Shuby

Shuby uses print, collage, paint and photography to create original images that revel in absurdity, kitsch and irony. Her inspiration often comes from chance finds in charity shops, which are then humorously altered with motifs such as bunnies and bananas; the end results cheerfully subverting portraits and images both public and anonymous. The resulting juxtapositions are quixotic, skewed dreams rendered in technicolour. Shuby also combines found objects to create  time capsules, sealed collisions between pop and domestic nostalgia. Her influences include Josephine Baker, Busby Berkeley, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi,  Joe Tilson, Ellen Gallagher, John Stezaker, Retro advertising, Car Boot Sales and The Carnivalesque.

Shuby has made a large amount of street art mainly in the form of paste ups. An early poster featured a lady holding a big banana, inspired by the 1943 Busby Berkeley musical by ‘The Gang’s All Here’, in which rows of ladies wave comedy bananas in the air. Since then Shuby has used the banana motif throughout her studio work and on the street, and it has become a naughty but innocent calling card-  instantly recognizable and intrinsically humorous.