Welsh artist Esther Eckley’s latest artwork, entitled My Hero, has been inspired by her children which sees them dressed up in super-hero outfits and forms a storyboard of paintings.
Esther was offered the chance to exhibit the work at Vibe Gallery, Bermondsey, in partnership with Workspace and Kids Company – a children’s charity that deals with vulnerable inner-city children that have suffered hardship, abuse and significant challenges in the family home.
The artist, who herself adopted two boys nearly four years ago, explains, “When I was offered to hold this exhibition in cooperation with Kids Company on an art project which features children, I jumped at the chance to help. The exhibition is meant to be fun, lighthearted and colourful.
“My sons are my inspiration because they’ve experienced more in their short lives than what some of us will experience in a lifetime. This work is not only a tribute to my sons but to a great deal of children who have and will face a far from perfect start in life.”
The work is very different to her usual oil painted landscapes and seascapes and is the result of spray paint on paper.
The launch event takes place on Thursday 5 December between 6.30-9.30pm and the event is open to the public. Workspace, which provides space for entrepreneurs and professionals in London, will also be launching their charity strategy on the evening.
There will be roughly 30 paintings on show and will in its entirety, form a story between two super-hero wannabes.
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