Artist and printmaker Katrina Russell-Adams is Peckham-based, which is just as well as the area is a continuing source of fascination for her. With a mid-century feel in colour and tone, her wall art – which imbues bold colours and simple shapes – enables the viewer to build their own narrative.

There is a sense of fun around Katrina’s artwork which is striking when scaled-up to a mural. Her designs incorporate bold shapes and colours to create images and moving sculpture; they are seemingly simple choices yet are all carefully thought out. The colours are bright, noticeable and uplifting and inspired by her surroundings. All her limited-edition silkscreen prints are produced using carefully cut paper stencils while her handmade kinetic mobile sculptures are made from brass and wood.

The gigantic wall mural emblazoned on Copeland Park management office’s HQ, which appeared on-site in May 2018, was originally intended to go on a temporary space in a shop window at the Aylsham Centre. Red tape meant the project was abandoned but Copeland Park surprised her by offering a wall 8 times the original mural size – at 20m x 8m – but she relished the challenge.

Katrina has a strong family history; being a sixth-generation Peckhamite, her roots are entwined in SE15. Her ‘Shaping Peckham’ mural is inspired by local landmarks, history, architecture and space; each abstract shape has an SE15 origin. The mural includes the Peckham Lido fountain, Holdrons Department Store, the multi-story carpark stairwell, the library, the coal line, the River Peck, William Blake’s tree and the many arches that can be found near Rye Lane and beyond. She welcomes mural, print and sculpture commissions. Recent collaborations and commissions include Urban Outfitters, Brick Brewery, The Constructors Gallery and the London Beer Shop.

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Studio B4Q,
B4 Studios,
Bussey Building,
133 Rye Lane,
Peckham. SE15 4ST

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