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Hampshire Hogs Designs - Select your artist !

Aug-Sep
2021

Hampshire Hogs is a special art sculpture trail for summer 2021. Around 20 Hog sculptures, beautifully designed and painted by local artists, inspired by Hampshire’s people, places and heritage.

Below are the designs submitted for our Hogs for our sponsors to choose from.

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Brighter Days

Artist: Sian Storey

Sian Storey is an acclaimed artist based in Basingstoke. Specialising in painting, Sian combines the beauty of the natural world with ethereal, vivid colours to portray familiar creatures as you’ve never seen them before.

Sian’s work has featured on the BBC and other national media including The Guardian, Time Out and The Independent, and she’s also been selected to paint at Europe’s largest street art festival, Upfest.

Visit Sian’s website

One of Hampshire’s most commonly-sighted birds, to see a beautiful blue tit bird is said to bring the arrival of a brighter future.

During the long lockdowns, we’ve all reconnected with the nature and wildlife on our doorsteps… looking up and appreciating the simple beauty of blossom trees, garden birds, and blue skies. With a hopeful palette of pinks, yellows and blues, this hog celebrates the natural beauty of our local area, and brighter days ahead

Indulge Your Imagination With Every Possible Flight

Artist: Sian Storey

Sian Storey is an acclaimed artist based in Basingstoke. Specialising in painting, Sian combines the beauty of the natural world with ethereal, vivid colours to portray familiar creatures as you’ve never seen them before.

Sian’s work has featured on the BBC and other national media including The Guardian, Time Out and The Independent, and she’s also been selected to paint at Europe’s largest street art festival, Upfest.

Visit Sian’s website

Named after a quote from Basingstoke’s most famous daughter, Jane Austen, this hog celebrates the freedom of imagination. Imagination and creativity have been so powerful over the past year, as we’ve all sought escapism during testing times.

Sian Storey’s sought-after hummingbird paintings hang in homes across Hampshire, so this hog is sure to attract passionate art lovers from across the county.

Serendipity

Artist: Sian Storey

Sian Storey is an acclaimed artist based in Basingstoke. Specialising in painting, Sian combines the beauty of the natural world with ethereal, vivid colours to portray familiar creatures as you’ve never seen them before.

Sian’s work has featured on the BBC and other national media including The Guardian, Time Out and The Independent, and she’s also been selected to paint at Europe’s largest street art festival, Upfest.

Visit Sian’s website

An unexpected, beautiful discovery, this hog will provide passers by with a moment of peace this summer.

Lose yourself in the blissful blues and calming pinks, as koi fish swim in a trickling stream – a nod to Hampshire’s calming waterways.

If this hog looks familiar, that’s because he’s a cousin of Sian Storey’s koi mural in Festival Place, which was painted to provide shoppers with a moment of calm. A fun connection for Basingstoke’s residents to discover.

Heritage Hog -- This design is not available for selection

Artist: Students of BCOT

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to take part in a unique project that will enable them to create artwork for their local community. They will be researching our local area to create the design for our Hog alongside developing their artistic techniques, team working and project management skills. We are all thrilled to be involved and have the opportunity to work alongside other talented artists to the benefit of our local community and it’s not every day an art student can go to a university interview and talk about painting a life-sized Hampshire Hog!” 

Rebecca Starkiss, Course Director of Art & Design at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT)

View from my window

Artist: Louise Hight

Louise is working artist and full time art teacher. She works in many media including painting, wire, mosaic, and fabric but specialise in painting animals and wildlife. Most of her work is producing pet portraits but she has delivered art projects to local communities.

The view from Louise’s studio showcases so many wonderful birds and this year they have brought the winter trees to life with their colour and song.

A Hog Lot of Basingstoke Sport

Artist: Andrew Denton

Andrew has been a happy local and resident of Basingstoke for many years. He currently works in a school and always worked helping people of Hampshire.  He studied Art And Design at BCOT and also has a degree in animation. He loves exploring movement and story telling . His work has  featured at ‘That Gallery’ in Basingstoke. I mainly paint in Acrylic and ink.

With over 130 years of history, success and the sense of community spirit passed down across generations. Several clubs badges from different sports feature St Michael who is named after our church in the town center.  The dates next to each sport is when the clubs where founded.  A big shout out to all sport clubs in Basingstoke and Hampshire.

You will notice Hampshire Hog is a fan of Basingstoke FC wearing the teams colours and scarf. Come on you Dragons!

Bumble Pig

Artist: Allison Allan

Allison is inspired by extremes: young/happy: old/broken; balck/white; bright/colourful. These themes are reflected in much of her work from expressionistic oils to evocative black and white work in both ink and oil, exploring deeper more meaningful and thought provoking subjects. 

Louise’s work often reflects an inner conflict of wnating to capture every tiny detail in a drawing or throing caution to the windand painting fast and furiously to capture the spirit.

Louise’s favourite colour is yello! It is the clour of sunshineand joy. She wanted her hoglet to be eye-catching from a distance. The importance of bees to our environment is something that I want everybody to be aware of and to inspire them to nurture and protect all bees. She created a large striped ‘Bumble-Pig’ using lots of tiny bumblebees and flowers and the earth as eyes, and turned his ears into Arum Lillies!

Hope the Phoenix Hog

Artist: Caroline Fairbairn

Caroline is an illustrator artists living and working in Hampshire. After achieving a degree from  Central Martins College she went on to be a model and mould maker as well as teach Ceramics at Ripley Arts Centre, Bromley. Caroline now works digitally and with more traditional media illustrating books for children and young adults. She has worked on large scale art projects and commissions including portraiture and public art trails.

The inspiration for the design came from what a difficult year we have all had and what better way to symbolise hope than a Phoenix driving from Greek mythology the Phoenix would die in a burst of flame only to be reborn from the ashes. The rainbow palette was chosen to symbolise the rainbow colours of the NHS  and all those that have carried us through difficult times.

Tommy the Hog

Artist: Catherine Knighton

I have lived, attended school and worked in Hampshire (mainly Basingstoke) most of my life so am an advocate for our County, and in particular Basingstoke, being a great place to live. Being an expectant mother, I am also looking forward to raising a family of my own in Basingstoke very soon.

I am not a trained or practising artist, in fact I spend my 9-5 managing local government projects, but I love the opportunity to be creative and was very excited to take part in this fun and vibrant trail celebrating our local history, culture and community.

Tommy the Hog is a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Thomas Burberry, a former draper’s apprentice, who in his early 20s founded the Burberry brand by opening his own store ‘T. Burberry and Sons’ in Basingstoke in 1856.

Fashioning a version of Burberry’s iconic trench coat, Tommy is also a nod to the wonderful countryside on offer in Hampshire.

Hampshire is full of innovation and creativity, so as well as encouraging us to get out more and enjoy Hampshire’s beautiful countryside, hopefully ‘Tommy the Hog’ will inspire some of Hampshire’s own to believe in their entrepreneurial spirit.

Spitfire Hog

Artist: Catherine Knighton

I have lived, attended school and worked in Hampshire (mainly Basingstoke) most of my life so am an advocate for our County, and in particular Basingstoke, being a great place to live. Being an expectant mother, I am also looking forward to raising a family of my own in Basingstoke very soon.

I am not a trained or practising artist, in fact I spend my 9-5 managing local government projects, but I love the opportunity to be creative and was very excited to take part in this fun and vibrant trail celebrating our local history, culture and community.

Spitfire Hog is a playful tribute to the Spitfire plane, which took it’s first production flight, from Eastleigh, Hampshire on 15th May 1938.

Spitfire Hog and his little piggy passengers are joining this celebratory trail to symbolise the easing of the COVID 19 pandemic and the lifting of restrictions, just as the spitfire plane became a symbol of freedom during the summer months of 1940.

Although not on the scale of the post war festivities, the post pandemic landscape will certainly be one for celebration and reflection as well as enjoying time with family and friends.

Pigs Really Can Fly

Artist: Corrine Marsh - artWell

At artWell we believe that everyone is creative. Your vision is to raise mental wellbeing across the whole community and the importance that creative and cultural experiences can have in promoting rich, vibrant and thriving societies.

We offer opportunities for people to come together and enjoy practical creative activities. With a particular
interest in working with people who ordinarily do not engage in creative activities, or who may have experienced multiple challenges that impact on their inclusion.

The expression ‘and pigs might fly’ perhaps suggests a sense of disbelief. Believing in recovery was a remote idea for members of the This Is My Space project run by artWell.

Yet coming together, taking part in creative activities, sharing experiences and rediscovering play has improved wellbeing, recovery and potential for everyone on the project. They now want to share an optimistic message of hope and possibility.
Air based images of clouds, wings and bubbles provide the colours and evoke ideas of lift, elevation and
defy expectations that Pigs Really Can fly.

Peanut the Hog - Unroasted with an appetite for living

Artist: Jo South

Jo is a self taught artist, and live in the small but vibrant and beautiful village of Overton,
Hampshire.

Her style is mainly pen and ink with watercolour and subjects are typically architectural
and landscape, with pictures that tell a story, encapsulate happy times and memories. They often include pubs and cafes! My prints are stocked in Germany and the UK, and are bought internationally, with
commissioned paintings hanging on walls around the world.

My paintings have been selected for the National Trust’s ‘Mottisfont’ Open Art Exhibition twice, and featured in Liberty of London’s The Liberty Book 2020

As hogs are traditionally bred for food, Jo wanted to portray my hog as free, content and happily living in the open countryside. surrounded by nature. Hampshire countryside is particularly beautiful, especially where she lives in Overton, so Jo wanted to paint this image on ‘Peanut’ and show the blue skies, rolling hills, wild flowers and insects. And who doesn’t like a bit of bunting!

Ginevieve Gin Pig

Artist: Katy Stevens

Katy has worked worked as a graphic designer for many years and is a confident and creative artist. Running ‘Doodles’ a community based art gallery for the last decade, she is now focussing on artwork and continue teaching art to enthusiastic adults in my weekly art classes.

Katy paints mainly with acrylics creating stunning compositions that use vivid colours, and a rich
tapestry of textures and finishes to create a distinctive and magical style. 

‘Ginevieve Gin Pig’ is inspired by Hampshire’s world famous gin distillery. She will take the form of a traditional copper still with temperature dials and rivets and will be painted in the shiniest metallic copper with gold and copper leaf accents. She is then adorned with an abundance of painted botanicals all used in the process of making amazing artisan gins.

Sea Sweetie

Artist: Katy Stevens

Katy has worked worked as a graphic designer for many years and is a confident and creative artist. Running ‘Doodles’ a community based art gallery for the last decade, she is now focussing on artwork and continue teaching art to enthusiastic adults in my weekly art classes.

Katy paints mainly with acrylics creating stunning compositions that use vivid colours, and a rich
tapestry of textures and finishes to create a distinctive and magical style. 

‘Sea Sweetie’ is inspired by the enchanting children’s book ‘The Water Babies’, by Charles Kingsley who lived in Eversley, Hampshire. Chimney sweep Tom escapes from a life of grime to a magical underwater world discovering a colony of little water babies and a world of love, joy and abundance.

He becomes obsessed with sea sweeties thinking of nothing else day or night. Unable to resist, he seeks out the cache, devouring every last one! The following day, Tom discovers that he is covered with thorns. He loses all enjoyment from the sweeties and his prickles keep everyone away.

Nature

Artist: Clara Cox

Drawing and painting has always been a part of Clara’s life, she studied art and acrylic is her preferred medium.

She started specialising in realistic portraits painted on stones @Clara’s Art a few years ago, all free hand, painted with perfect accuracy.

It all started when Clara took part in Basingstones, at the time when her girl was starting school, finding a painted stone on her way to and from school was something fun for her and little did I know, now, some of my painted stones are all over the world.

Hampshire is a county that full of natural beauties, it perfect blend city, coast, unforgettable scenery and diverse wildlife. You can find many historic buildings, church, castles, and cathedral.

This “Nature” was created with those Hampshire beauties in mind, colourful field, maze, and the sea, if you look closely, you will find a castle in distance. Can you guess which castle it is? On the other side she has created an image including some of the wildlife commonly spotted in many of the woodland around Hampshire and one that’s not so common.

Novel by Jane

Artist: Clara Cox

Drawing and painting has always been a part of Clara’s life, she studied art and acrylic is her preferred medium.

She started specialising in realistic portraits painted on stones @Clara’s Art a few years ago, all free hand, painted with perfect accuracy.

It all started when Clara took part in Basingstones, at the time when her girl was starting school, finding a painted stone on her way to and from school was something fun for her and little did I know, now, some of my painted stones are all over the world.

Who is the most famous novelist in Hampshire? Jane Austen has inspired many critical essays and literary anthologies. Her novels have inspired many films, TV dramas. This “Novel by Jane” was inspired from her novel Pride and Prejudice.

I hope the simplistic images of the iconic TV and Movie adaptations will be recognisable to those who walking past.

We are all part of something BIGGER

Artist: Fatima Pantoja Fernandez

Fatima is a freelance artist and educator in Hampshire. Since finishing her fine art degree in Spain she has worked on numerous projects as well as teaching. I was honoured to be a semi-finalists in the Sky Portrait Artists of the Year in 2019!

Fatima loves challenging herself with different techniques and subjects and is always learning something new, her work goes from illustrations with colour pencils to sculpture or digital art.

This design is inspired by the colours I see on my walks around this gorgeous area.

Fatima believes all living creatures have to live in harmony, we need to respect our environment, treat it with love, make it possible for future generations to enjoy. So far we are the ones not committing to our part. The design illustrates that reflections and the willingness of changing in people’s mind.

Beauty within Watership Down

Artist: Joanne Morse

Joanne is a mum of two from Basingstoke. She has had a passion for art since a young child. She loves nature, wildlife and all the magic it brings. Being outside and taking in the beauty that surrounds us is a huge inspiration for her art. It is her happy place.

Joanne’s love for Watership Down has inspired this piece of art. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful, mesmerising place like the downs within our heritage. Watership Down is not only full of nature and wildlife but also has some heavenly views. We should cherish the outstanding beauty of the Downs. Day or night, Watership Down is a place of serenity and peace. It is a truly breathtaking place.

Sylvia

Artist: Jillian Smith

Jillian is a local artist based at Overton.  She graduated from Portsmouth College of Art and then worked as a graphic designer for many years.  Now she paints and occasionally teaches, mostly in watercolours and acrylics.

She has exhibited in Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton Town Hall, The Mall Galleries as well as the Best of Hampshire Artists at Romsey. She was also in the finals of TV’s Channel 4’s ‘Watercolour Challenge’ some years ago.

Her hobby has been designing and painting scenery and she is always inspired by the ever-changing face of nature.

At the time of designing SYLVIA, Spring is heralding new life in the countryside and I have tried to convey this in my design. Looking to nature gives new hope to the future.  Birds are nesting, ladybirds, bugs and bees can be seen and even the odd butterfly.  SYLVIA is cloaked in dark green ivy to highlight the wildlife on her.  I would like this creation to give interest to children and adults alike, all year round, as it shows some of our wonderful local nature

The Elves of War Memorial Park

Artist: Liam Kellher

Liam is a freelance illustrator and art tutor living and working in Basingstoke. He has worked on comics , storyboards for film, tv and the music industry, album covers, public works and murals exhibiting widely.

One of his biggest passions is helping others find their artistic voices. A lover of storytelling, he tries to tell stories through his artwork that speaks to people by telling familiar stories in fun and lively ways.

Inspired by daily lockdown walks through War Memorial Park , Liam noticed numerous elf doors at the base of trees through the park. This reall captured my imagination and as winter turned to spring and the daffodils began to sprout I imagined lots of elves living and playing in the park. The style of the design draws from clasic Disney animation, with contoured fugures against a softer background.

Down and Town

Artist: Samantha Emmons

Samantha is a multi-skilled artist who teaches alongside her passion; to create beautiful paintings full of colour, surface and depth. Born and based in Hampshire, she graduated with a first-class hons’ degree in Art and Design and went on to achieve a master’s degree in Fine Art Painting.

The surfaces I create explore the relationship between nature and painting. They capture fluidity, transparency, reflection, tactility, organic and ephemeral qualities, evoking the metamorphosis of life. I am always inspired by the world around me experimenting with a plethora of materials to capture this.

The Iconic Hampshire Downs and Towns have inspired this design. The breath-taking views of the tranquil Hampshire countryside and its bustling picturesque market towns make it a unique place to be. Growing up visiting the downs and the many explorations through its towns and villages have always inspired my work. Preservation of this special area with its well-known Watership down rabbits, Hampshire hares and the array of rare butterflies and flora species are celebrated in this design. Here capturing the beauty, colour, vibrancy, and life our area supports.

Canal Magic

Artist: Samantha Emmons

Samantha is a multi-skilled artist who teaches alongside her passion; to create beautiful paintings full of colour, surface and depth. Born and based in Hampshire, she graduated with a first-class hons’ degree in Art and Design and went on to achieve a master’s degree in Fine Art Painting.

The surfaces I create explore the relationship between nature and painting. They capture fluidity, transparency, reflection, tactility, organic and ephemeral qualities, evoking the metamorphosis of life. I am always inspired by the world around me experimenting with a plethora of materials to capture this.

The Basingstoke Canal has such a strong history for this area, and it is now a unique habitat for a variety of species of flora and fauna. It is a beautiful stretch of water with tow paths and parks winding its way through the unique landscape of Hampshire and Surrey which I have often walked. Inspired by the visiting narrowboats and the notable wildlife habitat I have celebrated the magic that the canal brings with its variety of plants, species of dragonfly and damselfly along with the rare bats that are housed in the now unusable Greywell Tunnel.

DiVyne Historical Pig (or Patchwork Pig)

Artist: Mary Chatburn

Mary believes variety is the spice of life and have learnt or self-taught skills in Cartography, Graphic Art and Design, textile design, weaving, felting, painting commissions, prop making, antique restoration, running an Art Gallery and workshops, curating art exhibitions and as a Primary School TA. For the past 10 years she has worked  at The Vyne in the house team and as a Creative Design Contractor. 

Mary’s design inspiration is The Vyne, a National Trust property in Sherborne St John. Its rich history of over 500 years has connections to many people including Henry VIII and Jane Austen.  Some of the stories to be told via its unique collection are captured in this patchwork of varied elements from in and around the house including 16th century stained glass windows and Flemish tiles from the Chapel. The Vyne ring, lattimo plates and terracotta roundel also feature, plus decorative elements of furniture, china, Soho tapestries, ceilings and roof tiles – acknowledging the amazing roof project completed in 2018.

Daisy

Artist: Traci Moss

Traci Moss is an artist who creates delightful sculptures, paintings and mixed media pieces. Her art encourages you to stop and smile and to enjoy the heathy dose of happiness that she puts into all her work.

Her paintings and sculptures are inspired by, and infused with, a perfect mixture of realness and make-believe, along with tactility, relatable shapes, and a cheerful colour palette. 

It has been such a difficult year for us all. But finally there seems to be hope ahead. A chance for us to walk in the open air again and to enjoy the beauty of all the simple little things that we may have missed when in lockdown. A design of happy smiling daisies on a gorgeous blue background.

Polychrome Piggy

Artist: Traci Moss

Traci Moss is an artist who creates delightful sculptures, paintings and mixed media pieces. Her art encourages you to stop and smile and to enjoy the heathy dose of happiness that she puts into all her work.

Her paintings and sculptures are inspired by, and infused with, a perfect mixture of realness and make-believe, along with tactility, relatable shapes, and a cheerful colour palette. 

A shiny gold pig with multicoloured hair. A celebration of all the individuals that contribute to the community. Each little hair is full of joy, love and precious  memories. A reminder that it takes all sorts to create community spirit and togetherness.

Metallic gold with vibrant colours, including neons and glitter highlights.

The Optimistic Pig

Artist: Traci Moss

Traci Moss is an artist who creates delightful sculptures, paintings and mixed media pieces. Her art encourages you to stop and smile and to enjoy the heathy dose of happiness that she puts into all her work.

Her paintings and sculptures are inspired by, and infused with, a perfect mixture of realness and make-believe, along with tactility, relatable shapes, and a cheerful colour palette. 

Sometimes we need to believe that pigs can fly! We need reminding to look on the bright side of life and to remain optimistic even when life is tough. This design, with its cheerful flock of flying pigs, is a happy celebration of optimism.

Holiday Hog

Artist: Lee Anne Hampson

Lee Anne is Head of Art at Sherfield School and a practicing artist, who normally takes commissions for portraits. She has won several arts awards such as the Commonwealth Foundation Arts and Crafts award and the Big Blueprint and have exhibited across the UK.

She would love to be involved in this inspirational project and would bring her own style to create something that is bright and engaging for people to find around Basingstoke.

As people have been unable to travel far during the last year, I wanted to create a tropical holiday pig, so that people who found her are able to enter into a fantasy world of memories or plans for the future. Bright colours, tropical plants and animals will decorate this pig, with a Hockney themed watery background design

Splashy Pig

Artist: Lee Anne Hampson

Lee Anne is Head of Art at Sherfield School and a practicing artist, who normally takes commissions for portraits. She has won several arts awards such as the Commonwealth Foundation Arts and Crafts award and the Big Blueprint and have exhibited across the UK.

She would love to be involved in this inspirational project and would bring her own style to create something that is bright and engaging for people to find around Basingstoke.

Lee Anne has young children who love the Splash park in Basingstoke during the summer months. Last summer they were unable to use these facilities. However the pure excitement and enjoyment of children playing in water is infectious. I wanted to cover this hog with images of children playing in the splash parks and pool at Eastrop park to celebrate the freedom water has on peoples mental wellbeing. These would be photo realistic images of children playing over a bright blue watery background.

Poppy Pig

Artist: Rachel Davis

Rachel is one of 3 curators of That Gallery in Basingstoke . She paints vibrant uplifting artwork inspire by her walks, travels, seasons and nature, taking a moment to pause and look, and keeping a positive mindset and she keeps her work colourful, fresh and uplifting.

Our outdoor spaces have been a blessing and one of the most beautiful memories of lockdown was the stunning field of poppies in Overton. 

Thomas Burberry

Artist: Teela Sian Blacklaws

Teela is a multi discipline artist with a silversmithing background. In 2010 she graduated with a first class Hon degree in 3D design Metalwork and Jewellery From University Creative Arts. 

Teela enjoys creating large scale acrylic paintings and silver jewellery from my studio in Basingstoke. I have many passions, my current love lies with  animals, bold opulent colours and the majestic beauty of Pre raphaelite portraiture.

Teela’s website

Burberry is a well known fashion brand which originates from Basingstoke. Thomas Burberry opened his first drapers shop in Basingstoke in 1856. I wanted to capture the heritage of Basingstoke by dressing a hampshire hog in a classic Iconic Burberry raincoat. 

Thomas Burberry died in 1926 and is buried in Basingstoke at the Holy Ghost, another historic site.

Hampshire Wildlife

Artist: Teela Sian Blacklaws

Teela is a multi discipline artist with a silversmithing background. In 2010 she graduated with a first class Hon degree in 3D design Metalwork and Jewellery From University Creative Arts. 

Teela enjoys creating large scale acrylic paintings and silver jewellery from my studio in Basingstoke. I have many passions, my current love lies with  animals, bold opulent colours and the majestic beauty of Pre raphaelite portraiture.

Teela’s website

Hampshire wildlife is inspired by the beautiful wildlife we have within Hampshire. We are really lucky in Basingstoke to be surrounded by beautiful countryside full of wonderful animals. This vibrant piece celebrates these wonderful creatures in their natural habitats.  

The Vyne Pig

Artist: Teela Sian Blacklaws

Teela is a multi discipline artist with a silversmithing background. In 2010 she graduated with a first class Hon degree in 3D design Metalwork and Jewellery From University Creative Arts. 

Teela enjoys creating large scale acrylic paintings and silver jewellery from her studio in Basingstoke. She has many passions, my current love lies with  animals, bold opulent colours and the majestic beauty of Pre raphaelite portraiture.

Teela’s website

The Vyne Pig is inspired by The Vyne in Sherborne st John, Basingstoke. The Vyne house dates back to the 17th century and is set within a scenic landscape with beautiful walled gardens full of flowers. The Vyne is a treasure of Basingstoke steeped in heritage and rich history. The house has been visited by the likes of  Henry VIII, Jane Austen and evacuees during the second world war. The Vyne truly is a treasure of Basingstoke that deserves to be celebrated.

Pig in a Wig

Artist: Sue Howe

During lockdowns Sue Howe filled three sketchbook-diaries with daily illustrations and participated in several online creative challenges, this Hampshire Hog trail being the latest.

 

Over the past 15 years many of her pieces have been shown in regional and local shows, and she is one of the community of artists whose work is displayed at ThatGallery, Basingstoke.

Hampshire hogs are a popular international breed. They are black with a white belt and erect ears. The wig worn by this elegant specimen was all the rage in 1700s society. Tie Wigs were adopted by barristers and the style has stayed pretty much the same ever since. By coincidence, there is a common fungus also called a lawyer’s wig. It is buff and shaggy. Its proper name is Coprinus comatus and it appears in autumn around Eastrop Park and Black Dam ponds, hence the mushroom accessories on Mr Pig’s rump, and Hampshire rose in his buttonhole.

Prime Location

Artist: Sue Howe

During lockdowns Sue Howe filled three sketchbook-diaries with daily illustrations and participated in several online creative challenges, this Hampshire Hog trail being the latest.

Over the past 15 years many of her pieces have been shown in regional and local shows, and she is one of the community of artists whose work is displayed at ThatGallery, Basingstoke.

Prime Location shows a piggy-in-the-middle of a typical Hampshire thatched cottage. This picturesque house represents the perfect idea of a rural home surrounded by a picket fence and roses growing over the front door and windows. The red and white Tudor rose is the emblem of Hampshire and adorns the centre of the Round Table of Arthurian legend which hangs in The Great Hall in Winchester. Not only are they rambling across the walls of this cottage, but they are also shown in detail on the front legs of this little piggy!

Rainbow-back Boar

Artist: Wayne Jefferson

Wayne was born in Basingstoke and grew up in a nearby Hampshire village. He studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. He was then Head of Art and Design at Brighton Hill School, Basingstoke and more recently, Head of Art in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University.

Wayne now is a full time artist with expressive landscape oil-paintings inspired by the local Hampshire countryside. See his website.

My proposed design produces a bright rainbow band of tessellated hogs creating a girdling “saddleback” which encircles the body of the sculpture. This represents a symbolic acknowledgement of the extraordinary work of the local Hampshire NHS over the last year as it has wrapped us in its caring and compassionate embrace during the covid 19 pandemic.

The “hogs” are arranged to fit perfectly together and because they alternate in orientation, they can be appreciated equally from both sides of the sculpture.

Our Community

Artist: Laura Fisher

Laura has always had a passion for art and design and decided to launch her own illustration company in 2019. Laura Fisher Illustrations now specialised in top quality homeware, bespoke commissions and creative workshops.

You may recognise Laura’s style from her ‘Sir Captain Tom Moore’ illustration for his wonderful charity which rasied over £8,000.

More about Laura’s work

The inspiration behind Laura’s design is our community. Each portrait celebrates life and Basingstoke’s creative community spirit. As you will see the drawing represents the diverse individuals that make up our community  from creatives, healthcare workers, postmen to children and many more – everyone is valued. 

The past year has helped us all appreciate everybody and their important places in our community. Who can you spot that makes a difference in your community.

Towpath Tess

Artist: Lynne Pugh

Lynne was born and brought up in Hampshire and works as a full time artist running classes. You can see more of her work at www.lynnepugh.co.uk

There are many miles of canal in Hampshire with 32 of them being in the Basingstoke area. Tess loves the many towpaths and she is painted like the bright artwork on the barges.

To make the roses on her back I’ve needed to buy a sign writer’s brush. Blue is such a happy colour for a pig and looks like the sky reflected in the water.

Flora

Artist: Lynne Pugh

Lynne was born and brought up in Hampshire and works as a full time artist running classes. You can see more of her work at www.lynnepugh.co.uk

Flora is a Hamphire Hog. She loves wild flowers of her native county and she is dressed top to toe in them – primrose, buttercup, daisy, orchid, wildrose, poppy, bluebell, campion, Forget-me-Not, cornflower and vetch.

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“We are extremely excited about the chance to support Destination Basingstoke by developing their Hampshire Hogs app experience. Now, perhaps more than ever, we feel it is important as a business to give something back to the local community and for local businesses to stick together and support each other. We’re proud to be a Basingstoke-based business and being a small part of the great work that Destination Basingstoke do to promote and enrich the local area is an immense honour. We’re looking forward to getting our walking boots on and hitting the highways and byways of Basingstoke to do a bit of hog spotting ourselves!”

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“Everyone loved the Sitting With Jane trail, and we have been asked ever since when we will do it again, the time has never been more right for this project, and we believe it can play its part in the recovery after the pandemic, helping local artists, charities and giving anyone a fun activity that won’t get shelved – even if tight local restrictions have to return. After a tough year, we are looking forward to putting on a live event that is at last, immune to corona virus!”

Felicity Edwards of Destination Basingstoke
Destination Basingstoke

“Absolutely Offices are so pleased to support Destination Basingstoke in bringing some colour back to our lives with their latest initiative of Hampshire Hogs. We loved Sitting With Jane, and still have a BookBench outside one of our serviced offices, Grove House. The Hogs are going to be spectacular and we are looking forward to creating a new buzz in town this summer.”

Beryl Huntingdon Managing Director at Absolutely Offices
Destination Basingstoke

“We are pleased to be supporting Destination Basingstoke’s Hampshire Hogs art sculpture trail this summer and would encourage businesses to also get involved by adopting a hog. As well as celebrating the borough’s heritage and giving our talented local artists an exciting opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art, we hope residents of all ages will get out and about and enjoy our beautiful borough by taking part in the trail which will provide a much-needed wellbeing boost as we recover from the pandemic. We are also delighted to support an activity that we hope will bring renewed footfall to our town and in turn provide support for our local businesses.”

Cllr Ken Rhatigan, Leader of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
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