I am a narrative figurative artist painting in oils.
I live on North Street in Bristol, UK, which is a hub for street art and graffiti. Each year it plays host to Upfest, the Urban Paint Festival. Street artists from all over the world descend on the street where I live and cover every available wall, hoarding, etc with wonderful, sometimes humorous, sometimes political, always interesting street art and graffiti.
I decided I wanted to preserve some of this art, as it is by its nature ephemeral; it gets painted over and that is its point, which I find sad.
I go around the area and take photos of street art that interests me. I then obtain the street artist’s permission to incorporate their work into my own composition and tag them into my work in progress images on Instagram and Twitter. In this way I can give them added exposure wherever possible.
I place a woman somewhere in the vicinity of the street art, performing an action which changes the dynamic of the 2d street art, bringing art to life and vice versa.
I also paint small oil paintings in alla prima style or direct painting. These are painted in one session so I can keep prices low. They are available at £65 framed in white and are 8 x 8” square. Clients also buy sets of 3 which seem to go well in their kitchens. I paint whatever fruit or veg is in season and show these at North Gallery on North Street in Bristol. I buy most of the produce from local organic greengrocers Hugo’s Greengrocers and they also show my work. Rather than clog up the website with endless pictures of these small works, please go to my Instagram page where they are all listed. @michewatkins.
If you would like to email me an image of your kitchen, etc. I can produce one of these small still lifes to match your wall colours. Happy to do this.
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