K9 PORTRAIT

I finally had the chance to return to the Sheffield City Council dog shelter in May ’18 to paint the section of wall left blank when I created SHF in 2016. I designed the piece straight after SHF but was never able to realise it. I painted the piece to raise awareness over the use of the building and the good work they do there.

CONTAINER WAVES

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Commissioned by startup business Eckington Self Storage to paint the huge shutter entrance to their Self Storage facility. I took the opportunity to paint my 3D wave pattern in a colour scheme inspired by shipping containers (which are what are used as the storage units) and the random nature in which they are arranged on container ships. Very much enjoyed applying the design to the two different surfaces brick and corrugated metal.

ADIDAS HQ

Large-scale commission for Adidas at their UK Headquarters in Stockport. In the huge stairwell leading to their showrooms and gym in a converted factory. The brief required two feature walls and various pieces of text, all tied together with monochromatic geometry to represent Adidas, and sprawling nature to represent Reebok. I was brought on board by The Mural Artists as creative director and to paint the geometry of the Adidas section.

LEARN TO BE

Commissioned by The University Of Sheffield in February 2016 to paint 24m of construction hoarding under the concourse outside the students union which was erected for the essential bridge maintenance that was taking place. Originally intended to only be in place for three months, due to its popularity, the piece stayed many months after the work was complete, lasting approximately a year and a half.
This was my first anamorphic piece using just a single plane of perspective. I had full creative freedom for this so took the opportunity to explore some ideas and try something new. As tempting as it was to design and paint something totally personal, I felt I had a duty to paint something typographical that related to, and that could inspire its audience. I came up with the phrase when I asked myself – ‘what do you go to uni for?” then cut this into my tech wave pattern, creating a Trompe L’oeil piece which had viewers walking right up to it to check if it was indeed three dimensional.

[SHF] YEAR OF MAKING

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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 have since painted the white space to the right of the mural with a personal project. See ‘K9 Portrait’ for updated photos!

Huge thanks go to artist Phlegm 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.