.  It has huge skylights and two south facing windows, so lots of light.  Every morning the dogs come first, they eat, I drink 3 cups of coffee to wake up and then we head to the park. I usually get back around 10am and head up to the studio to work. Our smooth collie is afraid of the stairs to the loft, so he stays downstairs but my standard poodle follows me up and keeps me company. I paint until 1-2pm and then get lunch and shift to working on my novel for the rest of the afternoon. 

What was the last thing that moved you to tears? (or just moved…)

All Americans who move here are obsessed with British TV, and I am one of them. This week I discovered Benidorm and spent three hours binge watching, stoner-giggling the whole time. My husband has informed me he will not be watching it with me anymore. In response to his request, I have bought us matching, tiny rainbow thongs for our holiday in the South of France.

Join Bobby for the private view of Arthole Presents Malegraph this Thursday 8th May at Dalston Superstore from 6pm – 9pm.

Visit the Arthole website to find out more about Bobby’s work: www.artholelondon.com

Chris Camplin Calendar

By Clayton Wright

Little Gay Brother are back at Dalston Superstore with their annual Slumber Party, and it’s also resident DJ and all round hottie Chris Camplin’s birthday. As well as being a superstar DJ, Chris is also the superstar of every gay man’s tumblr page. To celebrate the bearded man mountain himself, his pals that played at LGB throughout 2013 have picked their favourite Camplin photos. We thought they might make a nice calendar… What’s your favourite month?

January – Mr. Wright and Master Haze (Man Sushi)

Chris Camplin - January - Man Sushi

Dear Daddy Issues,
Here is a photo we like to call “Birthday Boy in Birthday Suit” haha.
Happy Birthday from your Little Gay Brothers, you’re growing up so fast and so is your beard.
P.S. please don’t go outside dressed in just rice and fish, you will freeze in January.
Love & Soy Sauce
Man Sushi x

February – Frank.co

Chris Camplin - February - Frankco

Happy Birthday Chris! I have said it a million times already, but I am so glad to have met you. You are one the coolest people I have met for a while. I am so grateful for your generosity, your love, your music and vibes. I hope life continues to treat you well brother man. BIG LOVE!
– Frank.co

March – Maze & Masters (Verity Mayes and Bryony Masters)

Chris Camplin - March - Maze & Masters

Of course you treat every day like a Lambrini and Pall Mall fuelled birthday binge, but here’s a special lesbian pussy stroke for the big one, big boy.
-Verity & Bryony. 

April – Severino – Horse Meat Disco

Chris Camplin - April - Severino

A man in a crispy white shirt and suit is always hot!
Buon compleanno gorgeous Chris.
Love Severino xxx

May – Wes db

Chris Camplin - May - Wes db

The Christopher Camplin living sex doll from the channel 4 documentary with fully penetrable vagina and installed rectum. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Xx
Love Wes

June – David Oh and Neil Prince – Songs of Praise

Chris Camplin - June - Neil & David

Fucking poser, have a smashing birthday xx
David Oh and Neil Prince x

July – Mikki Most – Dalston Superstore

Chris Camplin - July - Mikki

(Photo from Little Gay Brother’s Secret Garden Party Venue, Powders)

Day three at Secret Garden Party was when the fun really began! Happy Birthday Mr Camplin – Disco Legend! xx
-Mikki  

August – Bright Light, Bright Light

Chris Camplin - August - Bright Light Bright Light

You don’t often see pictures of Chris smiling! So when you see a picture that cracks the serious look, it’s a nice reminder that he’s quite funny, and while he spends a lot of time modelling and being composed, the other part of his life as a DJ isn’t necessarily as serious and well behaved.
Happy birthday sir. Give some good birthday face x
-Bright Light Bright Light 

September – Martyn Fitzgerald – Bender

Chris Camplin - September - Martyn Fitzgerald

I don’t know the context of this photo, or who the other bloke is, but there’s just something really wrong about it.  The one on the right has a whiff of an early ’80s BBC children’s TV presenter about him, and this is the photo to get him the sack…  Are they in a bath? The plant, the contented smiles, the neckerchiefs, the bubble bath on knee… it’s like a still from a weird Channel 4 program that got loads of complaints from Surrey. Chris, explain.
Happy, happy birthday!  I can’t remember your age, but I’m always surprised at how young you are  x
-Martyn 

October – Guy Williams

Chris Camplin - October - Guy Williams

Oi what you lookin’ at!?
Look forward to playing for your 50th xx
-Guy 

November – Meat Boys -Fannar Sveinn Gudmundsson and Adrian Lourie

Chris Camplin - November - Meat Boys

Til hammo med ammo elsku Chris. Minn heydur ad kynnast ter og spila vid hlid ter. Gangi ter allt sem best! An Icelandic message from Fannar. Much love xx. 

This is probably one of the first pictures of you I’d seen and to me it sums up exactly why your the epitome of a pinup. Happy Birthday Handsome Christopher. Loadsa Love Adrian (meatzine.com). xx

-Meat Boys

December – Terry Vietheer

Chris Camplin - December - Terry Vietheer

Happy birthday big man! Funny to think we met at a casting a couple of years ago and now playing music together around the world. Let the good times roll!
-Terry 

Plus cos it’s his birthday we found some that didn’t make the calendar but definitely need to be hung on someones wall…

Chris Camplin

Chris Camplin

Chris Camplin

Chris Camplin

Chris Camplin 

Help Chris celebrate his birthday at Little Gay Brother Presents: The Slumber Party on Saturday 18th January at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 4am.

Any Chris Camplin addicts like us can follow his club night and events on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/LittleGayBrotherPresents,
Tumblr at littlegaybrotherpresents.tumblr.com 
and sign up to news letters at www.littlegaybrother.com.

Happy Birthday Handsome.

Dolly Parton’s Guide To Being A World Class Whore

By Clayton Wright

Little Gay Brother presents The Back House, a Dolly Parton inspired Whore House Party with Neil Prince, The Meat Boys, Chris Camplin, Maze & Masters, Tim Fanucci and Wes db. Ahead of Saturday’s hoedown, we’ve compiled our guide to how to become a great whore via the medium of the great Dolly Parton.  

Step 1: “Wear very little.”

In this film Dolly plays a madame of a brothel. This film has everything, including young red necks who do a very homoerotic dance in a high school football locker room. It also showcases Dolly and her incredibly large chest in a variety of ’80s underwear. She sings a tender and heartfelt version of I Will Always Love You”, way before Whitney. This is what any good whore should aspire too and it’s the theme for our party. 

Taken from The Best Little Whore House in Texas.

Step 2: “Don’t let your pimp boss you around.”

This particular tip comes from the film that made her a Hollywood star, Nine Till Five. Dolly shows us who’s the boss and gives us a master class on being badass. She threatens to Lorena-Bobbitt her over-familiar boss with her gun. Love it. 

Taken from Nine Till Five.

Step 3: “Pick out and mentor future whores.”

Filmed at the spiritual meeca for every true redneck whore, or as Dolly likes to call it “Disney World with fried chicken”, Dollywood. Dolly performs one of our favourite songs about a whore called Jolene with future whore Miley Cyrus (way before she embraced her inner whore). 

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton singing Jolene live at Dollywood

Step 4: “Be prepared.”

Dolly is no fool. She knows any good whore is on call night or day. In this clip, Dolly confesses to Graham how she sleeps in her make up, just incase she has to leave in the middle of the night. She also says she would have to be “awful hungry” to pose nude. Another great piece of advice: no good whore gives it away for free, even to Playboy. 

Dolly Parton appearance on Graham Norton

5: “Sell out.”

Like every good whore, you have to sell out. This however is next level. Watch Dolly do the most awkward rap ever. What a whore. 

Dolly Parton raps for Queen Latifah

Join Clayton and the rest of Little Gay Brother for The Back House this Saturday 16th November at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 3am.

Little Gay Brother’s Top 10 Slumber Party Movies

After November’s Big Fat Dalston Wedding, Little Gay Brother are back to host the slumber party to end all slumber parties right here at Dalston Superstore! They’ll be inviting you to don your sexiest pyjamas, get those curlers in and start pillow fighting over music from special guest DJs Severino, Bright Light Bright Light, David Oh (Songs Of Praise) and residents Chris Camplin and Terry Vietheer. Dave The Unicorn will be on top bar hosting duties with his band of tooth fairy whores to help make all your wet dreams come true.

Ahead of the party on the 19th of January, we asked the team to pick their Top 10 Slumber Party Movies to get us in the mood (and probably help pull us through the last of New Years hangovers!)

1. SHOWGIRLS

2. HEATHERS

3. GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN

4. CLUELESS

5. SERIAL MOM

6. THE BREAKFAST CLUB

7. DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD

8. WORKING GIRL

9. BRING IT ON

10. THE LOST BOYS

Join Terry, Chris and Dave The Unicorn for their next party In Bed With Little Gay Brother on Saturday 19th January from 9pm – 3am.

Little Gay Brother

It’s the wedding of the year here at Superstore… My Big Fat Dalston Wedding, put on by the lovely Little Gay Brother Presents aka Terry Vietheer and Clayton Wright! Having put on parties at both Secret Garden Party and Bestival, these two are more then adept at pulling off the best wedding disco you’ve ever been to! They’ve roped in fellow Bestival party-starters The Wedding Crashers for the top bar and The Broken Hearts Club (Marro and Chris Camplin) for the basement!  We took Terry and Clayton for the first dance and a moment to ask them our burning questions about what’s in store for the party…

Why did you decide on a wedding theme for your party here at Dalston Superstore?

Clayton: I’m single. I’m looking for a husband. And I only have a certain amount of time before my eggs dry up.

Can we expect full wedding attire for everyone involved?

Terry: Yes, including myself. This will be the third time in 34 years I have worn a dress.

Why did you both decide to set up Little Gay Brother?

Clayton: We are approached by Bearded Kitten and The Secret Garden Party to create SGP’s first gay bar. It was too much fun to only do as a one off so here we are. 

You’re playing a disco set upstairs at Superstore- what’s the cheesiest wedding disco classic you think you’ll be able to get away with?

Terry: I’m keeping clear of cheese… kind of. I want to see the brides and grooms getting down and filthy. These will definitely be getting a spin though…

 Prince – Cream

Tina Turner – Private Dancer

Billy Ocean – Carribean Queen

What kind of music can we expect downstairs though?

Terry: With Marro coming over from Berlin, followed by Chris Camplin, who always nails it every time with his track selection, the beats will be deep and erotic.

Clayton: It’s music you can fuck to.

Terry, you’re originally from Sydney- what made you make the move to London?

Terry: Love

(Clayton laughs) 

What are your fave nights and venues in London to go out to?

Clayton: The Bussey Building in Peckham, Netil House in Hackney and The Eagle in Vauxhall. In terms of parties… Gutterslut at East Bloc, Dirtbox at Vogue Fabric and Room Service at Miabella.

Why do you think Little Gay Brother and your guests The Wedding Crashers both work well in a festival environment?

Clayton: I have been working with The Wedding Crashers for seven years at festivals across the UK. The guys from Wales know how to throw an amazing party! We still joke over marrying Jake Shears to himself in a mirror at Glastonbury. 

Clayton and co at a festival

Who is your host Dave The Unicorn?

Terry: The biggest dickhead I have ever met and fast becoming the love of my life.

Clayton: Of course he is. He has a 13 inch horn.

And finally, what other tricks do you have up your sleeve for the party?

Terry: I’m currently in the workshop with a tone of glitter and 100 cocks. Good times. 

Join Terry and Clayton from Little Gay Brother on Saturday 17th November here at Dalston Superstore for My Big Fat Dalston Wedding from 9pm – 3am.