This piece is now finished and is 24 x 24″, 60 x 60cm, oil on deep cotton canvas.
Like a lot of people, I think we are all obsessed with social media, and our smartphones in particular. I would like to say it is only the young who are so obsessed, but it is definitely crossing over into my generation, the older market. Sometimes this is a good thing, as we can, as artists, get our work seen across the world at a touch of a button without having to pay for an expensive marketing campaign. Sometimes not so good, when we spend more time looking at our phones than at each other.
Hence this painting. Upfest (Urban Paint Festival) takes place on the street where I live in Bristol each year and this particular artist’s work struck a chord with me. He’s on Instagram as stefano_chies and his ad logo is ‘Sign’, as in my work. I have placed my trademark woman in front of the hoarding, completely oblivious of this wonderful art, as she is of course, totally engrossed on her phone.
I am interested in preserving street art and graffiti in my paintings as they so often get painted over and then the art is gone forever. But not any more…
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