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 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. I also paint donuts. I love the bright cheery colours and we all need some of that at the moment. You can see all of my recent work on my Instagram account @michewatkins and I have a link a text the top of this page to a Catalogue of paintings that are available now. I update this regularly.
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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