Zhongshan North Road Mural Project

In Situ with me 2

My finished piece!

This painting is a commissioned piece that I was very fortunate to get through my good friends at the RedRoom in Taipei City, Taiwan. It is part of a 12 artpiece Mural project that has been installed in a newly built Apartment building on Zhongshan North Road in Taipei City. The brief for the project was to highlight the role of Zhongshan North Road in the history of Taipei City and to include the image of the Taiwan magpie into the piece. We all had to create proposals along these themes and submit sketches showing roughly how the idea would be represented. I was very excited about this project as I really wanted to work on a bigger scale and have always felt a special connection to Zhongshan North Road due to a skatepark being there when I first came to Taiwan in 2001. I originally proposed three different ideas and 6 different sketches because the project really got me thinking and excited and I really wanted to be a part of it. Luckily, one of my ideas was chosen to be part of the project and I was delighted!

The scale of the piece is a total of 196 x 196cm, made up of 4 canvases each 98 x 98 cm.

My idea for this piece was to show a streetscene with the actual Ju Lang Apartment Building in the foreground viewed from an elevated viewpoint. I wanted to create a time-lapse style effect of the passing vehicle lights to suggest the passing of time and to reference how the new Ju Lang Apartment Building is adding a future chapter to the long history of Zhongshan North Road. With the elevated viewpoint I was able to include some of the famous nearby landmarks and also the Keelung and Tamshui Rivers which were historically the main trade route into the city. I also included the Grand Hotel and Yang Ming Mountain range and tried to show a soft dusky sky over the city. It was definitely a challenge to work on such a large scale and within quite a tight timeframe, but it was also an incredibly enjoyable time and project that I feel very proud and honoured to have been a part of.

Thank you to everyone at the RedRoom for this opportunity! We have all created a very varied, interesting and high quality project!

Here is a link to the RedRoom page about the project where you can see all the artworks and a short video.

http://redroomtaipei.com/zhongshan-mural-project-april-2018/

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Late Afternoon over Santa Theresa

Late Afternoon over Santa Theresa, San Jose, California, 27 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 14:July:17, by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 14/7/18

Sunset over San Jose, 11/7/17

Sunset over San Jose, California, 11:July:17, 27 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 2017

Sunset over San Jose, 6/7/17

Sunset over San Jose, California, 6:July:17, 27 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 2017

Sunset over San Jose 1, 28/6/17

Sunset over San Jose, California, 28:June:17, 1, 27 x 19.5cm, Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 28:6:17, by David Lloyd

Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 2017 

Misty Morning, Sun Moon Lake

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Acrylic on Black Paper, 20.5 x 14.5 cm, 17/12/16

My wife and I woke up early to see the sunrise on the lake on this day, as you can see, there wasn’t one! It was a very cold and misty morning and the fog cut down the visibility so much that we couldn’t see across the lake. What we could see still looked very beautiful as the fog gave it a mysterious feeling, making the mountains appear and disappear into the mist. You can see a fishing platform with a small hut and a winch in the water, there are many of these platforms around this beautiful lake.

Misty Morning, Rock Islands

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Oil Pastel on Brown Paper, 27 x 19.5 cm, 11th November 2016

This drawing was done one misty morning as the tide was low revealing more of the rocks and shadows at the base of the islands. The darker colours of the seabed were showing through the shallow sections of water disrupting the skies reflections as the sun tried to brighten up the day. The mountains in the background would disappear from sight as passing rainstorms enveloped them, re-appearing again once the storms had dropped off their load.