Nuart Festival alumni Helen Bur, was the final artist in residence to add to Nuart’s 2021 run of city-wide mural art in Aberdeen, an antidote to the lack of art-related initiatives taking place during the events of the last 17 months. 

Bur was commissioned by Nuart to bring her traditionally-influenced, narratively-poetic style to the walls starting in the last week of July. 

A British-born and currently London-based artist, Bur has made her name in perfecting the mesmerising depth of figurative oil work on canvas, then transferring those techniques to urban settings, using emulsion on a vastly larger scale. 

As for her subjects, Bur chooses to present figures captured in snapshots of their lives – unexplained moments of oddity and curiosity, sometimes unsettling, others farcical – that focus in on the moment, the reaction to it and a sense of mystery without context. 

“After the murals I painted of Alice and Hugo there two years ago were demolished, the team kindly invited me back and I thought it was only right to bring back Ally and Hugo, with their new addition, Ruby-Rae! This painting is a tribute to them, their endless kindness, a homage to gentle power and taking up space with softness and femininity” artist Helen Bur stated.

Bur’s piece can be found on Union Wynd, and stands tall at over 16 meters high, a mammoth final flourish for Nuart Aberdeen Summer 2021. 

Check out below for more photos of the mural.

Photo credits: Clake Joss Photography

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