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ART FIX: Street artist’s niece designs rainbow mural

ART FIX: Street artist’s niece designs rainbow mural

Friday 15 May 2020

ART FIX: Street artist’s niece designs rainbow mural

Between an uncle painting the mural designed by his young niece and siblings singing a duet, this week’s offering of creative joys is very much a family affair.

Every Friday, Express is presenting a selection of online exhibitions, performances and other historic and creative content to help islanders continue getting their weekly dose of culture.

Here is this week's offering... 

Now, that's my kinda curve!

Ben Robertson Randalls mural

Pictured: The new mural is on Randalls’ Warehousing wall, at the corner of Savile and Cannon Street.

Mural artist Ben Robertson (aka BOKRA) is known for the colourful collages he has painted at La Colomberie and Mont Nicolle School, as well as his representation of the Liberation 75 logo more recently on Great Union Road.

At the request of Randalls, he recently adorned the pub chain's warehousing wall at the corner of Savile and Cannon Street with a design dreamed up by his young niece, Amelie. 

“My niece had been producing so much great art, and since being in lockdown she has become quite prolific, creating animations, sculptures and paintings!” Ben explained. 


Pictured: Amelie's three other designs.

“I thought it would be helpful for her to work towards a public art brief, and have the opportunity to see her design painted on a large scale and in St. Helier.”

Amelie created four designs in just three days following the simple brief her uncle had given her. “We spoke over the phone, I gave her basic guidelines; that I needed a rainbow with a topical quote,” Ben said. 

Ben eventually settled on the design playing on the infection curve.

amelie curve mural design

Pictured: “The other designs are great, but this one was destined to be a mural!” Ben said.

“It had to be an iconic image with a relevant and topical strap-line, which everyone can understand and connect with as they pass by,” Ben said. “The other designs are great, but this one was destined to be a mural!”

When the young girl saw her design on the wall, she was equally excited and impressed by her uncle’s skills. “Wow, it’s exactly as I imagined it,” she said. “But how did he control the spray so well!?”

Sibling duet 

Whilst quarantined at home, singer songwriter Tadhg Daly asked his sister Áine Rose to join him for an acoustic version of his next single ‘Figure it out’ ahead of its release on 22 May.

The song is about “longing and coping with the distance between yourself and your loved ones” as Tadhg explained, making it the perfect tune to listen to as lockdown continues. 

Twin Peaks

After showing off the skilled work of Nick Archer, Private & Public has now unveiled the second half of its ‘Twin Peaks’ exhibition.  

Video: Chris Clifford presents the second part of ‘Twin Peaks’.

It features the work of British painter, Jenny Pockley, exploring themes of beauty in the natural landscape.

“Working with various layers of oil on gesso, copper and carborundum, Jenny Pockley creates her signature hazy dreamlike, tranquil, calming and meditative landscapes which demonstrate a remarkable yet effortless mastering of subtle tonal contrasts that are reminiscent of Mark Rothko or Claude Monet,” gallery Director Chris Clifford explained.


CLICK ABOVE: You can discover Jenny Pockley's work from the comfort of your own home thanks to this virtual tour.

“These paintings, where monumental mountains, cloud formations and seascapes are formed in diffused or minimal light and soft shadows, describe the sublime and the ethereal and are the perfect emotional balm to the difficult times we are currently living through.”

You can visit the exhibition virtually here or flick through the digital catalogue here

'This is Planet Earth, 2020'

How to squeeze coronavirus, Instagram addiction, global warming and Brexit into the same song? Listen to Rhumba Club's three-minute synth-pop track, aided by a Pet Shop Boys-esque lyrics.

Recorded in self-isolation, '2020' portrays a confused and chaotic planet mid-crisis.

Set against a backdrop akin to big 80s dance numbers, Rhumba Club sets the current atmosphere against pumping beats, resulting in a timely political bop

Shared by ArtHouse Jersey Presents, the homemade lyric video shows Tom Falle - aka Rhumba Club - performing at home, framed by a border of rolling hygiene instructions, such as 'Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available'.

The visuals for the video were created in partnership with digital artist Ryan Vautier, who recently worked with The 1975 and Grimes. 

Missed your Liberation-themed art fix last week? CLICK HERE to catch up.

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