Bamble, Zak Perez
BDAA FOUNDER, BAM DOUGLAS, GIVES US THE LOW DOWN
ON ART, LIFE AND DOING IT DIFFERENTLY!
In Focus: shining a
spotlight on Kim Tabay,
Michelle Carmen Gomez
and Yunus Surtie
Produced and Published by BDAA
Art. Done Differently.
visit www.bdaa.art to find out more
Firstly; I’m absolutely chuffed to be guest editing the Winter 2020
edition of BDAA ACCESS.
I’m also delighted that “The Boys” a.k.a, Jimmy Bamble, Zak Perez and
Tibbs not only sent me the work they’re most proud of. But also each
selected an artist they admire to include in the In Focus section of the
I hope you all enjoy the interview that I did with Bam. It was a blast to
ask him some intimate questions and make him sweat in front of the
camera for once!
As guest editor, I thought I’d also cheekily pop in my own greatest
Wishing you all a very magical Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Loads of Love
Jamie Hawkins - BDAA Artist | Guest Editor
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6 Feature Interview: BDAA Founder, Bam Douglas, opens up
about art, life and man-crushes!
14 Zak Perez: The Orange County artist discusses his most
important work to date
16 Jimmy Bamble: Check out the coolest street art on canvas
work you’ll EVER see!
20 In Focus: Introducing you all to the works of Kim Tabay,
Michelle Carmen Gomez and Yunus Surtie
37 Tibbs: Check out the latest work from our very own Enfant
Terrible (and guess what? It’s available!)
38 Jamie Hawkins: The AbEx star, and guest editor of this
edition of BDAA ACCESS, shows us her greatest creation
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BDAA founder, Bam Douglas, opens up about
art, life and doing it differently.
Interview and images
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Jamie Hawkins: How do you feel about being the cover star of your own magazine?
Bam Douglas: Well, first of all I hate having my picture taken and so that was probably the first time I’d actually
posed for a photograph since about 1977! Ha! Ha!
But being serious for a bit, it was strangely emotional. It kind of hit me as we were doing the shots just how
much I’ve put into this agency over the last two years. Literally no days off. No social life. Nothing. Just pushing
the agency and the artists as hard and as often as I could.
I think I can hand on heart say that I’ve sweated blood these past 24 months. And whilst we were shooting the
fatigue from that effort probably hit me properly for the first time.
And I think the photos show that. I’m 46 now but look about 56 in those shots! [bursts out laughing].
JH: Tell us about ‘you’ and how the agency came about.
BD: In a nutshell; I grew up incredibly poor in the East End of London. My mother raised me by herself and until
I was 5 years old we lived in a refuge for battered women. I say ‘refuge’ - it was in reality a condemned building
that had been taken over by women escaping abusive relationships.
From there we managed to get a proper home and my mum worked several jobs just to keep us from starving. I
remember that there wasn’t always enough food for both of us and so there were plenty of nights my mum went
to bed hungry.
I definitely think that’s where my drive and work ethic comes from. To make sure that all those sacrifices that my
mother made were not all for nothing. To live more than an ordinary life. And to some extent I have.
I think it’s fair to say that I’ve tried my hand at a LOT of different things over the years. Some have worked
amazingly well. And other less so. I’ve flown all around the world doing multi-million pound deals in expensive
tailored suits, been a successful fashion photographer. Twice! And I’ve also worked minimum wage factory jobs
and once had to take work as a cleaners assistant! Which was ‘character building’ to say the least! Ha Ha!
I’ve also experienced homelessness on more than one occasion and that for sure has made me incredibly
grateful for even the small, everyday things.
In terms of the agency and how it came about; I’d worked with you (abstract expressionist, Jamie Hawkins) in
the fashion game for years and we’d become really good friends over that time.
We were both very jaded with the fashion industry by the time I first suggested you try painting and from that
first work I remember being completely blown away and thinking that this could be a new direction for us both
to take. You as the artist and me as the agent.
And here we are, two years later having achieved so much in such a short space of time! It’s funny how life works
JH: Tell us your future plans for the agency and the artists you represent.
BD: I definitely want the agency to have a much bigger online presence in 2021. With the whole COVID thing, I
think it’d be very naive to believe that we’ll ever go back to how things were before and that whole, purchase in
person, not online, attitude.
And that, I feel, is especially true for the art market. Which in all honesty, was already way out of step with the 21st
century in terms of the internet, social media and how people purchase and consume even before the
Coronavirus pandemic occurred.
As for the artists. I have closed the books for new signings in ’21. I want all the focus and resources we have at our
disposal to ensure that Jamie, Jimmy, Tibbs and Zak see progress that they can touch, see and feel in a very real
We’re a very small group of people. But then again, so are Navy Seal Team Six! I’d much rather push a handful of
artists to a very high level of success than represent 30+ artists and they never get any real sense of support or
genuine attention on THEM.
I have extremely high standards, both personally and professionally, and I value quality over quantity every single
time. It’s like cars, watches and hotels: not all are equal! The artists that I represent now each have the talent to
make it on a world class level and that’s very much where my focus is for the foreseeable future.
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“With the whole COVID thing, I think it’d be very
naive to believe that we’ll ever go back to how things
JH: What has been your worst moment since starting BDAA?
BD: Without doubt it’s been the art market itself. Or rather the people that inhabit it! I’ve done top end
international sales, worked in the shark infested waters of the fashion industry, the cut throat world of elite sport
and still wasn’t prepared for the amount of lies, false promises and backstabbing that I’ve experienced over the
last two years. It’s been truly amazing to witness the level of disingenuous behaviour that seems almost de rigueur
in the art world.
JH: Any particular people or moments stand out?
BD: Er, I’ll ‘take the fifth’ on that one! Ha! Ha! But yeah; for sure there’s a few people on my shit list that ain’t EVER
JH: If you could go back and do anything different, what would it be?
BD: For sure it’d be to bring more things in house sooner and to protect the end-to-end control that comes with
that. It’s understandable, I guess, when you’re new to an industry to look to the people and ways of working that
are already there and try to mimic that. As you have no other frame of reference. But it was only when I started
following my own instincts and turned my back on the ‘establishment’ that we started to make serious inroads.
I mentioned earlier that I’ve done a lot of different things. And it’s weird, because most of what I’ve done before
has actually become of use in terms running the agency. Whether it’s destiny, irony or pure coincidence my past
work experience has been invaluable in building a business that actually works.
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JH: What are your highlights and most exciting bits so far?
BD: Getting Jamie’s ‘Galaxies…’ painting on display at The Saatchi is definitely the highlight so far! And the fact
that the business has built year on year. Despite all that’s happened globally this year, we’ve actually blown 2019
out of the water in terms of sales and value of sales. Which I guess somewhat compensates for the huge, dark
circles under my eyes and almost non-existent sleep and rest for the past two years! Ha! Ha!
JH: I know you said earlier that you weren’t looking to sign any more artists in ’21, but how big do you see the
agency becoming ultimately?
BD: Honestly, I think it’ll always be quite a small agency. Is there room for more artists medium to long term?
More than likely. But if you look at any entity that truly sets the bar highest and is held as the gold standard of
what can be achieved, then it’s always a small, elite group.
There are almost 55,000 infantry in the U.S. Army but just over 1,300 listed by Seal Team Six. And even within big
organisations like the Mercedes F1 operation, there’ll be a team within a team. A ‘skunkworks’ group that
operates at that Tier 1 level and drives the rest.
This agency is about taking something that already exists and making it the gold standard by which all others are
judged. Mass production just isn’t my thing.
JH: What advice would you give to any artists out there looking to be signed to BDAA one day?
BD: I learned a very long time ago about the concepts of ‘emotional currency’ and ‘emotional credit’.
If you take Jimmy Bamble as a prime example; he’s followed our social pages from day one, liked every single
post we put up, shared, commented and messaged encouragement and congratulations. Never asked for a
shout out. A mention. And never asked to be signed to us. He just saw what we were trying to do and genuinely
That meant that he’d taken the time to build a real, genuine relationship with us and so it was a no brainer to
make him our first expansion signing. Because he’d taken the time to build up that emotional credit with us. His
talent was undeniable, but his ATTITUDE was the separator.
I get more than a dozen emails a week from artists asking to be signed and it’s almost always universally the
same. They send a single unsolicited email, follow none of our social accounts, or any of the artists we currently
represent, like, comment and share nothing and don’t even send a follow-up email. And then wonder why we
won’t sign them! And then they’re off to the next agent, or agency, looking for that ‘silver bullet’ solution that’ll
miraculously make them bigger than Banksy overnight. Hint: there are NO silver bullets!
So my advice would be this: spend ’21 following our social accounts and that of our artists. Like, comment, share
and contribute something that means you’re in emotional credit with us come 2022.
JH: And finally; tell us one thing about Bam Douglas that no one knows!
BD: I have a huge man-crush on Ryan Gosling! Hahahahaha!!!
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"This piece, "Back to Basics" (2015), marks a pivotal moment in my artistic direction and development.
Having created art nonstop since about four years old, and having done so professionally since 2010, I
approached this painting differently than I had ever done before. This was the first time that I used this layering
technique, which is now my go to method for almost all of my paintings.
This technique has become a vehicle for the deeper message behind the art I put out into the world—a message
of faith, of love, of slowing down and tuning in to Spirit. This was also the largest piece that I had created at that
time, 24" x 36" and it opened my eyes to the impact of scale. That was a turning point where I began to gravitate
towards creating larger scale works, which opened the way for me to begin creating murals, often in collaboration
with other artists.
This canvas is a prime representation of the things that I hope to achieve as an artist. First and foremost, I hope to
guide the viewer's mind to reflect on their own personal beliefs of a higher power and faith.
The cross predominantly featured as the main focal point anchors all of the texture and motion contained on the
canvas and serves as that invitation to the viewer to reflect.
Through the layering, subliminal messaging is woven into the background. If you look closely, you can see
phrases such as: "make love not war", "back to basics", "pray" and "faith". This is a tactic of conveying positivity in
a subtle manner, which impacts the viewer on an energetic level, even if they are not consciously aware of it. The
layering creates depth, which draws the viewer closer as they attempt to wrap their minds around the
meaning and order contained within the chaos. I find that this causes people to spend more time looking at
the piece as they search to see what else they can find hidden within."
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As part of our philosophy of doing art
differently, each edition of BDAA ACCESS will
give artistic talent we believe in a free
platform from which to show their work.
In this edition, Zak Perez, Tibbs and Jimmy
Bamble each select a talent that they believe in.
Please note that Kim Tabay, Michelle Carmen
Gomez and Yunus Surtie are not represented by
BDAA and there is no financial or commercial
benefit to the agency for these features.
It’s simply an opportunity to ‘pay it forward’
and provide opportunities that the rest of the
art world is either unable or unwilling to do.
Zak Perez’s chosen artist
Kim Tabay is an Artist from Southern California who is dedicated to fulfilling her Divine purpose by sharing her
artistic gifts in both her original work and through interactive art experiences.
It is in her understanding and belief that Art is a Vessel and instrument which encompasses the ability to
empower and enlighten those who seek its spiritual truth and wisdom.
Admiring her art is a reflection and mirror of your own beauty, the act of creating art with her is a reminder that
you too are a Divine Creator.
Her purpose is to create art and art spaces with soulful and spiritual intent to reflect, learn, evolve, and empower
your inner artist.
If we all embrace ourselves as divine creators, we all have a hand in creating a beautiful world.
There's an Art to Life.
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"I'm convinced that for every person who reads and acts on this book the world will become that
little bit better for all of us." - Sarah Ellis, Author of Sunday Times Bestseller The Squiggly Career
THE TIME HAS COME WHEN BREAKING THE
RULES IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
Tibbs’ chosen artist
Photo: Sartaj Randhawa
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Like many who grew up in rural America, with its wide open spaces and unhurried pace, notable
photographer and artist, Michelle Carmen Gomez is intrigued by place that still show signs of the
She is infinitely fascinated by the profundity of ordinary moments. From her SMALLTOWN,
AMERICA SERIES, shot in her hometown of Pleasanton, Texas to her NEW YORK SERIES,
Gomez’s photographs capture the essence of a subject, location or study and accentuate the
emblematic nature of our day-to-day.
Her art, a kinetic blend of her serigraphs and freehand brushwork using vibrant acrylics on canvas,
juxtaposes her classic photographic images against a more pop medium. Critics have commented
that Gomez’s work is; “Warhol, without the cynicism.”
A native Texan, Gomez earned her Bachelors degree in Journalism and Film from the University of
Texas at Austin and has worked professionally as a fine art photographer, artist, film director, writer
Gomez currently owns gallery GOMEZ in Los Angeles, a multi-use space where she curates shows
for emerging mid-level artists, creates her art and offers creative workshops for underserved
Visit: www.aboutmichelle.com to find out more.
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Jimmy Bamble’s chosen artist
I’m Yunus Surtie , and I’m a Brisbane-based artist born and raised in East London, South Africa.
I work mainly on graphic visual art to develop my my style through Surreal Narrative to create thought
provoking visuals that question ones imagination.
A self-taught artist, I’ve been very creative from a young age. Slowly finding my path to expressing my artistic
views in multiple mediums.
Art came to be the best way of expressing my perspective of the world, self-taught, continuously learning more
mediums and perfecting my craft.
Life experiences, nature and the unknown are the underlying influences for the art pieces. Inspiration flows from
creatives alike and artists such as Jimmy Bamble, Banksy, Anish Kapoor and Alexander Calder.
I like to portray visual expressions of life in all its complexity, mental illness, true connection, love, and popculture
through images of models used to illustrate these stories.
As an aspiring artist myself, I want to help other aspiring young artists gain more of a following and appreciation
for their work to help boost their artistic careers.
I’m currently developing a main fanbase through Instagram, with both an international and local fanbase, that’s
dedicated to inspiring people to follow their passion and express themselves in a positive manner.
I want to allow people to view my images and think; “what if” and imagine the scene playing in their minds.
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ESCAPE REALITY by Yunus Surtie
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LAUNCH PROJECT 2 by Yunus Surtie
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JOTORO by Yunus Surtie
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My Greatest Creation: by Jamie Hawkins
“It would’ve been so easy to include one of my biggest selling paintings for
this, but the more I thought about it. The more I realised that my greatest
creation isn’t one of my paintings. It is, by far, my wonderful and amazing
Whatever I achieve as an artist will never compare to the love and pride I
feel at being her mummy!”
And a Happy New Year!
Bam, Jamie, Jimmy, Zak and Tibbs
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