Akse P19 – street artist

Photography by: Weronika Kordonska and Aleks Paluszek

Words by Harry Potts

Akse is a French born Graffiti Artist based in Manchester since 1997. Akse started painting in 1992 and is a member of the P19 Graffiti Crew. Over the last few years Akse has focused on freehand High-Definition HD photo-realism graffiti portraits. His work around the city always commands people’s attention – he is probably best known for the much-loved giant tribute to David Bowie in the Northern Quarter.

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Internationally renowned street artist, Akse

Akse chose to be photographed in Burnage alongside his 2015 mural of Kevin Spacey. The artwork forms part of his ‘Psychopaths Project’. Spacey portrayed the scheming and manipulative politician Frank Underwood in the US series ‘House of Cards’.

Akse’s ongoing project, which features artwork created around the UK
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Akse’s high-definition, photo-realism portraits always grab the public’s attention
‘The Man in the Mask’
Iconic street art by Akse from around Manchester City Centre
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Akse chooses to maintain his anonymity

“This was definitely a new experience for me, photographing people I don’t know made me very nervous at the start of the shoot, but I just pushed past this and made sure I got the best images possible . It’s something I definitely enjoyed and was a great opportunity. If I have a chance to photograph another subject for the project, I will certainly have more confidence in my ability”.

Weronika Kordonska

“I really enjoyed this surreal shoot with Akse. It offered me a chance to use my beloved Practika film camera to capture some exciting outcomes, which are a perfect addition to my portfolio.”

Aleks Paluszek

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Students, Weronika and Aleks working with Akse

Akse’s five words to describe his Manchester:

Home. Creativity. Opportunities. Greatness. People.

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The enigmatic artist Akse on the streets of Burnage
© All images – The Manchester College (unless otherwise stated)


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