3181. Cheltenham 2019 (34)

This is another outstanding piece from last year’s Cheltenham Paint Festival that I never got to see in its finished state until I visited for this year’s festival. It is a superb Hamlet work by French artist Zabou that I actually saw her working on last year, but haven’t been able to find my work in progress photographs.

Zabou, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
Zabou, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

Zabou is without doubt one of my favourite street artists. Her work is not only technically brilliant but her subjects and the emotional texture she conveys is quite remarkable. I think that this might be my favourite piece by Zabou, I am in love with it and cannot fault it.

Zabou, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
Zabou, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

The blue tones and flowers add some real interest, but it is the relationship between Hamlet (I am making that assumption) and Yorick’s skull that is so intriguing. ‘Alas poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio…’