Artist embarks 
on wallpaper tour

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Wallpaper that has appeared on a disused Daventry building is the work of an artist set to carry out similar projects across Europe.

Mark Jermyn, 31 – who grew up in New Forest Way, Daventry and now helps to run one69, a printing collective in Salford – made his home town the first stop on a tour of Europe that will see him drive to Brussels, Berlin, Prague and Croatia in a 1989 white Mercedes hearse.

On Monday the artist covered five boarded up windows on the former Rectro bar in New Street with wallpaper of his own design.

Mr Jermyn said the paper was originally designed as a commercial project for a bar in Yorkshire.

He added: “I was thinking about what I could do to make my work more freely available to people.

“I have been to a lot of art galleries where they have a small card with an essay on it for you to read.

“My view of art is about making it available to more people.”

“I used to drink in Rectro bar when I was growing up in Daventry, and I used to go there when I came back to town to visit friends. The wooden boards have been up there for 10 years.”

When asked why he had chosen to use a hearse on his European tour, Mr Jermyn said its previous usage made it an ideal vehicle.

He said: “I was looking for a van and you can never be sure what you get. The only thing they ever carried in this hearse was coffins and it has never been driven fast.”

Mr Jermyn said he would be using a collapsible bike to search the cities on his tour fore the perfect place to plaster his creations.

He said: “I’d like to put some on the Berlin wall, but there is a lot of other artwork and I don’t want to disrespect other artists.”