Spot these Gucci murals by artist Alex Merry the next time you're in Hong Kong and Shanghai
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Step aside, Ignasi Monreal. Besides making headlines with his digital paintings for Gucci's Spring/Summer 2018 campaign, the Spanish artist has also kept busy with Gucci's wall art project, which launched in February in fashion capitals to much fanfare: Scaling the walls of Milan's Largo la Foppa, Monreal's work took inspirations from the 15th century painting 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch and the couple in the 1434 painting 'The Arnolfini Portrait' by Jan van Eyck. Hong Kong, which showcased the first of Gucci's ArtWall in Asia, coloured its Lan Kwai Fong district with Monreal's dream-like wonder and of course, a lust for the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 threads.
We wouldn't go so far as to call these Gucci's ArtWalls street art. A global luxury group, Kering, owns the label, whereas street art is proudly rooted in guerrilla movements — go figure. But hey, like all content, it's open to interpretation. What we love, though, is the sheer scale of these works, which somehow made in-your-face advertising more palatable. It isn't surprising that Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele has looked upon street art and murals as a canvas. For his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, he worked with graffiti artist Trevor Andrew — also known as GucciGhost — to spray paint his signature double-G logo (one that Andrew used to brand rubbish bins in Brooklyn) onto Gucci's accessories and apparel.
It's only natural then, that Gucci looked to another artist when it entered the home décor market in 2017. British artist Alex Merry was the woman for the job. The illustrator, portrait painter and self-proclaimed "beast maker" once performed in Glastonbury as part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in North London, and has worked on cover art for bands such as Will Pound. Now, her folk-like creations appear on cushions, candles, incense trays, chairs, screens, wallpaper, metal trays, and metal folding tables for Gucci.
Not resigned to just showing off at home, Gucci has taken Merry's works to the next level, by debuting her décor illustrations for the ArtWalls project in Milan, New York, London, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
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