We love Nuart Aberdeen because we get to meet artists that we haven't met before, and UK-based Cbloxx is one of them, and that is why we are excited to make them an A Portfolio. The 2024 festival is about to kick off in early June, and this is our chance to showcase some of the works of the artist today. And they spend time in Los Angeles, like us, so we have a lot in common. 

Cbloxx (Jay Gilleard) is an English muralist, painter and multidisciplinary artist. They became most well known for co-founding internationally acclaimed street art duo Nomad Clan who notably painted the tallest mural in the UK. Currently based between the wilderness of the Yorkshire Pennines and the dust bowl of Los Angeles, Cbloxx resumed solo practice in 2020 after 8 transformative years touring globally with Nomad. A tangled myriad of humanitarian issues sits at the epicentre of their portfolio, through public art murals that attempt to reconnect local people to their environments, honouring local community heritage through stories and folklore. A solid exploration of social justice issues such as climate change, socio economic deprivation, gender fluidity, digital poverty and mental health awareness are all recurring themes presented in cinematic yet surreal scenarios. These influences seep in from personal experience and collected observations whilst being on the road.

Cbloxx’s predominant weapon of choice is aerosol, with over 18 years experience working tirelessly with the medium. Layers of fine freehand details bring an otherworldly realism to portraiture, faces of triumph, resilience, passion, sometimes echoing the voices of those who have been silenced. The essence of their art lies in its ability to evoke, through time, across cultures, sparking connectivity between community and environment.