One of Glasgow’s most celebrated street artists explores his love of the city and discusses how it has shaped his career.
Rogue-One, real name Bobby McNamara, is responsible for many iconic paintings around the city including the shadow puppets at Cowcaddens and the artwork on the side of the Clutha bar by the Clyde .
In the Native promo video, he said: “All sorts of things inspire me. Music, culture, fashion and life. I love the culture that’s in the city between the music and clubbing. The architecture. Quirky wee things that makes you fall in love with it and enjoy it.”
In a project commission by Native Glasgow, the aparthotel within the Anchor Line building, Bobby has created a stunning mural of a women with tinted blue sunglasses.
Painting on the seventh floor, previously the roof of the Anchor Line, Bobby was able to work with plenty of light – and a fantastic view of George Square to boot.
He added: “It’s new to me to be up at a height like this, but when you get on to the rooftops and you look over, you can see all the classic Glasgow.
“Buildings might change on the ground level but up here everything seems to be the way it was. Old chimneys, old tiling, various gargoyles and statues that you don’t see unless you look up.”
Glasgow’s mural culture is something the city has become famous for – from the Glasgow Panda living on Gordon Lane to the fabulous recreation of Billy Connolly.
But it’s not just the remarkable sights… Bobby says the people that live here are as much a part of Glasgow’s cultural fabric as the art and buildings themselves.
“Glasgow people are uniquely funny and happy,” he said. “Anyone who walks away from here will say to their friends and family will say Glasgow, and people from Scotland in general, are so friendly, so welcoming and nice.
“It means so much to me because it is my home. It’s great that it has me as an artist doing murals – I suppose it makes me feel even more a part of the city.”
So – what’s the one tip Bobby would give someone visiting the city for the first time?
“Always look up.”
We think that’s solid advice!
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