Home and Away

Stalwarts of the Cardiff art scene – Colourdoomed and HB returned for one week only to paint in a fantastic location slap bang in the city centre.

Arriving from their current base in Germany – the duo took to a beige rendered wall on Barrack Lane to unleash their latest creation on the city’s walls.

Previous collaborations between the two artists have included work for their own ‘Empty Walls’ Festival along with large pieces on Womanby Street and Gremlin Alley.

Click any image below to see more on their previous work.

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HB and Colour Doomed - Record shop geezersStreet Art-Womanby Street Cardiff

Colour Doomed and HB
Colour Doomed and HB
After manoeuvring the scissor lift into position outside a small row of shops which joins onto the end of the St David’s Shopping centre – the pair began by setting out the framework for the whole piece.

Day two in cardiff collaborating with @waspelder #wip #muralism #paintingwalls #tohaveahome #hb #helenbur

A post shared by Hb – (Helen Bur) (@abcdefghelens) on

Painting began by filling in the elderly character’s head and red cap before working down his stripey top and painting in all those detailed stripes.

Colour Doomed and HB
Colour Doomed and HBColour Doomed and HB
Next a miniature wooden house was filled in and further detail added throughout the whole piece.

Colour Doomed and HB
Colour Doomed and HB

Day two in cardiff. #stripeymadness #wip #paintingwalls #hb #waspelder

A post shared by Hb – (Helen Bur) (@abcdefghelens) on

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Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Colour Doomed and HB

Next the elderly man was completed with his stripey top being filled in along with his beard and spectacles painted too – all topped off with a warm red hat.

A very colourful background was then added which totally took the piece to another level.

Colour Doomed and HB
Colour Doomed and HB
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
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And so as the finishing touches were made to that incredible background both artists posted their completed work on Instagram and titled it ‘Home’

Home. Cardiff Collab with @abcdefghelens #home

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The previously vacant 12m x 10m wall above the Italian cafe Bramina was now totally transformed to help raise the awareness of homelessness here in Cardiff and around Wales.

Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colour Doomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed

The artwork was commissioned by a local housing and care organisation, Linc Cymru, who wanted to improve the area’s local feel and also help raise awareness of homelessness.

Whilst all around a bigger and bigger concrete jungle reaches forever higher the issue of Wales’ homeless hasn’t gone away.

Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed

The last thing to do was for each artist to sign the work with HB and Wasp Elder being used here.
Can you both come back real soon and paint the whole city!? 🙂

Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and ColourdoomedHome by HB and Colourdoomed
Home by HB and Colour Doomed

A big thank you to photographers Neil Patterson and Barry Diamond for allowing their images to be used here.

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