Flood. A sign.


Flood. A sign.

Spray paint on metal street sign
75 x 86cm.
During the course of the twenty-first century, global sea levels are predicted to rise by up to 2 metres, possibly more. As a result, land occupied by 300 million people will fall below the elevation of an average annual coastal flood. By 2100, 200 million people could sit permanently below the high tide line.

The UN is warning that our planet is on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world. A key variable in this outcome will be how much heat-trapping pollution from human activities is dumped into the atmosphere, and how quickly the land-based ice sheets in Greenland and especially Antarctica destabilise. Another factor is widespread, intensive farming, which changes land cover by removing preexisting vegetation, thereby increasing the risk of flooding.

It is now widely accepted that extreme weather patterns, caused by long-term global climate change, make floods more likely. The science is impossible to ignore.

As global temperatures rise, there is significantly more energy in the Earth’s system. This amplified state results in higher air temperatures, which increase the possibility for evaporation and ultimately cloud formation. In this perfect storm scenario, the air is also able to hold more moisture content, which leads to an increase in precipitation intensity, duration and/or frequency.

"If you have more moisture in the atmosphere, the same rainfall systems rain harder - that is something we see globally. And that has a human greenhouse gas signal in it."
Professor Gabi Hegerl, University of Edinburgh.





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Ulysses


Ulysses
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas.
60cm x 80cm

Ulysses butterfly (also commonly known as the Blue emperor).


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HARK

THE PROJECT
THE MOVIE
THE GALLERY
THE ARTWORKS

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HARK - The Movie


H A R K
Running time: 11:40

This project was commissioned and hosted by


Et in terra pax - Antonio Vivaldi (Extrait du Gloria)
6 December 2014, St. Edmunds Church, Southwold, Suffolk, UK
Conductor: Vetta Wise
Spring Baroque Ensemble
Seraphim

Angel - J. Hendrix
Recital by Angel Coulby


Shot in London, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Burnham Market, on a Fuji X-T20 using a vintage Minolta MD 35-70mm 1:3.5 lens

With thanks to Veronica Bailey

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HARK - The Artworks

Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon

GLORIA
Acrylic, graffiti marker, spraypaint on canvas. 122 x 244cm.
The Westbury, London N22.
POA

Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon

Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon

Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon

THE LET US [S]PRAY SERIES
Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon
Click above image to view the LET US [S]PRAY series
Hark - a spraypaint artwork of an angel by artist James Straffon


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HARK - The Gallery

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon
Image © Steve Hodgson
Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

HARK - The Project

The HARK commission provided an opportunity to explore the historical legacy of a Suffolk town, and apply contemporary installations; juxtaposing an urban vernacular with the traditional landscape of Britain’s coastal settlement. The existent practice of spray paint and stencil, placed centrally within the bygone and venerable old-town retail frontages of Southwold, Aldeburgh and Burnham Market, made for provocatively-engaging street interventions.

Hark - a street art installation of an angel in Southwold by artist James Straffon

The provenance of the simple, stoic angelic figure was enhanced by exploration of the local St. Edmunds Church, Southwold, and the Southwold Museum. Both provided exquisite examples of devotional artworks, either carved from local oak or painted directly onto the Chancel Screen (the North screen depicting Nine Orders of Angels).

Technically, this project also provided an opportunity to work directly onto glass, using MTN Water Based Spray Paint 300 - a high quality, low odour pigment. The installations pieces were also accompanied by a smaller ‘print’ version of fifteen hand-sprayed individual A2 artworks.

In addition, a special 'Let Us [S]pray' artwork series was created, alongside a larger single angel installation in London, and a subsequent private commission for a client in Rotterdam.

This project was commissioned and hosted by

With thanks to
Vanessa Collen, Morgan Richards and all the staff at Collen & Clare
Jo Flunder - The Southwold Museum
The Reverend Simon Pitcher

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Seraph Series


GLORIA
Acrylic, graffiti marker, spraypaint on canvas.
122 x 244cm.
£1,100


FLY ON
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas.
14inches x 18inches.
£120

MY SWEET ANGEL
Acrylic and spraypaint on canvas.
14inches x 18inches.
£120

All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

36 VIEWS OF PENTIRE

A street art commission in Newquay, Cornwall created by artist James Straffon

Extending out across the Pentire headland in Newquay, 36 Views of Pentire is a contemporary reappropriation of the iconic Under the Wave off Kanagawa, from the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji landscape print series (1830 to 1832) created by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai (1760–1849).

This project was a special commission through Redhouse Originals.

A street art commission in Newquay, Cornwall created by artist James Straffon

A street art commission in Newquay, Cornwall created by artist James Straffon

A street art commission in Newquay, Cornwall created by artist James Straffon


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Urban and Street Art

















James Straffon has created urban and street art installations from London, across the UK and mainland Europe. He has expanded this approach into specially commissioned pieces ranging from works on canvas to site-specific projects on, both interior and exterior.

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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.