During the summer of 2020, a large section of the main high street in the Wirral town of New Ferry was transformed. A row of shops which had somewhat ordinary facias, some in need of a little TLC, were transformed in just a few weeks into something very special. The centre pieces of this transformation was the farmyard murals at Boysenberry and Edge & Sons Butchers. Boysenberry was adorned with five black saddleback piglets, whilst the front of Edge & Sons Butchers was decorated with two moody brooding Highland Cows. The impact of the these street art works alone and as part of a larger 5 mural strip, was massive. The locals and visitors have unanimously given the work the thumbs up and really taken it to their hearts.
Phase one of the project has been so successful that Phase 2 has been given the green light by both the New Ferry Residents Association and Wirral Council and will begin in February 2021.
Head over to the webpage to check out more of the murals.
Fantastic news! Paul Curtis has been named as Liverpool City Region's Artist of the Year 2020. Following public nominations, Paul was shortlisted by the Merseyside councils. A panel of judges decided on the winner from this shortlist.
The award means a great deal to me. I have never received any awards for my artwork before so to win this, especially when up against stiff competition, is something special. I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way, especially those who stuck with me at the beginning. I've worked really hard for the last three or four years and to get an official recognition of this calibre convinces me I wasn't deluded when I chose to become an artist! Hopefully this is just the start, I'm planning many big projects this year, so onwards and upwards!"
The award night was held on 19th February 2021
Painted at House of Colour Academy, a hair salon on Bold Street Liverpool, the face of a beautiful young model with piercing blue eyes and ruby red lips dominates the salons feature wall. Combining graffiti styles with a grey-scale colour palette the models hair is an explosion of colour, a mixture of graffiti tagging, flowers and shiny beads. The overall result is a symphony of styles and colours. On the one hand, it is seemingly chaotic, but the simplicity of the girl's beauty and the piercing focus of her eyes, draws the whole artwork together.
Head to the mural page to see more about the mural.