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‘Lennon’ work in progress 03/01/18

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This is the start of a private commission for someone very dear to my heart who has a desperately serious illness.

The original street art painting of this wonderful image is on the wall of a supermarket near me on North Street in Bristol, UK.   I watched the artist @kobra painting this in bright vivid colours last summer.  It is massive and very beautiful and I am beyond sad to think it will be painted over next summer.  Such is the nature of street art, it is ephemeral.  Upfest is held every year on my street (urban paint festival) and although I absolutely love seeing the works being created, I hate seeing these wonderful pieces being painted over eventually.

I have sought and received Kobra’s permission to paint my black and white version of John Lennon.  I have reassured him it is a private commission and I will not be printing posters etc from the finished painting.

I am enjoying the change painting in black and white.  Normally I never use black, preferring to mix ultramarine and burnt sienna to get different tones of black.  For this work however, I am using only Lamp Black and Zinc White from which I get various shades of grey.  An interesting exercise.

This piece is 100 x 80 cm ( 3ft 6” x 2ft 6” ) and is oil on canvas.

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