Frida's Belgravia In Bloom




Commissioned as part of this year’s ‘Frida’s Belgravia in Bloom’, this window – in a palette of signature Luke Irwin blue, shot through with the pinks, reds and oranges of Mexico – is the product of a collaboration between Luke Irwin and Bristol-based artist, Eleanor Hardiman. Eleanor is a young illustrator whose work was recently shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards. Inspired by the lush vegetation of the Mexican landscape, and featuring an appearance from Frida’s pet spider monkeys, Fulang Chang and Caimito de Guayabal, as well as from the legendary Mexican artist herself, it was painted entirely by hand over the course of two days.

Created over two days and drawn entirely by hand, the design spans the Luke Irwin showroom windows- signature Luke Irwin blue, shot through with the pinks and reds of Mexico – is itself a work of art.

Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2016, Eleanor Hardiman has brought her very unique brand of illustration – creating clean, modern imagery with watercolour – to a wide array of book covers, magazines and journals. She was recently shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2018.

“"Rather than a pastiche of one of Frida Kahlo's paintings we will be look filling our windows with the creatures and lush vegetation of Frida Kahlo's beloved Mexico with a cameo appearance from one or two of her beloved pets."  ”

– Luke Irwin

“"I love that this artwork has a glass canvas and that its gallery is the Pimlico Road. It was important to me when creating this piece that is reflected the love of animals, the lush vistas of the Mexican hills and colourscape of Frida Kahlo's work."  ”

– Eleanor Hardiman





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