It is always, always good to see a piece by Hazard, especially when she has only recently returned from a tour of the United States. This is a spot where Jeff Knight, a well-known ‘Big Issue’ seller greets passers-by with a smile and fist pump. Genuinely one of the nicest guys around. I like to stop and chat with him when I get a chance and on this occasion spoke to him about the beautiful piece by Hazard. He told me that she is a friend of his and that he watched her paint this piece. He said, with his Jamaican lilt “I tell Harriet it look just like she.” and he is right, although I have not met her, I have seen pictures of her.
There is so much to like about this piece, particularly the colour shades on each side of the face, but it is not just the artwork, but also the location. This spot has been in need of a decent piece for a while, and with the Carriageworks no longer an option there are fewer and fewer decent pieces going up in the area.
I hope Hazard hangs around long enough to leave us with a few more portraits – she seems to be forever travelling.