Mr Jago Returns


Written by James Ratcliffe
17 Tuesday 17th June 2014

Ranging in price from £80 to £500, the limited run of 50 prints will ensure the works become collectors’ items whilst also being affordable to most pockets. The Bristol based venture has been created by Mike Bennett, co founder of internationally-renowned street art event See No Evil and Weapon of Choice founder, Cheba.

Mike explains: “We have spent the last 12 months approaching a carefully selected list of artists to work with us on this new project; artists whose work we really love and would want to own ourselves. We’ve been blown away by the calibre of artists who’ve signed up with us and we can’t wait to release their work on the site over the coming months.”

Cheba added: “It’s amazing to have Duncan [Mr Jago] on this exclusive run of his stunning new work ‘New Atlantis’. We have been working closely with the printers and scanners to perfect every colour and get the right size and paper weight for the work. Producing a print of this size, has meant we’ve been able to pick out every detail. Given the fact Duncan rarely releases a print, and his work continues to receive interest all over the globe, we’re sure it will be very sought after and the perfect print to launch Edition Fifty.”

Further artists who will be releasing prints over the coming weeks include Massive Attack’s Rob Del Naja, Will Barras, Emmy award-winning Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood and street artists, Nychos and Flying Fortress.

Cheba continued: “We will be releasing a new print by a different artist every fortnight. As the name suggests, each print will be an exclusive edition of just fifty. We believe by limiting the run in this way will make them desirable and sought after prints that people would want to own and cherish.”

“New Atlantis” will go on sale on Thursday 19th June from 15:00 GMT exclusively at

“New Atlantis” by Mr Jago. 92 x 92 CM Giclée print on Hanemuhle archival museum quality paper. 100% cotton paper archival print, printed with genuine Archival inks. Edition of 50, signed and numbered. £199 + P&P. Exclusive to

About “New Atlantis” (by the artist, Mr Jago)

When “New Atlantis” was first shown publically, I was struck by the optimism most viewers saw in the work. Struck, not because the piece is without cheer, but pleasantly surprised that more positive sentiments than my own dominate public opinion. When I titled “New Atlantis”, I was thinking about our wondrous world sinking under flood waters – nature turning on us for being poor custodians of its resources and beauty. However, I was recently reminded that my painting shares a title with an incomplete utopian novel by Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon envisioned the future as a place of learning and discovery, a place of where humankind would achieve its ideals.”

“Thinking about the tension between my understanding of the painting versus how the piece had been received, and what a New Atlantis meant to Bacon, it seemed apt to see my “New Atlantis” resized and reproduced for this print run – 50 new versions of my painting, inviting 50 new re-readings and re-interpretations of a work that both soars with optimism and heaves with despair.”

About Mr Jago

Since graduating from the University Of The West of England in Bristol, UK in 1998, Duncan Jago’s work has undergone a prolonged and continuous process of abstraction.

Duncan’s early, doodle-derived, mark making evolved deliberately into his current way of working - the droid-like figures of his formative, commercial illustration slowly enveloped in ever-deepening layers of colour and shade. These figures have now become almost entirely hidden, remaining as shadowy, compositional elements, spectres lurking in the gloom behind the kaleidoscopic vapours of (what might perhaps be) humankind’s vanity and pollution. One senses a narrative, but it remains obscured, teasingly just out-of-view.

Most recently, Duncan has taken the idioms of spray painting to a level of sophistication rarely seen in the medium; completely uninhibited by any notions of what spray painting is, or should be. There is maturity and depth to the use of colour that hints at the mineral traces left by geological time, or the complex nebulae of deep space revealed by Hubble’s keen eye.

About Weapon of Choice

Weapon of Choice (WOC) started as a monthly live graffiti and Hip Hop night, bringing local acts, DJ’s and artists together. This soon lead onto Bristol’s first dedicated Graffiti and Street Art gallery, showcasing both solo and group exhibitions from Bristol’s upcoming and most sought after artists. Previous exhibitors include Stanley Donwood, Inkie, Mr Jago, Sickboy, China Mike amongst many others.

About See No Evil Gallery

See No Evil Gallery is an online gallery which came out of See No Evil, the hugely successful, international street art festival held in Bristol over the summers of 2011 and 2012. The gallery showcases urban and contemporary art from a variety of leading European artists, working alongside a small selection of hand-picked artists who are creating exciting and innovative work. Alongside selling art online the gallery also attends major international art shows and fairs as well as producing an active programme of solo and group shows across the year.

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