Alan Walsh is a UK-born poster artist based in Sydney. Coming from a background in both graphic design and fine art, he began his own enterprise, The Custom Canvas Company, in 2010 to showcase his work and provide a vehicle to share the fruits of his travels.
The Travels of Vivienne is Walsh’s first solo show. It’s a series of works depicting the travels of a fictional woman across Europe in the 1930s – an age of glamour, decadence and style depicted in bright colours and graphic stylisation. Paris fashion week, St Tropez in summer and a country club in Cannes are all featured; these posters get to the essence of the location and are a small, colourful yet abstracted glimpse of life for the well heeled.
Despite this, the posters are limited to 150 prints each and are a steal at $100 unframed and $250 framed. The Travels of Vivienne launches tonight (Wednesday October 31) at the CBD hole-in-the-wall Foxhole Small Bar and continues through to January. After leaving the New York-esque speakeasy that is The Foxhole, the exhibition moves to San Francisco Bay, followed by London’s Shoreditch Grind in May.