In 2013 I painted a series of works ‘Spring’ that we’re installed in a public corridor in a busy dining hub on Anfu Lu in the former French Concession in Shanghai.
The vibrant palette and sweeping gestural marks signified the changing seasons, my intention was to create an uplifting visual experience for those wandering through the dark hallway.
Many of these paintings found homes with local residents and I continue to receive messages of the joy these works bring to their owners. This large 2 x 3m ‘Spring’ was the only painting from that series that remained and when in residence at Swatch I had this painting in my studio. Coincidentally the colour palette was an exact match to the palette that Swatch chose throughout their Nanjing Lu store in 2014
When Carlo Giordanetti the creative director for The Swatch Art Peace Hotel visited my studio he insisted that Swatch acquire this piece to compliment their aesthetic. It felt like the work found its home with Swatch.
Commercial projects can be an incredibly encouraging process that has given momentum to the public reach of my art and expanded the scope of my ideas for public based projects.
Limitless possibilities can be accessed in public engagement and commercial based commissions. Creating works that are engaging and invite people to take notice of their surroundings is a rewarding process that in so many ways bridges connection and emphasises art as as a tool for communication.