Location: Hilton Bankside
- What are your medium/s of choice: Acrylic paint
- Describe your style: Anamorphic street art
- How long have you been practicing your art? This particular style, since 2005.
- Who or what inspired you to start? The opportunity to paint/chalk on a large scale in public places, where the works could be appreciated outside of a gallery setting.
- Who are your artistic inspirations? Walter Sickert and Holbein among many others.
- What is the title of your piece: Two Foxes
- What was your inspiration for the piece? When the Hilton Bankside was being built, the builders kept on finding little paw prints in the concrete, and around the place, when they returned to work on a morning. They finally figured out that it was 2 visiting foxes. Over the duration of the build the foxes became more confident and were often seen in daytime. They became known as the little visitors. We were commissioned by the hotel to create a large mural and 2 portraits to celebrate these furry hotel guests. Foxes have always been part of London’s urban landscape and were, unfortunately, part of cruel the past times on the ice at the original Frost Fairs, along with bear baiting, which was historically popular in the area. The Frost Fair team had this fun idea that these animals could have taken the opportunity to escape their icy captivity when an elephant was walked across the ice at the last Frost Fair of 1814, and this has seeped into other participating artist’s work. We like to imagine that the hotels foxes could be the very descendents of those that made their daring escape on the ice!
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