FEATURE – Russell Ian Dempster mural for Leith Late

As part of Leith Late 2014, we spotted Russell Ian Dempster creating a beautiful piece of art on Henderson Street, Leith. We love all street art in Edinburgh and think this new addition to the area is fantastic.

You really need to visit it in person to appreciate the size and detail in the artwork.

A close up of the finished piece

Russell Ian Dempster has installed his homage to the Leith-born Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the founding fathers of the British Pop Art movement.

Russell graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee in 2004 and has so far exhibited in five solo shows, numerous group shows across Scotland, as well as various commissions and a major mural project for Edinburgh Zoo in 2011. Russell’s artwork will include a large-scale portrait of Paolozzi, rendered in his distinctive style which distorts the image on show, echoing Paolozzi’s own work.

On choosing Paolozzi as the subject of his artwork, Russell says: “I think that most people would be interested in knowing that the grandfather of Pop Art was from Leith. I don’t think that his work is celebrated enough, so hopefully this mural will help people take an interest in who he is and what he achieved.”

This latest incarnation of The Mural Project was made possible in collaboration with City Centre Posters and in association with The Friends of the Water of Leith Basin.

The launch event is at Sofi’s bar on Thursday 17th April 2014. Details on the Facebook event page.

Work in progress......

Russell Ian Dempster is installing his homage to the Leith-born Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the founding fathers of the British Pop Art movement.

Russell graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art in Dundee in 2004 and has so far exhibited in five solo shows, numerous group shows across Scotland, as well as various commissions and a major mural project for Edinburgh Zoo in 2011. Russell’s artwork will include a large-scale portrait of Paolozzi, rendered in his distinctive style which distorts the image on show, echoing Paolozzi’s own work.

On choosing Paolozzi as the subject of his artwork, Russell says: “I think that most people would be interested in knowing that the grandfather of Pop Art was from Leith. I don’t think that his work is celebrated enough, so hopefully this mural will help people take an interest in who he is and what he achieved.”

This latest incarnation of The Mural Project was made possible in collaboration with City Centre Posters and in association with The Friends of the Water of Leith Basin.

The launch event is at Sofi’s bar on Thursday 17th April 2014. Details on the Facebook event page.

Further information
Russell Dempster on Facebook
On twitter @dempsterussell
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