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Street artist Ben Eine heads to the silver screen with new film

Friend of The Big Issue Eine giving access-all-areas insight into how he creates his masterpieces in Back to Work

Acclaimed street artist Ben Eine is giving a never-before-seen peek at his creative process as he stars in a new film.

Friend of The Big Issue Eine, who designed our exclusive ‘CELEBRATE’ cover to mark the 200-millionth magazine sale last year, is the subject of Back to Work.

The feature flick follows the London-based street art luminary as well as offering a sneak peek at how he creates his masterpieces.

Shot on location and in the studio, Eine gives an access-all-areas insight into his own creative processes.

Ben Eine designed Big Issue covers
The three special edition Big Issue covers, exclusively designed by Ben Eine

Film fanatics were given their first chance to see the motion picture at the Electric Cinema in Shoreditch last week as the three-day Moniker International Art Fair kicked off.

Eine also provided a large-scale installation to mark the world’s largest urban art event.

The artwork, specially commissioned by event sponsors and computer security firm Kaspersky Lab, spelled out the company’s name in the artist’s trademark typographic style. The design will go on to feature on the front of the 20th anniversary edition of Kaspersky Lab’s latest security software.

The storied street artist has made typography his hallmark since his tag first started appearing on the streets of the capital 25 years ago.

Ben Eine will show off the method behind his masterpieces in the film (‘Back To Work’, artist film by Ben Eine and Kaspersky Lab, 2017)

The pioneering painter maintained that street art is about more than just graffiti, following the ethos that “street artists want to add something to the environment. They consider the audience, whereas graffiti writers don’t care about anyone except themselves, they do it purely for the kick”.

Eine’s work has caught the attention of politicians, with then-Prime Minister David Cameron gifting his artwork to President Barack Obama in 2010, and can be seen in a permanent collection at the V&A, London, The Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles and galleries worldwide.

Celebrated street artist Ben Eine

Speaking of the firm’s collaboration with Eine, Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Kaspersky Lab’s Marketing Director, Europe, said: “Kaspersky Lab has always placed a high value on innovation and creativity, both within our own company and across the broad spectrum of businesses and industries that we support.

“We are committed to fostering and protecting creative endeavour, within the arts just as within business.”

Main pic courtesy of Kaspersky Lab

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