Artists with a strong connection to Manchester also join the Cities of Hope Convention. With a brief of iconic Manchester the work of these artists provide local context to the street gallery. Without the support of these artists Cities of Hope would not have happened. The Festival feels indebted to them and is privileged to have them stand alongside them.
Polish street artist Tankpetrol, now based in Manchester, completed the portrait of the English writer and composer Anthony Burgess who is of course from Manchester. Tankpetrol added a quote “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it” which refers to Burgess’ novel A Clockwork Orange.
Tankpetrol is well known for using stencils as his main medium, which he entangles with carefully placed background details, making neat, well-executed art pieces. His search of personal style and development led him to complex look, in which he tries to fade stencils and spray paint using other techniques like acrylic paint and various mixed media.
Tank’s works are highly detailed, full of background elements like geometric shapes, typography and nature elements. Central figures in his work in most cases are women surrounded by animals and depicted in strong posture.
Have a look at more photos as Tankpetrol progress on his mural.