Watercolour, fineliner and white gel pen
h: 44 w: 44 d: 3 (cms).
I love the street art that adorns the walls of places like Shoreditch in London. I know it's not to everyone's liking but I find a lot of it is quite beautiful. I visited a gallery in the area some years ago and found the work somewhat bland. The blandness was emphasised all the more when I entered the street and was confronted by an explosion of colour and vivid images all around. This was my first real introduction to street art. In some places, such as Dalston in Hackney, there are gallery owned walls where grafitti artists can legally show their work. It was during a trip to Brick Lane, specifically to see the street art, that I captured this image of a like minded individual enjoying the work as he passed by. I knew immediately that it was an image I would like to recreate but in my own way. I have ramped up the colours in my painting to emphasise the heat of the day and to enhance the overall image. I particularly enjoyed the combination of the terracota colour bricks and the vibrant pink of the written grafitti and I think they work well together. By using a combination of watercolour and pens I've tried to convey the beauty of the inner city.