Film24th October 2019For the final instalment of our Abbey Road Wall Takeover, we've recruited London-based artist Endless to leave his mark on the wall outside the studios with his interpretation of The Beatles' Her Majesty.
Urban artist Endless has established himself as one of the most exciting talents on the scene. His bold, thought-provoking artworks turn heads, adorning the walls of the UK capital. Often touching on themes of British culture, the artist’s work aligns perfectly with Abbey Road Studios.
We caught up with him to discuss his background as an artist and the process he followed to create this incredible piece.
Endless on Her Majesty Mural Piece
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your style of work?After graduating from art school, I moved to London and began using the city streets as my canvas. Art materials are expensive and the other benefit of street art for me was the way it acted as free advertising. This really got me thinking about the advertising industry as a whole and began to shape my ethos as an artist. In a nutshell, my work comments on the way society worships brands and the power of advertising. The shops are our chapels, celebrities are our religious icons and magazines are our bibles. My style has evolved over time and combines the use of graphics, hand cut stencils, layering with spray paint and details on canvas such as gold leaf and resin sealant.
Why did you choose to reinterpret The Beatles’ Her Majesty for your mural?When I was asked to paint a mural honouring 50 years of the Abbey Road album by The Beatles, I began research to find a track that was perhaps a little less well known. One of my most popular pieces is ‘Lizzy Vuitton’, which depicts our Queen wearing a Louis Vuitton shawl over her shoulders, playfully poking out her tongue - a nod to the British punk scene. It is important to me to make sure that all work that I do is relevant to my style and once I discovered the hidden track Her Majesty, I knew this track was the one for me to base the wall artwork on. I also felt that as The Beatles and Abbey Road are both such icons of Great Britain, paying homage to them both, plus the Queen, is a real honour as a British artist.
Can you take us through the piece?As the wall is long and thin, I decided to design an emblem that could be repeated along the wall and that stands out from afar. I re-designed a royal British crest, with ‘Her Majesty’ written in the centre, the title of the track. The crest is placed on top of a bright blue wall, with layers of my stylised sprayed writing on top, spelling ‘Endless X Abbey Road’. The blue colour is to represent the 50th anniversary re-issue of The Beatles, Abbey Road, which has blue album artwork.
Where can we find more of your work?I am exclusively represented by Contini Contemporary, who have a gallery in Brooks Mews near Bond Street. You can find my work hanging in the gallery, but also on the streets of London and other cities round the world. I often reveal locations on my Instagram feed.
Take a look at more of Endless' work here.