12 Displays of Christmas

This is my current project which is leading up to an art display for a shop window in Blackburn. The project is called '12 Displays of Christmas and will be unveiled at Blackburn lights switch on, on the 21st November, where Matt Cardle will be turning on the lights. Twelve students were picked after applying, to design a Christmas display for the shops that are partaking. I have decided to paint one very large canvas and display it in the shop window below a couple of graffiti style silk screen prints. The main inspiration I used was a mix of artists from a book called Cut and Paste: 21st Century Collage, though Victor Kaifas really stood out for me, so I based the figure on his idea of hiding facial features. I also based the intricate ink doodles, drips and circles on a mix of graffiti inspiration and Keith Haring. I originally wasn't planning a winter painting, I just had the idea of a woman with no face in winter clothes to the right of the page, with some circles and black text, but I am very happy with the outcome. Surprisingly the painting only took me about 3 hours (not including drying time), I hate working slow, that's why I could never paint figurative portraits as a living!

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