While the country may have locked down recently, our artists upped their game. Rising to the challenge with aplomb, they’ve used their time to get creative and bring some much needed moments of happiness to their followers on social media.
First mention must go to Nigel Mason, who got behind the #PortraitsForNHSHeroes initiative started by portrait artist Tom Croft, and painted stunning portraits for extremely dedicated NHS staff. It was only right that we used one of these poignant images as the front cover for this issue. Beth, Kathleen and Thom were the lucky recipients of personalised portraits from Nigel.
"“I felt so lucky to have a portrait painted by Nigel. The painting was so beautiful and really captured a time in my life that was full of uncertainty due to Covid19. It is very special to me, because it reminds me of how everyone came together and showed real kindness and compassion.""
Community nurse in Camborne
Across the pond, our very own Romero Britto was also using his art to bring a little cheer to people. Over the past few months, he has regularly released free downloadable colouring pages for children (and big kids too!) to enjoy and get creative with colour. No surprise, really, for an artist whose entire ethos centres around the joy and happiness one should find in art. Thank you Romero, keep it coming!
Alex has been as busy as ever, this time working on a very special commission for University College London Hospitals (UCLH). This undertaking is the largest of its kind in the UK this year, and involves a staggering 93 original works of art from Alex, which translates to 3000 square feet across the project!
Giving the arts a presence within health care environments has been shown to reduce the stress and anxiety of patients receiving treatment, as well as improve wellbeing of patients and staff. The arts have also been shown to reduce recovery rates and reduce the need for pain medication. Working collaboratively with UCLH Arts and Heritage, Alex’s aim is to create an art installation that will provide a distraction, bring colour and light into the patients’ environment and create a wow factor for the brand new building in which it will be showcased.
06/12/2019Our artist programme manager Manisha Chauhan dropped by Britto Central HQ in the art district of Wynwood. Read to find out more!
09/12/2018The Yorkshire-born painter’s touching collection of original artworks sees him experiment with aerial perspective, adding a cool tone that’s perfect for winter.
23/01/2019Romantic encounters, childhood scenes and sunny beaches all bring life to the oil painter’s creations. We explore the method behind his nostalgic stories.
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