The White Hart Street Mural

The Wycombe Arts Centre Art Department was commissioned by our friends at HWBIDCo to decorate the ugly fence hoarding around a prominent town centre building, and the astounding results speak for themselves…

This handpainted masterpiece was collaboratively produced by 5 artists and features some of the area’s heritage and people.

Photography by Neil Marshment and Daniel Wilson, with a short film of it’s documentation on the way from Carl Tilly!

 

About the Artists

Decreate

Daniel Wilson is one of the ‘Artists in Residence’ at Wycombe Arts Centre. He has worked across many creative sectors over the years and currently specialises in largescale art projects.

He designed this mural after taking the brief from HWBIDCo- to display pride in some of the town’s history and folk, both inspiring achievers and everyday people too.

When not chatting to everyone walking past, Dan painted and drew much of the artwork, including ‘The Horse & Carriage’ (The Bridger family, local Butchers circa 1900), ‘Leigh-Anne’ (one quarter of pop supergroup Little Mix, from this area), The Windsor & Polypropylene Chairs, Robin & Lucienne Day, Illustrations of the Wycombe Chair Arch and street scenes, and the popular ‘Street Portraits’ (where Dan chatted to the public, took their photo, then drew it onto the wall later) to create a mini-High Wycombe portrait gallery!

Apparently there may still be more to come too, as the last side of the hoarding on Bull Lane has plans too so keep your eyes out if you’re in town.

Decreate on instagram

 

Teakster

HAtiq is an international Art Superhero. Working with graphics, stencils and bold colours, he blurs boundaries between modern street art and traditional pattern, text and design.

For this mural, Teakster applied his positive style to the colour fade backgrounds, taking the mural’s subtle patterning from medieval and victorian British Damask, through to stunning Islamic and Turkish inspired prints.

Teakster_art on Instagram

Jazmin Sheba Parsons

Jazmin is a talented local painter and photographer challenging stereotypes. Inspired by her own dual ethnicity and upbringing, she explores ideas of identity through her artwork.

For this mural, Jaz painted two of her friends to represent strong, modern women.

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My Colourful Life

Kat Gaska is a prolific creative with a keen passion for all things folk art: from hand-lettering to mandalas via canny crafting projects, Kat is always producing wonderful things.

She runs a blog with tips and advice, has taken part in the Letterheads Signwriting festival, and is now pushing her artistic pursuits into new territory with digital painting.

For this mural, Kat produced some wonderful flowing script in One-Shot Signwriting paint asking “Did you Know?’ and some further text including the facts exclaimed.

My colourful life on facebook

 

Lorna Cassidy

At 86 years young, local legend Lorna has spent a lifetime documenting this area in prints, drawings and paintings.

She has artwork on the walls and in the collections of the County Museum and Wycombe Museum, where her portrait also hangs.

Although she does not produce new artwork any more, Lorna contibuted to this mural by daubing some expressionist trees onto the landscape painting of Castle Hill House by Dan whilst it was in progress.

With permission granted by Wycombe District Council, this project has been produced by HWBIDCo & Decreate on behalf of Wycombe Arts Centre, Wycombe Museum, and the people of the town! Big thanks to all involved for making it happen, the artists for lending their talents and the public for the kind words while we worked.