Dulux Colour Britain Campaign
3 murals for part of Dulux's #colourbritain campaign. The murals were live painted in Dulux colours by Muralist Peter Barber in Manchester, Cardiff and Sheffield.
MANCHESTER - Joy Diversion
The mural is a playful utopian landscape of all things Manchester through the ages, illustrating its vibrancy and heritage in a modern way. Taking inspiration from its industrial Lowry-esque roots ( factory buildings, workers terraced cottage streets and the worker bee motif) through to the city's musical roots, the Hacienda interior and Peter Saville's work for factory records.
I was particularly inspired by 2 record sleeves for the band New Order that directly referenced the Italian futurist Fortunato Depero, so used his dynamic work to inspire the overall look and feel of the final piece, fusing traditional industrial motifs with the vibrancy of futurism.
"We do things differently here." is a quote from Tony Wilson.
SHEFFIELD Stay Bright
I decided to use the phrase "Stay bright!" after discovering a derelict steel works in my research called Stay Brite works. I thought it was a nice reference to Sheffield's industrial heritage without being too cliché.
Another interesting fact I found out about Sheffield is that it has more modern listed buildings than any other city in the north. I wanted to celebrate how Sheffield embraced modernism and a utopian vision for the future in the post war era. Park Hill flats, the Arts Tower and the Sub Station all make an appearance.
Using the ceiling of Cardiff castle as an inspiration I decided to create a psychedelic piece for Cardiff. Tying in with this concept is the music of the Super Furry Animals whose album sleeves 'Dark Days and Light Years' was a collaboration with psychedelic Japanese Pop Surrealist Keiichi Tanaami. The world's oldest record store Spillers also fits nicely with the over arching musical theme of the Mural.