Former students follow in Banksy’s footsteps for Art Below
Former BA (Hons) Fine Art students Hilary Kidd and Henriette Busch will have their work exhibited by London-based art initiative Art Below at Grand Union Station, Los Angeles this December.
Art Below’s previous exhibitions have included works of renowned street artists such as Banksy and Ben Eine. The group uses billboard space in underground stations to display artworks in major cities internationally, and has nurtured a global community of artistic talent.
Hilary and Henriette had not met before being coincidentally paired for the exhibition. Hilary, who graduated from the Fine Art degree in 2016, said: “I like the work of [Henriette] and the way it compliments mine. I had a look on her website at the other work she had done, and saw she had also studied Fine Art at the University of Hertfordshire before I was even there! It’s an amazing coincidence that two alumni from the University of Hertfordshire’s Fine Art course should have work on the same billboard, in a Los Angeles train station!”
Henriette added: “I was amazed when I received Hilary’s email – such a coincidence, it had to be fate! I emailed her back right away as my first thought was also how well our two images complemented each other. I look forward to meeting Hilary and seeing more of her work – and maybe having a joint exhibition somewhere in the future!’’
Digital reproductions of their work will be printed onto large billboards at Los Angeles Grand Union Station for two weeks, and then exhibited for sale as framed prints at Sur le Mur Gallery in LA for a week.
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Michael Wright, said: “I'm thrilled that Hilary and Henriette have been by recognised by Art Below; this is an incredible opportunity for them both. Their creative flare, dedication and raw talent shines through their work. They both have a bright future ahead of them and I greatly look forward to watching how their careers progress.”
Art Below has displayed the works of over 3,000 artists in London, Tokyo, Berlin and Los Angeles.