Painting Hull, Andrew Reid Wildman

I am painting Hull. And I want to take you for a walk through this great city. Let me take you on a tour of my Hull, through my artwork. Come on, get your coat, and let’s go for a walk.

The first work depicts Fudge, a fun restaurant and bakery in Princes Avenue, Hull’s pulsating night-time heart.
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Our next stop is just across the road at Marrakesh, a wonderfully atmospheric Moroccan restaurant.
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Next door to Marrakesh, we can find Pave Bar, a loud and gregarious bar with food. I had an exhibition there in April.

The new life beckons

We turn the corner into Spring Bank. Here is the old favourite Polar Bear Pub and the neighbouring Botanic Hotel.

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Also on Spring Bank I painted a brightly coloured fun shop.

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And then I painted a bright African cafe. I got loads of racist comments made about it online.

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Then I painted an Asian barber shop, but after the racism from the last one I decided not to post it.

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We backtrack a bit now, back to Newland Avenue, where we can find one of my favourite cafes, the English Muse. I love it here, with its charm and its books.
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Crossing the road, we can slip down to Grafton Street. I decided to paint the Grafton Hotel pub, as I was attracted by its lovely post-War architecture. This work was made into a T-shirt to raise money for a local charity.
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Newland Avenue is accessed under a railway bridge. I have painted it and used it in posters and postcards.

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A few streets down and we can see the bridge again, from a slightly different angle.

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I popped down to Manvers Street, and other side streets and fell in love with the terraced houses.

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Or this one, I liked the colours and the shadows.

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Beverley Road next. A bit run down sadly, but artistically inspiring nonetheless.

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And I also did this, my first really large-scale work. This one is destined for POP in June. Oh look! There’s me!

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City centre now, I think. But shall we take an old-fashioned Hull bus?

I remember blue and white buses

Here we are! Anlaby Road. Time to get off. A bit tatty.

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Still on Anlaby Road, a larger and perhaps brighter work. I used collage here.

Happy images of the 50s, 60s, and 70s pepper my work

Happy images of the 50s, 60s, and 70s pepper my work

Passing Ferensway, can I point out my favourite little shop, Kathmandu, chocka with Buddhas and Hindu deities and incense, and if you fancy getting something pierced you can. Ouch.

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Across now to Posterngate. And look back at Princes Quay in the distance there, and that is where you will find POP, a great gallery.

Hull, through my eyes now

Into the old town now, and Princes Street, one of the most photographed streets in the city no doubt.

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And that is just a hop and skip away from Whitefriargate. And look at this beautiful Art Deco building being allowed to deteriorate.

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Near the New Theatre, I found these lovely blue-painted buildings.

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I want to take you to the old docks now. But let us stop in at Thieving Harry’s for a slice of delicious banana bread in a painstakingly restored 1950s gem.

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Better? Good, as it is a longish walk now, along the Humber to the abandoned St Andrew’s Docks. Here we can find the Lord Line Building. Do a bit of research into how the trawlermen were treated, btw. An eye-opener.

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And another abandoned office. Sad, really.

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We can cut back onto Hessle Road now, and a couple of shops.

Memories of houses that smelled of damp and calor gas

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And unfortunately our time together in Hull is over for tonight and I will leave you at Paragon Station, with a painting I called An End to Exile. If you like my work, you can check it out at https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/andrew_reid_wildman_2 or on my Facebook page called The Art of Andrew Reid Wildman.

The end of exile.

The end of exile.

 

 

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9 comments on “Painting Hull, Andrew Reid Wildman

  1. Very charming place and unique painting style. Reminds that I must get out of Miami some day and move to “America”. I would like to showcase some of your work on a Wednesday guest post on my blog. It is for artists, cartoonists, arts/crafts folklore stuff and some poets. Lemme know if interested. I am sure followers would enjoy your work. Thanks visit my blog.

  2. I follow on face book , but do everything, my stuff/other people’s stuff on my word press cartoon blog “I Know I Made You Smile”. I have featured over 70 artists/poets last 2 years. I get nothing out of it but to share a person with my followers and this connects people of like mind. I am a retired teacher so promoting the work of others is something I have always done.

    dagostino07@gmail.com

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