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Hollis’s mural, Northern Lights building, Cain’s Brewery Village.

The Cain’s Brewery Village has sparked to life over recent years, with a number of creative businesses moving in, and calling the site home. Vintage warehouses, cafés, bars, food markets and artist-led studios have brought a new buzz to an underutilised area in the city.

When Wordscapes first moved into Northern Lights in 2016, the building’s appearance was overshadowed by the beauty of the ‘terracotta palace’ – the site of the former Cain’s Brewery – which sits adjacent. Over the past few months, Northern Lights has undergone a transformation; with a vibrant ‘northern lights inspired’ mural adorning the building’s façade, created by local artist, Jason Hollis.

We caught up with Hollis, whose artwork can be found scattered across the city, adorning the walls of some of Liverpool’s best-loved places and spaces.

“I have a background in graphic design which is where my interest in typography, sign painting and clean style originates from,” says Hollis.

“My artwork emerged from my attraction to the geometric shapes within rocks, crystals and minerals, and the lines that appear throughout my work represent the light refraction embodied within these objects.

“Symmetry also plays a huge role in my work. I find it fascinating that as humans we are extremely captivated by such a thing, and I enjoy challenging this notion by taking the beauty of asymmetrical shapes created by the crystal formations and combining them with paradoxical constructions, while keeping order throughout each piece,” says Hollis.

 You may have noticed Hollis’s work cropping up over Liverpool, in some of the city’s best haunts…

Hollins’s artwork adorns the walls Patterson’s – Liverpool’s speciality ‘chicken and tunes’ diner-cum-bar, which can be found on Gradwell Street in the heart of the Ropewalks area of the city.

A popular vendor in our neighbouring Baltic Market, Little Furnace has added another string to its bow and has set up its stove on Smithdown Road. The sourdough-pizza-specialist commissioned Hollis to create the signage for its new venture.

Another of our neighbours in the Cains Brewery Village got Hollis on board to create the artwork for its shop front. The Vintage Barn, which can be found opposite the Baltic Market sells a range of weird and wonderful home furnishings.

Our resident filmmaker, Allan Melia, documented the mural in action…

In the upcoming weeks, Hollis’s artwork will be on display at Zap Graffiti from 3 March until 19 April 2018. More information about Hollins’s artwork and his upcoming exhibition can be found on his Instragram page: @jsn_hollis

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