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Gravesend business owner commissions successful street artist to spray paint his wall

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 June 2014

Kayleigh working on the wall. Picture: Facebook

Kayleigh working on the wall. Picture: Facebook

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A man who appreciates street art has commissioned an artist to spray paint the wall of his building.

The wall of The Foot Clinic on Old Road West, Gravesend. Picture: FacebookThe wall of The Foot Clinic on Old Road West, Gravesend. Picture: Facebook

Akbal Randhawa, owner of the Foot Clinic, Gravesend, believes in the importance of sharing art and hopes the wall will “cheer the area up”.

“I have quite a keen interest in street art and art generally,” he explained.

“I go to Shoreditch and Hoxton quite often and see this wonderful stuff on walls, and I thought, you know what, I live in Gravesend and I have to travel all this way to see something artistic on a wall.”

Akbal sourced artist Kayleigh Doughty through a project called “Art under the hood”, which aims to recognise and appreciate street artists and graffiti, and was thrilled when she agreed to work on the wall.

Kayleigh, whose work is currently being exhibited at Graffik Gallery on Portabello Road, said: “[Akbal] was after mainly a bit of street art but then I decided to put some feet into the design.

“It’s not a flat wall it’s kind of a building. I took a lot of the structure into consideration.

“I showed the finished design to Akbal and he was pleased with it. In real life and spray painted it always looks a bit different.

“I am pretty excited to see how it will come out.”

Akbal added: “It’s a beautiful image.

“I’m really hoping it will cheer the area up. It will be great, it will be fun and lively.

“There’s very little public art in Gravesend. I am very fortunate in that I have got the money and I have got the building.

“You should share what you have got and it’s very important to share art, that’s what it’s for, it’s for everyone to appreciate.”

Akbal said that people in the area had been very enthusiastic about the idea.

“We have had so much positive reinforcement. Everyone’s been so positive about the whole project.

“We are going to do the other wall in about a month’s time.”

When the next wall is spray painted it will be a collaborative project between Kayleigh and another street artist.

Akbal is optimistic about what the colourful wall will do for people in the area.

“Street art is part of the GCSE art curriculum so it could be useful for children in the area as well. My son’s starting it next year so it will be good for him,” he said.

To see more pictures of the wall pick up a copy of The Reporter, out on June 12.

For more information about Kayleigh and her work please visit kayleighdoughty.co.uk. To find out more about the “Art under the hood” project visit facebook.com/ArtUnderTheHood.

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