With a background in watercolour art, Jilly Oxlade-Arnott says turning her hand to painting a giant giraffe sculpture for Worcester Stands Tall was “challenging” at first.
The artist, who lives in Worcester, covered an 8ft tall sculpture in a vibrant design for the 10-week art trail launching in the city on Monday, July 9.
Her design was chosen by sculpture sponsors Worcester City Council and will be displayed alongside 29 other large giraffes on the trail this summer.
The 50-year-old painted her giraffe Fabella in the public painting space at Crowngate Shopping Centre alongside a number of others.
Find out more about Mrs Oxlade-Arnott and her work in our Q&A:
How do you feel to be a part of this project?
It’s a wonderfully creative environment to work in. Sharing the public space with other artists was inspiring: we all supported each other and were able to contribute to each other’s designs. The interaction with the public has been fun and engaging. The most important thing of all is that it will be raising much needed funds for a very worthy cause.
Tell me a little bit about your background as an artist
I am a watercolour artist specialising in architecture. I produce residential and business commissions alongside my collections which are available at a number of outlets in Worcester. I am exhibiting at Croome Court, the National Trust flagship property this summer, until September.
How would you describe your work?
I have been able to tell a story of the history and culture of Worcester using both imagery and poetry. I have stylised the canvas of my giraffe paying homage to my favourite artist Van Gogh. I hope people will not only enjoy looking at Fabella but perhaps may learn something about their city too.
What inspired your giraffe design?
Worcester’s architecture – we have a rich fabric and wealth of buildings in the city.
What has it been like decorating an 8ft tall giraffe?
Challenging – it’s full of curves and tricky places to reach. Anything can look good 2D – but converting the design to 3D is a skill which I have now learnt! The longer I spent painting, the more I felt comfortable and responsive to the structure.
What are you most excited about for the Worcester Stands Tall art trail this summer?
The response we have had from residents and their excited anticipation of what will be a spectacular splash of colour and design throughout the city.