Thayen Rich aka CORROSIVE 8
Thayen Rich is a street artist, craftivist and anarchist activist working predominantly in London and south-east UK.
His work mainly features drawn and found images cut and pasted in the punk style but his creative career has explored many forms such as model-making, graphic design, film, photography, comic strips, packaging, public art, storyboarding, logos, flyers, mosaic projects, festival environments, advertising and direct-action campaigning.
He’s passionate about being provocative - through his art and with political agitation.
He has been creating cheeky anarchic artworks since he was a teenager and went on to study at High Wycombe College of Art and immersed himself in the ‘70s punk explosion.
He co-founded the Treatment Rooms Collective and has collaborated with many well-known artists over the years.
BLACK SHEEP GALLERY
During this time, Thayen was a curator for the Black Sheep Gallery in London where he needed to balance its commercial demands with his own radical agenda - whilst also ensuring a cohesive balance of the overall art on display.
Thayen also co-founded GuilFin, the leading and massively respected, underground monthly listings of festivals, parties and protests that developed a huge following in the 1990s. He designed all of the publication’s graphics using his distinctive style mixing fantasy and political imagery into memorable collages which later became available as limited-edition posters.
Together with his event producer brother, Liam, they also created the legendary GuilFin Ambient Lounge, the 24hr performance venue that toured UK festivals from Glastonbury to GuilFest.
His route into commercial work was
through comics – including five years
on the internationally well-known Jeff Hawke newspaper strip and for the legendary 2000AD comic anthology.
This work led to storyboarding for films,
TV and commercials, which he has now
done for three decades to support his campaign work.
Thayen has been an active political artist throughout his adult life. He has led peaceful direct actions and campaigns against various animal and human rights violations, including the Poll Tax, Clause 28, hunting, battery farming and the Criminal Justice Act 1994 - being arrested on numerous occasions for his beliefs.
MAD IN ENGLAND
He was involved in campaigning for prisoners on Death Row and the fight to gain justice for the Angola 3 and Kenny Zulu Whitmore, including work on the Treatment Room’s Zulu Taxi and he has donated art and designs to support many progressive campaign groups.
Thayen is behind the creation of several underground art brands including Mad in England which is often incorporated into the work of his most recent creative persona, Corrosive8.
Also see @thayenrich on Instagram
and @corrosive8art on Facebook