February 20, 2021 2 min read
For artist and creator, Andrew, the concept of ‘A City By the Sea’ was born from his love for the North and his passion for creativity. The name ‘A City By the Sea’ derives firstly from the proximity of the coast to Newcastle upon Tyne, but is also intended to demonstrate how our coastal towns are themselves city-like. The coastline in the North East holds many qualities that are comparable to a large city. There is an abundance of places to eat and drink, independent shops and shopping centres, theatres and cinemas as well as larger events and even festivals.
The drive behind ‘A City By The Sea’ is twofold, both relating to Andrew’s desire to showcase the beauty of the North East coast and to his addiction to creating and designing. Andrew explains that, as a graphic designer and self-proclaimed ‘dabbler’ in other media, there’s always a creative itch that needs scratching, hence the creation of ‘A City By the Sea’.
Andrew works from home (even pre-pandemic!), which would usually allow him to get out with his laptop and settle down in a local café for an hour or two. As an inhabitant of the beloved Whitley Bay, Andrew naturally gravitates towards the coast, enjoying the wide expanse of sea and sky and the cold North East winds. In between café stops and delivering orders, Andrew is an avid photographer and enjoys takes images of the local area. These photographs often end up being used as inspiration or as reference images for new poster designs and invariably find their way onto Instagram for everyone to enjoy. Andrew intends to expand to produce more poster designs of south of the Tyne, as well as some further north into Northumberland, however, the coast will always remain a prevailing theme – naturally!
The unique dual-identity of Newcastle as both an inland and seaside city is perfectly captured in Andrew’s beautiful posters, invoking memories of those halcyon, sun-saturated days spent at the coast, with toes dug into the sand and an ice-cream in hand! The prints allow fit together and follow a similar colour palette of pale pink, blue, yellow, cream and white. Such colours are undoubtedly comparable to the colours of the sky and sea at different times of day during the summer months. The pinks represent the golden peachy tones of the North East sunset which is just as beautiful every time you see it. The yellow and blue tones could be compared to the sand and sea, or the sun and sky. As all of the prints follow a similar colour scheme they can be placed individually in the home or as a collection all together.
(All images taken from www.acitybythesea.co.uk)
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