Oh what a Circus!

An even more colourful Circus.

An even more colourful Circus. Click on images to enlarge.

OMG! – as they say. Have we really woken up to this colourful ‘nightmare’ in Bath’s historic Circus? Despite the fact there are those who probably quite like the idea of a graffiti effect – it is not really looking like that today – Thursday, October 8th.

However – pop along to Bath’s Guildhall – and you will find that this ‘urbanised’ look has been given to many examples of Bath architecture by artist Jacqui Howell of Bath Graffiti Art. Her installation – Colour in the City – is the latest Chairman’s Exhibition, and will be on display until November 9.

The full-sized work by Jacqui Howell.

The full-sized work by Jacqui Howell.

Jacqui – who is based in Paulton, has previously had her work displayed in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

She says: Street culture and graffiti are well-known for being provocative, appealing, bold and uncompromising. Graffiti has become a rich medium for unrestricted expression of ideas and statements.

Working with the architecture in Bath enables me to express creativity and vitality within the city and surrounding areas. Whilst documenting the buildings and graffiti l am able to combine the classic features with the unconstrained energy and expressive nature of urban artwork.

The inspiration of combining two different concepts came from the formal line and structure found in historical buildings

Marilyn in Bath Colonnades.

Marilyn in Bath Colonnades.

Pulteney Bridge gets the Jacqui Howell treatment!

Pulteney Bridge gets the Jacqui Howell treatment!

combined with the modern burst of colour and anarchy of graffiti. This brings a fresh view on the city that recognises and appreciates the skills of the differing artists involved. My work urbanises Bath without physically changing its familiar face, whilst appreciating the skills of the stone mason and the graffiti artist.

Through photography, l discovered a passion for architecture, framing and composing my photographs, focusing on every detail. As l study every image, the graffiti and the buildings, l can visualise pieces that would naturally fit. This starts a hunt for the perfect character, pattern and use of colour to blend with the architecture creating a new dialogue between two places.’

Spiderman on Bath Abbey. This photograph is behind glass and l am afraid the reflections are unavoidable.

Spiderman on Bath Abbey. This photograph is behind glass and l am afraid the reflections are unavoidable.

Not the best of settings for an exhibition as the sofa gets in the way!

Not the best of settings for an exhibition as the sofa gets in the way! Click on images to enlarge.

Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council, Councillor Ian Gilchrist, said: “The aim of the Chairman’s exhibitions, which change regularly, is to showcase the work of local artists. It’s a great opportunity for local people to come along and see Jacqui’s work free of charge.”

The exhibition is in the public area of The Guildhall, near the main reception, and can be viewed during opening hours.

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