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MURAL MAGIC: St Albans Cathedral chooses graffitist as new artist-in-residence

 Published on: 16th May 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A St Albans-based graffiti artist has been chosen as the next artist-in-residence by St Albans Cathedral thanks to his larger-than-life murals around the city.

Ant Steel has been working on his street art for the last seven years, having previously owned an animation studio. When he began to move away from that career, he decided to get into the world of graffiti.

Speaking to St Albans News, Ant said: I really enjoyed graffitiing the inside of my animation studio, so I decided to get more into tactile art. I like the challenge behind it, and I love how messy and temporary it is.”

Ant’s work first gained attention when he created a mural in support of Ukraine last year. He received the call from the cathedral after creating a wall-piece of one of their nesting peregrine falcons for the city’s film festival. Now, he’s their artist-in residence.

Ant said: “There’s around 2,000 to 3,000 bits of scratched graffiti in the cathedral itself, so it’s a big part of their history too.”

Ant will now be creating artwork throughout the year for the cathedral’s big events, culminating in a big exhibition of all his work to be held inside the building next November, something he says he’s “really excited about”.

To see some of Ant’s art, visit his website at www.antsteel.com

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