"I've known Andy for two years now and I had no idea that Andy Evans is Pro Pig. The film was incredible – so moving – and I was quite emotional watching it. I’m really impressed he kept the secret. He embodies Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and I’m very, very proud to be Staffs.”
Students' Union President Bal Deol
The identity of a graffiti artist who has made Stoke-on-Trent his canvas over three years was revealed this week at the premiere of a film about his work.
Professor Pigment, or Pro Pig, has made it his mission to shout about the Stoke-on-Trent area and his beloved Stoke City Football Club through a series of spray-painted images which depict the City’s heroes and which have appeared on sites throughout North Staffordshire.
Last week Pro Pig launched an art trail of his work leading from Entrepreneurs in the City Centre to gallery One One Six in Stoke town centre. The premiere of Trail and Error: The Movie took place on Monday at the Film Theatre at Staffordshire University.
As a finale to the event, Pro Pig addressed the audience in a special message in which he shed his anonymity and revealed that he was Andy Evans, a 21-year-old Staffordshire University BA (Hons) Graphic Design student.
He thanked his followers and announced that he’d done his last work as Pro Pig and that he hoped to take his art nationally and internationally working under the new name Doddz which stands for Defy the Odds.
Students' Union President Bal Deol who was in the audience said: “I cannot believe it. I’ve known Andy for two years now and I had no idea that Andy Evans is Pro Pig. The film was incredible – so moving – and I was quite emotional watching it. I’m really impressed he kept the secret. He embodies Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and I’m very, very proud to be Staffs.”
The premiere was attended by an audience which included some of the subjects of his graffiti art including former Stoke City Football Club manager Lou Macari, former SCFC mascot and lifelong fan Neil Baldwin, aka Nello, and the family of Jordan Blundred – the local teenager who died of a heart attack while on holiday in Turkey.
Pro Pig also had a gift for Nello, having captured Neil Baldwin AFC, on canvas in his distinctive graffiti style.
Staffordshire University Head of Visual Arts Mark Garner, who performed the welcome on the night, said: “This evening is the culmination of a lifetime’s dreams, experiences and passion for a city, its people, places and community spirit and soul. This evening could not have happened without the people of Stoke-on-Trent, the dedication of one individual and the strength and belief of a city with one purpose – to seize opportunity and ultimately their dreams.”
Trail and Error: The Movie, was made by Inspired Film and Video, a company formed by Staffordshire University graduates over 10 years ago. It is now showing in Staffordshire University’s Henrion Gallery, College Road until Saturday June 18.
The final year work of graphic design student Andy Evans can be viewed as part of the annual art and design show, Show and Tell, which is opens to the public this Saturday and runs until Saturday June 18. This includes work to promote Pro Pig’s art trail ‘Trail and Error’ which has already launched.
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