Artist and muralist, Ben Cavanagh has
created the most incredible mural at The University of Sussex…and he used
Albany to do it! We got in touch to find out a bit more about Ben’s work and
how he created such an amazing piece of work.
It’s so lovely to meet you Ben, thanks
for tagging us in your latest piece! How long have you been a muralist for?
I've been painting murals on
and off for about 20 years but have been painting them professionally for about
2 decades! What
do you enjoy most about creating murals?
love that I get to paint large scale canvases, in public, for everyone to see.
murals in workspaces or outside on the street lets lots of people see my work
on a daily basis and I like to think that if they are having a bad day, a
bright and colourful mural will brighten their day. I think art can add a
little bit more fun into our lives.
also love painting murals because I get to talk to the people in the buildings
or passers-by while I paint. It's nice to see their reactions.
Definitely! Murals can make such a
difference to people’s spaces, especially if they are in unexpected places! How
long did it take to create your recent piece at the University of Sussex?
initial design ideas and conversations with the client (Sussex sport) to final
drawn designs and tweaks, a few weeks.
It was a long
two days [to
paint the mural], only painting with a brush due to the gym being open but
it was so fun to work on! I tried a few new things with this design but
still snuck a few clouds in there. The design was inspired by the university's
connection to Brighton and some of its historic moments, like The Who
performing there in 1970.
Fantastic news! Do you have any more work we can see?
Shaun the Sheep sculpture was part of the Brighton art trail 2023, to raise
money for the Martlets charity. The paint worked so well on the sculpture. I
plan to work on more sculptures this year and will definitely be using Albany
paint on them.
jungle themed murals were painted with Albany paint and posca paint pens for