[SHF] YEAR OF MAKING

Presenting ‘[SHF]’, my piece for the Year of Making 2016. Back in February of this year I applied for a commission with a project idea I had over two years ago: to create a large-scale mural celebrating Sheffield’s industrial past, it’s present, and it’s creative future, to communicate not only with local inhabitants, but also commuters and tourists alike, acting as a beacon/landmark for our city. The project, ‘Connecting the North’ came about when I was researching the industrial history of Sheffield, and other Northern towns and cities. The advent of the railway was a huge leap forward in connecting towns and cities together industrially and indeed recreationally. The free-er movement of imports and exports helped towns become cities, and allowed for tourism to become what it is today. I chose to take the universally understood yet unspoken language of train station codes and use this as the basis for my mural. [SHF] is the unmistakable three letter alpha-code abbreviation for Sheffield. There is no other, just as there is no other Sheffield (in the UK). Seeing this code elsewhere, other than just the train station, will act as a reminder of where you are and why you’re here. I designed the piece to fit perfectly onto the wall it is painted. It is purely typographical, repeating the letters concentrically to create repeating pattern and shape. This metaphorically illustrates the strong creative/design culture that the city harbours. This is what the city is recognised for today, and will be into the future. I chose the green colour scheme, because, if there’s one colour that represents Sheffield, it’s green. I also wanted to highlight it’s status as the ‘greenest city in Europe’.

I will also be painting the space to the right, but with a personal project which I’ll announce in due course.

Huge thanks go to Phlegm_art for offering his wall. To the excellent staff of the Dog Shelter for their hospitality, Tamar Millen of Year Of Making for her support throughout the project, Tommy Wilson, Steve Pool, and Felicity Hoy. Visit the Year of Making website for more information on this year long festival.

HERD OF SHEFFIELD

Here’s my Elephant for the Herd of Sheffield, the biggest public art event to ever occur in Sheffield. 40 artists were commissioned by The Childrens Hospital Charity to paint over 50 of these which are now spread all over the city. The exhibition runs till October 5th when they will all be sold in a huge charity auction. All proceeds going towards the purchase of state of the art life saving equipment.

“Technicolour Pachyderms” pays homage to the Disney classic, Dumbo. The title is taken from a line in the theme tune which plays alongside the famous ‘Pink elephants on parade’ scene. This mind bending, hallucinatory section of the film always left quite an impression on me and inspired the piece. To mirror this atmosphere in the real world, I used Perspective Anamorphosis to split the sculpture in two, and paint two of the characters that feature in the scene from viewpoints directly opposite each other.

From every other angle, the patterns are warped and inconsistent. Viewers are required to move around the piece to discover the exact viewpoint, when they will see the true depiction of the 2D characters.

A huge challenge but overall incredibly rewarding when it’s all for charity! Many thanks to SCX Group for sponsoring my design and making it all possible. If you’re in Sheffield or even if you’re not, be sure to take a visit to explore the Herd, there are some amazing designs out there! Download the app to check them off, collect and gain rewards.

HILLSFEST BOARD

I collaborated with 7 other Sheffield artists to paint a section of the ‘Graffiti wall’ for Year of Making funded arts festival Hillsfest in Hillsborough, Sheffield. Curated by Anthony Benett and Mila K. The wall was originally designed to be constructed as a spiral, reaching 8m at its highest point. It would therefore be an interactive structure the general public could walk around. Unfortunately, high wind was forecast on the weekend it took place and it was deemed too unsafe to erect. The boards were laid flat on the floor so not quite the same effect was achieved, but it was good to take my 3D flow effect to another level. 

 

HOPE WORKS

Asked by Liam O,Shea of Hope Works, Sheffield to create some visuals for his Year of Making event. I I have done club visuals in the past and in particular have been very interested in music synchronisation, I took this as an opportunity to go back to my 3D modelling & animation software and build similar shapes and patterns I have been using over the last 2 years. Time constraints meant I could not work on this for as long as I wanted / needed to, so the finished product is a little rough around the edges but it was a very interesting process and proven there is potential to explore further.  

UPGRADE

I feel i must apologise for the lack of updating this website has received. I have at least seven recent projects to upload, but time is something of a luxury these days and unfortunately the site has fallen by the wayside. I feel it now needs a huge overhaul which I plan on doing as soon as possible. I am due to finish my part-time job at the start of June (massive excitement and daunt in equal measures), therefore becoming a full-time artist. My website will be one of the first things I address. So, watch this space, and in the meantime visit my Facebook or Instagram for latest work…

CITY OF COLOURS

My piece for City of Colours 2016 I returned to a style I have been wanting to continue exploring since I first started out, I illustrated the Iconic Birmingham bull in an abstract manner and combined with my 3D flow I have painted much more of as a background. Using the colours from the Birmingham Flag.   

WAVERLY HOUSE

Asked by CADS to brighten up the Waverly House building they had recently taken on in The Wicker, Sheffield. On a very tight budget and taking the large scale of the building into consideration I came up with a design which would reach up to the top of the first floor, but unfortunately the size of the building restricted this. The 5 shades of green were to carry on as can be seen in original mockup. The 45degree diagonal stripes were used to inject colour and vibrancy into the building and therefore the area around it.