Bee Illustrates : Lovers - ECA 2021 Graduate Show Promotional Installation

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Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
This image was part of a project reimagining Preraphaelite inspired imagery in a modern, diverse and inclusive way. With Section 28 in full force less than 20 years ago throughout most of the UK, the promotion of homosexuality/queerness as anything other than abhorrent would have been illegal. The way my piece was used demonstrates how far society has come in such a short amount of time.

How was the illustration used:
My piece, 'Lovers', was used as a 6m x 6m promotional installation for the University of Edinburgh 2021 Graduate Show at Edinburgh College of Art.

How did you make this work:
This piece was created digitally using Procreate. As the project was undertaken during the height of lockdown when universities, studio spaces and art shops were closed, my iPad was the only equipment I had available. This project was a series of experiments, one of which was that I tried to mimic traditional mediums using digital materials..


Social Media:
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Personal Website:
beeillustrates.uk/
Agent Website:
https://www.weshft.co/

College:
Edinburgh College of Art / The University of Edinburgh
Course:
Illustration BA(Hons)
Year of Graduation:
2021


Currently Based:
London

Biography:
A queer illustrator and creative based in London, Bee uses their distinctive style + quirky illustrations to educate, empower and inform on a range of important topics. Primarily focusing on mental health, Queerness and Feminism, Bee's aim is to make complex theory and difficult subjects accessible. Clients inc: Maltesers, Vans, Spotify, Hallmark, Refinery29 + more.

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