US born Jeffrey Louis-Reed is a prolific artist, swimmer, composer / musician / DJ, and writer who [in turn] writes national columns, composes film soundtracks and DJ’s at some of the best clubs, festivals and events around the world.
He has recently installed works at RCA, Monday for Manorisms (alongside Pure Evil, Pablo Fiasco, Banksy) His work has had common themes for many years – the use of found objects, non art materials, found photographs, music and ephemera; the use of a restricted palette of off white gesso, black and red; heads drawn over heads – graphic bodies and corpuscular shapes – always referencing the materials painted on. This practice has extended into film, music – where he’s on most major international digital stores and streaming services like spotify; and above all an obsessive worth ethic where over 11,000 pieces were made last year – and the pace isn’t letting up.
Currently Jeffrey is working across 4 studios in his adopted home town of Hastings close to where he once was assistant to similar polymath Derek Jarman where days would be spent gardening, writing scripts, filming, painting and collecting beach detritus for all of the above.
Jeffrey is also producing music for his new record deal on Fatboy Slim’s label Southern Fried; Djing weekly at his iconic Dogstar club in Brixton now in its 20th year; he currently is the Culture Editor for Phoenix Magazine; and contributor to Urban Junkies, Brixton Radio and The Industry where he is the music director; and of course, The Art.
2014 was a busy year with over 20 shows – in 7 countries – and 2015 is looking similarity busy. Highlights included solo shows in Tokyo,Paris, London and NYC; all three Art Car Boot Fairs – He also did the Big Deal shows, Chinese Open, had work at Moniker and London Art Fairs. Obsessed with cakes, Jeffrey took over the iconic Soho Patisserie Maison Bertaux for a show – where Noel Fielding was one of the buyers – collecting a smiling baguette painting and a boring still life – repainted.
2015 is looking interesting with new shows in South Korea, Paris several times, Tokyo again, Kentucky, Doel [near Antwerp] Berlin, Paris x 2, South Korea, Tokyo, Miami, NYC, Doel [Antwerp], Chateau Miranda, London [Chinese Open, Art car boot fair, Big Deal, many more].
Jeffrey also is swimming the English Channel this August [he was support swimmer on a successful Channel swim in 2014].
When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favour of the war effort, he replied, “Then what are we fighting for?”
Like Churchill, Hastings based multi media artist Jeffrey Louis-Reed, aka DJ Disastronaut, feels very strongly that the arts are worth fighting for and intends to focus his energy towards this fight in the run up to the forthcoming General Election in May.
He has set up Art against Austerity – a political action group for artists to campaign against Austerity in the United Kingdom and support similar groups worldwide and will be actively encouraging people throughout Hastings and St Leonards to register to vote; setting up registration points outside the Dragon bar, at the art shop on station plaza and via a mobile cycling unit. Follow on Facebook and twitter @AAAusterity