A splash of Mexican colour brightens Metro station

Artist Bayrol Jimenez with his work at North Shields Metro station. Picture by Craig Lent.
Artist Bayrol Jimenez with his work at North Shields Metro station. Picture by Craig Lent.

A splash of Mexican colour has arrived at a Metro station.

Artist Bayrol Jimenez has created ‘El Patio de mi casa’ – which translates as ‘My House’s Backyard’ – at North Shields Metro Station as part of the ¡Vamos! 2015 festival.

We’re delighted to be part of the ¡Vamos! festival

Emma Brough, customer services director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear

The artwork, funded by Nexus, DB Regio, North Tyneside Council and the Arts Council, focuses on an ink-drawing style reminiscent of comic-strip panels on a huge scale and took five days to complete.

Jimenez, from Oaxaca, Mexico, said: “The commission led me to create a link between here and the Mexican public space. I used the aesthetics of the popular painters called ‘rótulistas’ – who create cartoonish paintings on the walls of small shops.”

Emma Brough, customer services director at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the ¡Vamos! festival, and proud a well-known artist has chosen the Metro system for his UK premiere.”

“Bayrol’s vibrant work will give North Shields Metro station a unique look and we’re excited to see what passengers think of the new addition to their station.”

Huw Lewis, head of communications at Nexus, said: “The Metro system is an icon of the north east’s visual landscape and part of that is thanks to the way we use a range of unique spaces to host and display artwork.

“This colourful but complex piece adds to the diverse collection of art which can be found on the Metro system and we’re pleased to have the opportunity to see the product of Bayrol’s talent at North Shields.”

For more information about ¡Vamos! 2015 visit www.vamosfestival.com