British born artist Hayley Welsh has established herself as one of the most exciting creatives in the street art scene. Following her recent shows in London and New York, her whimsical street art has become fondly recognised for it’s surreal, fluffy, wide-eyed creatures, with darker undertones of the unknown and abyss.
There is something quite fantastical and a little bit dark lurking in Hayley’s work. Utilising various surfaces from walls to found objects as her canvas, she reveals curious creatures, so cute they can’t be trusted. With their ominous softness, Hayley explores inner voices of self doubt and fear, weaving a poignant narrative into every piece - a message for each person to reflect on in the moment.
Hayley’s unique style displays a technical approach, mixed with nostalgia and humour. Surface images that might otherwise seem inviting, have an other-worldly quality that take them places beyond the image in front of us. Her playful aura eludes to a childlike innocence, yet this is juxtaposed with darker undertones of the unknown and abyss.
Quoted by Jetstar Magazine as being one of the ‘Top Ten Street Artists You Should Know By Now’ and creating her whimsical street art internationally, she is renown for her surreal, wide-eyed characters reminding us all to trust love, ignore fear and ‘Listen To Your Little Voice’.
“She weaves a poignant narrative into almost every piece -- a message for each person to reflect on in the moment like “take the leap,” and “dream big.” - The Huffington Post, 2016
“Welsh is young but already an accomplished artist with obvious technical ability and a unique style. Her work can best be compared to Mark Ryden’s, featuring big-eyed creatures that are so cute they can’t be trusted; an ominous softness.” -Ask A New Yorker, 2014
Working as a full time artist for the past 6 years with studios in Perth, Australia and Blackburn, UK, Hayley Welsh travels between the two regularly, travelling home to Blackburn every summer, to spend time with family and create UK based work.
Over the past 6 years Hayley has painted over 40 pieces of street art across the UK, Australia, the US and Europe, taking part if street Art Festivals across the globe. Seeing first hand the positive impact street art can make to public space, Hayley has also developed 'Blackburn Open Walls', a local street arts initiative for her hometown. Over the past 3 years she has continued to curate the project, aimed to regenerate Blackburn’s growing creative economy whilst bringing communities together in creative conversations, in a gift for the town she still calls home.