I’m extremely happy to announce that my ‘Hello & Welcome to Leeds’ mural has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2017! The huge mural project which I recently talked about on BBC Radio Leeds has been shortlisted for the professional ‘Site Specific’ category in this years competition.
It was great to see how much positivity came from my ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ mural project. The project was my largest and most ambitious, so for other people to not only realise that but also voice it in print is amazing. Independent Leeds definitely did that for me and also captured some wonderful images of the process.
“A bit of a David and Goliath story if you like. One man, armed with some rollers and paint cans, tackled a 20 plus metre stretch of bare wall, through rain, rain, rain and more rain, day-in and day-out for three weeks.”
Here you can read the full print version of the Independent Leeds Article. Alternatively you can read the online article and see more images on the Independent Leeds website.
On the final day of working on my ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ mural, I was invited to be interviewed by Leeds Living magazine. They wanted to know all about the ‘Hello & Welcome To Leeds’ project and a little bit more about my past mural work. After spending the previous two weeks up and down ladders, it was really nice to just sit down with them and have a nice open discussion about my work and why I do what I do.
“he has his overalls rolled down by his waist and hands caked with dried paint, clearly not afraid to get his hands dirty”
Here you can read the full Leeds Living Article.
As part of Le Tour De France visiting Yorkshire for Le Grande Départ in Leeds, I was commissioned by East Street Arts in partnership with Leeds City Council to paint a mural on the first leg of the route.
I wanted to capture the element of struggle which is fundamental to Le Tour Dé France race. I also used this as an opportunity to create a stronger relationship between my illustration and my painting. You can see more images of the painting on the Le Tour Dé France Mural project page.