The London Police

Hailing from the UK and based in Amsterdam, Bob Gibson and Chaz Barrisson have been making art under the moniker The London Police since 1998, creating graphic characters and murals that evoke the Japanese Superflat movement. TLP’s signature style combines Gibsons’ portraiture and architectural drawings with Barrisson’s bubbly smiling “LADS,” pa...

Hailing from the UK and based in Amsterdam, Bob Gibson and Chaz Barrisson have been making art under the moniker The London Police since 1998, creating graphic characters and murals that evoke the Japanese Superflat movement. TLP’s signature style combines Gibsons’ portraiture and architectural drawings with Barrisson’s bubbly smiling “LADS,” painted harmoniously together in crisp black and white. Known for their tightly painted lines and humorous inclusion of pop culture icons, The London Police’s have exhibited and painted murals in more than 50 countries.

The London Police collective was originally created as an initiative to combine traveling and art, as a means to push their message of joy and street art to as many places as possible. Since 1998, TLP has fluctuated over time from the original two person crew of Gibson and Barrisson, to include a third member, to a period of Barrisson working solo while Gibson focused on music and family- and back to the original twosome since 2010. Together, Barrisson’s LADS inhabit Gibson’s detailed landscapes intermingling with his realistic portraits of musicians, Pop icons, world leaders, friends and art world colleagues. Science, space and Star Wars are often loosely tied into their compositions, with elements of robots and space-age architecture seen repeatedly throughout their work. The cartoony LADS, an elevation of the simple smiley face, are meant to add a playful nature to the work.

Their collaborative work is celebrated for its graphic simplicity and slick line work, almost exclusively made with indelible ink pens on both canvas and in murals, with each line meticulously marked twice for complete opacity. In addition to their prolific murals, paintings and stickers, TLP create short films, music, photography and installations.

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