Illustration student brings colour to shopping centre
Date: 13th Jul 2017
A talented Buckinghamshire New University BA (Hons) Illustration student is providing colourful entertainment for shoppers over the summer as he works on a large canvas in the centre of Accrington Market Hall, in Lancashire.
Adam Whewell has been attracting crowds as he completes the 8ft by 4ft canvas, which depicts a whale and has been drawn in the ‘zentangle’ style of art, an abstract style created by simple, structured patterns called tangles.
The keen-to-improve student, who hit on the idea after Associate Lecturer David Shaw encouraged him to take up street art to boost his skills, chose to draw a whale after being inspired by a university project on endangered animals.
He has no plans for where it will end up but said he would happily donate it to the Market Hall.
Adam said: “This is the first time I have ever done anything like this."
"I was scared what people would say to me at first but my university tutors and I thought taking on street art would be a good chance to increase my confidence and make it easier to interact with people about my work."
"I find it therapeutic. The comments I have received have all been great as well. Nobody has had a bad word to say.”
He said he has ambitions to go into art as a career once he has finished his studies.
“Hopefully this work could just help to spruce up the market a bit and it’s something I can do more of in future as I really like doing murals and big pieces of art,” added Adam.
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An Accrington Arndale spokesman said: “Adam has expressed how delighted he is to be a part of our celebratory events.
“As well as broadening his experience, it exposes art to a whole new audience. We look forward to working with Adam - he is a credit to Accrington.”
See Adam’s work on his website at www.adamwhewell.wordpress.com.
Images courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph.