Shuby is a UK based studio and street artist. She uses print, collage, paint and photography to create original reinterpretations that revel in absurdity, kitsch and irony. Her cheeky visions are almost dream-like in their technicolor intensity. She works in a wide variety of mediums including paintings, printmaking, ceramics and reworking found objects. Her influences include Josephine Baker, Busby Berkeley, Ellen Gallagher, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Martin Sharp.
Shuby’s street art began in 2007 with work inspired by singer and dancer Josephine Baker, illustrator Martin Sharp, filmmaker Busby Berkeley’s and Andy Warhol’s famous album cover of The Velvet Underground & Nico.
The common motif of the four being the banana. Shuby has pasted her collaged posters in many destinations around the world from busy cities like New York, London, Paris and Sydney to abandoned worlds of Doel, Belgium and Teufelsberg spy station, Berlin. Her banana and bunny motifs have become a naughty but innocent calling card, instantly recognizable and intrinsically humorous.
Following the growing interest in Shuby’s street art, a live-work art residency at Bow Arts Trust in London was offered where she began her studio practice. Since then she has developed a distinctive style with a wide range of varied source material that encompasses found photos to images inspired by the iconography of retro film posters, advertising and pop images.
These are all deconstructed, reworked and punctuated with her evolving motifs. She now has a studio in Hastings where she continues to paint, make print editions and work on commissions.