Artist Cooks Up Horse Meat Controversy With London Installation
A piece of art surprised commuters in the capital yesterday as Patrick Thomas, debuted his latest provocative piece, 'Moo', to the public, making more than a subtle nod to the current horse-meat scandal in the UK. The Berlin-based British artist, known for creating powerful messages through the use of iconic images, previewed 'Moo' at Leicester Square where the artwork was aired across the tube station throughout the day.
The piece attracted plenty of attention with many commuters posing next to the displays and tweeting their amusement. However, some remained oblivious as they tucked into their burgers and strolled past the art with their weekly shopping. Artist, Patrick Thomas, who created the piece said "It is the job of an artist to be witness to his time in history and art should have a social function and be an intrinsic part of everyday life. Art can be a powerful weapon and although this print is intentionally humorous; in the context of the horsemeat scandal currently dominating the UK press - it conceals a darker message." You may see and buy Patrick's work at the Affordable Art Fair from 7-10 March at Battersea, London.
Patrick Thomas studied at Saint Martins School of Art and The Royal College of Art in London. In 1991 he relocated to Barcelona where in 1997 he founded Studio laVista. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Barcelona.