Ulster Museum Tags not Labels - proposal
9th December 2011
Areas: making of paintings prints sketches street art
A few months ago I sent in a proposal to do some street art in the Ulster Museum to accompany the opening of Victoria and Albert Museum, London touring exhibition of Street Art - showcasing the work of some of the biggest artists in the street art community such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Pure Evil and D*Face.
The Ulster Museum was looking to showcase four of Belfast’s local street art talent in an exhibition called Tags not Labels. Whilst I wasn’t selected as one of the main four artists I was given the awesome opportunity to do some live painting in the Ulster Museum on the opening night.
Below I’ve included some sketches and the final piece for the proposal to give you an idea of the process.
I really wanted to do something with a forest scene as the orientation was going to be landscape. The first idea was to simply have a bird or cloud flying through the trees writing my tag name ‘TWEET’.
The next idea focused on using the trees as legs, whilst this was my favourite I didn’t think the Ulster Museum would have gone for it.
I settled on this idea of using the uprights of the trees as parts of letters that would be defined by white pieces of wood hammered onto the trees by a local animal living in the forest.
The finished image, I liked it so much that I made up a few gilcée prints of it which I’ll be selling at the Xmas Black Box Bazaar this Sunday.