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Hugh Baird College art student collaborates with renowned artist

Erika Seroki, who is currently studying Art and Design at Hugh Baird College had the opportunity of working on a large-scale portrait piece to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo, a famed Mexican artist who passed away in 1954. This piece was in collaboration with local abstract impressionist artist Kevin Kelly.

Kevin, whose artworks have attracted interest worldwide, has a studio in central Liverpool, where he and Erika worked on the piece.

Feeling inspired from working on the large-scale artwork, Erika expressed:

“I really enjoyed the collaborative piece with Kevin because it helped me learn how to work quickly and work towards an end goal.”

“I never knew what type of art specialism I wanted to follow after I finished my course at Hugh Baird College, but now through this project, I can see there is a pathway I can take.”

Erika commented on her current time studying Art and Design at Hugh Baird College, saying:

“The support from my tutors has been incredible, especially Alison Morrell, who pushed me out of the art technique boundaries I was used to working with.”

Erika, who is currently applying for university to study Fine Art and Education, also said:

“This is the kind of work I would love to do. I’d like to thank the College and Kevin for giving me this unique opportunity that will definitely help me stand out when applying for university.”

Kevin visited Hugh Baird College to give students an impressionist art masterclass. It was whilst he was at the College that he saw the talents and potential of Erika.

Kevin said:

“I was incredibly impressed with Erika’s work.  I asked her whether she would like to collaborate with me on a piece following the masterclass. Over the past couple of months, we’ve worked together in my studio to produce the piece, and I’m over the moon with it. She has helped bring it to life.”

When asked if he had any advice for aspiring artists, Kevin said:

“If you have got a clear visible talent, which you can see Erika has, you should just go for it. Don’t ever give up.”

“During the masterclass I gave at Hugh Baird College, I told the students to not listen to anyone’s negative words; those words are just their negativity that they are trying to portray onto you. Just believe in yourself and express yourself. Nothing is ever wrong.”