An early morning stumble along the popular street art spots in Camden revealed a blue canvas that had been freshly painted.
The previous day it was sporting this handiwork by artist This is Opium (you see what I did there?)
Artist Pang had been commissioned to paint as part of a campaign for The British Red Cross which was to document a particular family’s escape from war-torn Syria.
Pang had two days to complete the work which was to feature Syrian refugee Ayman Hirh – who had sought sanctuary in the UK with his family.
The artist explained that she had to portray a refugee called Ayman who had come to this country with his wife and twin sons in 2012.
Pang had already come prepared with her own sketch of the refugee and had to transfer it onto the wall in her own style.
The artist first began by producing an outline of the head and then built it up from there.
Leaving her too it for a few hours I returned before the sun had set and the biting temperatures had taken too much of a toll! (Must be time for a cuppa!)
I painted a portrait of Syrian refugee Ayman, who was granted asylum here in the UK in 2012. This piece is part of a British Red Cross campaign to highlight the journey of refugees and to continue to raise awareness. I was honoured to take part and to be asked to paint Ayman’s portrait, and he was generous enough to share aspects of his story inside the mural, which he hand wrote.” – Pang
Set amongst the high callibre of street art already adorning this lane and a worthy addition from Pang.
The artist continued painting throughout the day adding more detail to the face and hair accordingly.
On the second day further detail was added and the refugee featured, Ayman, also added his own hand-written and thought-provoking message just below.
Pang also had time to decorate this random piece of wood/board which stood next to the piece.