STREET ART IN YORKSHIRE
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 23rd February 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Street Art In Yorkshire
How street art is blossoming in lockdown with a message of hope.
Galleries are closed, studios are shut, and yet it seems Covid-19 restrictions can’t stifle the creative process and Britain’s love affair with art.
Art and painting have boomed since the first lockdown.
On the street, on windows and walls, every day paintings have been appearing everywhere.
In Leeds, an 88ft-high mural with ‘you and me, me and you’ daubed stands tall, by designer and renowned graphic artist Anthony Burrill.
The hope is that the work will offer a positive message of hope and unity for 2021.
It’s a message echoed by Rachel List, whose work in Pontefract was mistaken for a Banksy masterpiece.
Rachel List has been merging Superman’s logo onto the NHS in her murals.
Painting Superman’s iconic logo to replace the final letter in NHS, she told ITV News about how she took her work to the street after Covid regulations meant it could not be seen indoors.
She’s painted 12 murals across Pontefract – a town not normally known for its art – often with bright colours and the rainbow.
“I think this is just something people needed,” she said.
“At the same time children were painting rainbows in the windows, and I think people just needed to grasp that concept of the rainbow and bright colours in a time when everything seemed so dark.”
Secret artist behind viral ‘Banksy’ NHS street murals in Yorkshire speaks out.
Mural artist Rachel List has painted pictures on businesses in Pontefract as a thank you to the NHS staff fighting to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
As a mural artist from Yorkshire she has gained worldwide fame after her cryptic paintings on walls across her hometown were mistaken for works by Banksy.
Rachel List, 29, is a talented artist from Pontefract who usually paints children’s bedrooms and play areas with huge floor-to-ceiling murals of Disney princesses.
However, the coronavirus lockdown has brought an abrupt end to her work as she is no longer allowed inside people’s houses to paint.
But while scrolling through social media, Rachel saw an opportunity to use her skills to boost the morale of the town and thank NHS staff for their incredible efforts.
“I saw a post online from a business saying they wanted a banner,” she said. “They wanted the NHS logo with a Superman on.
“I thought, if I don’t do it no one else will.”
Jude West-Wilson runs past a mural supporting the NHS, by artist Rachel List, on the gates of the Hope & Anchor pub in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
Rachel’s first NHS mural was painted on the Horse Vaults pub in Pontefract, but she painted it in the early hours of the morning so no one knew who had painted it.
Although the mural was soon shared far and wide, the credit was given to the most popular anonymous artist in the world.
However, it is her first mural which attracted worldwide fame and Rachel hopes her work will quite literally paint Ponterfract in a positive light.
“The response has been amazing,” said Rachel.
“Some people have said they want to put a Perspex sheet over it to keep it protected as a reminder of the lockdown.
It is something that has, at some point, touched all our live.
TOP TEN + TWO OF THE DAY
12 Best UK Coastal Walks UK for 2021
1 White Cliffs of Dover, Kent.
2 Blakeney, Norfolk.
3 Whitehaven, Cumbria.
4 Old Harry Rocks, Dorset.
5 Formby Point, Merseyside.
6 St. Lawrence, Isle of Wight.
7 Stackpole, Pembrokeshire.
8 Burg, Isle of Mull.
9 Runkerry Point, County Antrim.
10 Church Bay, Anglesey.
11 Sandwood Bay, Sutherland
12 Porthcurno, Cornwall.
Early in the walk, you’ll pass the Minack Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre fashioned out of the cliffs in the 1930s; the small but perfectly formed sandy cove of Porth Chapel; and Porthgwarra, a minute fishing village.
(Courtesy ‘Country Living Magazine.)
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
One day or day one. It’s your decision.
Happiness is…a mural by Rachel List
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
A man has been filmed on CCTV stealing police car tyres.
Police are working tirelessly to catch the thief.
A time for traditional art…A time for art to re-invent itself and fill our lives afresh!
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