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Art in The Time Of Corona

The coronavirus (Covid) pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our lives in some way, shape or form. Unsurprisingly, Covid art has taken off during lock-down as artists capture this unprecedented period in history. Undoubtedly, the effects of Covid will be felt for years if not decades to come. It is likely artists will continue to be inspired by the virus itself as well as its far-reaching consequences.

Tributes to healthcare workers and the NHS

The role of healthcare workers has inspired many artists. In the UK, there have been many artworks celebrating the NHS. For example, artist Nathan Wyburn created this collage made of pictures of over 200 NHS workers. He pieced together all the photos to make the image of one health worker wearing a mask. Nathan created this incredible piece of Covid art after the first clap for careers took place in March 2020.  Nathan also created a portrait of Capt. Tom Moore, who raised an incredible sum of money for the NHS.

Of course, as a Bristol-based gallery, it would be terribly remiss of us not to mention Banksy. The Bristolian is arguably the worlds most famous graffiti artist. His artwork “Game Changer” is a homage to the NHS and nurses everywhere. The covid inspired artwork appeared suddenly last May at Southampton University Hospital as a thank you to its staff during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘Game Changer’ shows a little boy playing with superhero toys. He ignores the Batman and Spiderman dolls and chooses to play with a masked nurse in the Red Cross uniform. It was recently auctioned by Christie’s, selling for £14.4million. Banksy donated this to support health organisations and charities across the UK that enhance the care and treatment provided by the NHS. 

Facemasks and Covid Art

Many artists, including Banksy, have featured the use of face masks in their artwork. For instance, several of Banksy’s pieces have recently appeared on the London Underground encouraging the use of face masks. The artist posted a video called “If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get” on his Instagram account showing him spraying his famous stencil rats in pandemic-inspired poses and wearing face masks.

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