Last night Jo and I made our way into the heart of Sheffield to 99 Mary Street.
Jo had been invited to the Private Preview of ‘Hollywood Vampires’ by the street artist Pure Evil. After I’d mentioned I’d like to go and see it she kindly asked me if I’d like to tag along with her.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever told you but I’m actually quite ‘arty farty’ having studied Art & Design at college (Sheffield & Lincoln)
It’s how I met Jo and I actually have a ND & HND in graphic design. Not that I ever really ‘used it’ but that’s a story for another day. Lets just say it involves Josephine’s Nightclub, a badly broken ankle, a false job description , followed by false promises.
Back then I let people walk all over me, I wouldn’t say ‘boo’ to a goose. I got settled and lazy! Like I said a long story.
So anyway I digress …back to last night
It was my first visit to 99 Mary Street. I’ve lived in this city 45 years and although I had heard of it I never knew where it was situated.
I do now.
It’s smaller than I had envisaged but it’s a beautiful building . Exposed brickwork, distressed timbers, and high ceilings. A great space to exhibit.
There’s just something beautiful about exposed brickwork don’t you think…
With our complimentary drinks, glass of Prosecco for me and a coke for Jo (she was driving) we took a wander around.
What I love about art is its subjective. Love it or hate it, it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
To me it looks as though the subjects are bleeding from their eyes. I love how the majority of the works feature this. It takes the art out of the frame as the ‘blood’ runs down the wall into a puddle on the floor.
Pure Evil definitely gives his work a dark side; take a look for yourself…
The man himself Pure Evil above (the one without glasses)
So what do you think…is it your cup of tea?
If you ever find yourself in Sheffield I would definitely recommend you pop along, have a wander around, take in some culture and have a browse at the Hollywood Vampires collection for yourself.
All the pieces are for sale, are unique and on show until 17th November, 2016.
It’s open Monday to Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm More details // HERE
Lastly I’d just like to say a big thank-you to Jo for inviting me as her plus one and to the guys at 99 Mary Street for making us both feel so welcome.
I’m sure I’ll be back soon.
Until next time, Tracey x
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