Graeme returning to major festival

Artist Graeme Douglas with work he produced at Upfest in 2016.
Artist Graeme Douglas with work he produced at Upfest in 2016.

An Ashington artist will once again be showcasing his work at Europe’s largest free urban art festival.

Graeme Douglas is among the 300 people selected for Upfest, which will take place in Bristol in July. He was also chosen for the 2016 event.

He impressed organisers with the selection of his work in his application. Last year, the eight paintings on canvas he produced were all sold.

Artists are stationed in areas across the city at the festival, which also includes entertainment, and they do drawings and paintings in front of the crowds.

Last year, the 31-year-old did his own darker take on a modern version of Beauty and the Beast at the event.

It was all done in stencil work and one person in particular liked it so much that they ordered an exact copy to be painted on canvas.

Graeme said: “Being at the 2016 festival was an amazing experience. It was great to speak with members of the public about my work.

“I finally got to meet in person lots of urban artists I connected with through Facebook I also met some of my all-time favourite artists.

“I’m really looking forward to returning to Upfest this summer – more than 30,000 people attended in 2016 and the organisers are expecting the attendance to be bigger this year as there will be more areas for artists.”

“In the last few years I’ve been pushing myself more into the gallery scene rather than just doing art as a hobby.”

He has lived in Ashington since the age of 10 when his family moved there from Newbiggin. His main focus at the moment is portraits, including animals and celebrities.

To see examples of his work, visit the Mr Hope, Hope Arts Facebook page.