Well, here we are in the third lockdown in the UK. It was a lot easier this time around as everyone has their little routines and the kids get taught via Teams, so no home schooling. This time, I’ve been working digitally, creating work on Procreate and Photoshop. The inspiration came from my daily cycles around my hometown of Bristol, UK. Without the people rushing all around, you really notice the architecture of the city. My observations began creeping into my digital paintings, and I began to wonder how this pandemic would affect our towns and cities in the future. I then began to create some futurist skylines, big bold structures in empty space. Not what we all imagined the future would look like when we were growing up.
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Richard Shipley is an abstract painter who originates from York, North Yorkshire, and is now a resident of Bristol in the southwest of England. Shipley’s love of art began in 1987, when he was introduced to graffiti art,which inspired him to pick up the can, and the rest is history. Over the years Shipley’s work has evolved from his early graffiti writings to the non-objective abstract aesthetic he explores today. Heavily influenced by the dynamism of the Italian Futurists such as Umberto Boccioni and the geometry of Kazimir Malevich and the Suprematist movement, Shipley keeps his roots in graffiti art.