Tank Girl and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett is exhibiting nine of his own watercolour paintings in East London this week. The works, which can be seen in this gallery, form part of the Oxfam Climate Change exhibition at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery. It runs until Oct 31st. Oxfam.org.uk.
A trip to Bangladesh with Oxfam to investigate climate change earlier this year formed the inspiration for these paintings. Jamie Hewlett’s diary describes the place as “busy, crazy and chaotic” and “extraordinarily hot and dusty”. Check out his Bangladesh photo blog here.
Bangladesh provided an interesting template for his watercolours. In his diary from the trip he writes: “visually, it’s a very exciting place. It is very colourful. The light’s different over there. The way the light bounces off coloured walls and stuff, it’s much warmer”.
Jamie Hewlett took loads of photographs during his trip to Bangladesh as inspiration for his paintings. He was also taken to see some examples of river erosion and flooding as part of Oxfam’s drive to raise awareness about climate change. Oxfam.org.uk.
Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett spent a week in Bangladesh with Oxfam earlier this year, looking for inspiration for his paintings and investigating climate change. He met a family who lost their son to flooding and another local who was forced to rebuild his home.
While he was out there, Hewlett taught the local kids how to make flick books for basic animation. Expect a Bangladeshi cartoon band to rival Gorillaz in the near future… Oxfam.org.uk.
Jamie tries to convery climate change through his watercolours. “It’s quite difficult to illustrate these issues,” he says. “I had a list of things I wanted to cover but you can’t show it in pictures really. The fact that women find it harder to swim because of their saris and children being washed away in the river – it isn’t easy or appropriate to draw.”
The final watercolour by Jamie Hewlett which is on display at London’s Truman Brewery as part of the Oxfam Cimate Change exhibition until Saturday Oct 31st. For more information on the exhibition, Oxfam and their climate change campaign head here.