Richard Phillips says he thinks in spray paint. “It’s just beautiful,” says the 26-year-old London graffiti artist. He marvels at how the thick lines of paint meld together on a wall, shading his message of Christianity and hope. He likes that he doesn’t need brushes or an easel and that his ideas spring to life quickly and with colour. In a King St. alley, he points to a couple among 20 pieces he has in the city. In total, he says shyly, there are 200 of his paintings “around.” One of his pieces is based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, but with a silhouette of a spray-paint artist in the foreground. Unlike some graffiti art that pops up around the city, Phillips paints only in places where he has permission.

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