Shakespeare's Globe, 2019
In 2019 I was selected to create an artwork for the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. The commission was for a local artist to interpret a chosen Shakespeare quote into an artwork, promoting their Winter season programme, which was to be displayed along their Bankside entrance by the river. The quote, ‘I love this place and willingly could waste my time in it’ from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ gave me many ideas, but I decided to focus on the immediate surroundings and the historical significance of it, using a centuries old art form often used for book illustration- wood engraving. You can read more about the work and my process behind it on the Globe's official blog.
In 2022 I helped Jesse Quin from legendary British rock band Keane with the designs for the band's summer merchandise. Jesse had to come up with a design for the Forestry England tour and together we hand printed from tree trunks that had been cut down to make way for HS2. There are still some of the hoodies available on Keane's website. This was such a fun project to do and a good hand burnishing challenge!
In 2022 I was delighted to be commissioned by the British Indiepop band Captain to make an artwork for their latest single, High Beams (Gentlemen Recordings) I was sent a rough edit of the song and connected with it immediately. I worked up several ideas in charcoal and worked with an open and experimental approach on the offset litho press in the studio. I really enjoy working to a brief, trying to convey a mood or sentiment in the song, and am thrilled with the results. Give High Beams a listen, it's a brilliant song!
Untitled (El Capitan), 2020
This monoprint was commissioned privately in 2020. Inspired by Ansel Adams' infamous photograph of El Capitan in Yosemite, I created an atmospheric scene combining intense colour and black and white texture.
Please contact me if you have any commissions my work may be suitable for: grace.hailstone [at]me.com