Isle artist creates fantastic Thanet posters to be displayed on Southeastern trains and stations

Lisa has created the brilliant posters to be displayed at Southeastern stations and on trains

Fabulous posters of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate by a Thanet artist will be displayed at Southeastern railway stations and on trains in the coming weeks.

The brilliant images, displaying the different characteristics for each town, have been created by Broadstairs artist Lisa McGuinness of Lisa Illustrations.

The mum-of-three worked for more than 20 years as a shoe designer  but returned to the isle some 10 years ago. During lockdown she focused on her artworks and soon found herself in demand, selling paintings worldwide.

Lisa at work

She said: “I shared a gallery with my brother in Margate for a couple of years and that went well but I wanted more time with the kids so started painting from home.

“I have had work exhibited in Turner Contemporary and did artwork for the Dreamland Roller Disco.

“Through Dreamland, Southeastern got in touch and asked me to do the posters. It is really exciting. I was born in Margate, lived in Ramsgate and now live in Broadstairs so it was lovely to celebrate all three.”

Lisa uses acrylics, watercolours and ink and her background in commercial fashion has helped her design the dynamic Ramsgate Riviera, Marvellous Margate and Beautiful Broadstairs posters.

She said: “The main thing I do is paint about the towns, DFLs, changing communities, in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek way. I think that’s why Southeastern asked me to sum up each town in a painting.”

Lisa also has her work in Margate hotels Guesthouse 42 and Selina, exhibits across Kent and takes commissions worldwide.

She added: “As a kid I loved making posters. I belonged to the local dance school and always did their posters, so it is a dream job  that I always wanted to do.”

The three posters contain a wealth of details from a hipster with a ‘I do like to be beside the seaside’ tattoo to’ dry robers’ and landmarks such as the Lido, Morellis and Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour.

Nikki Causer, Head of Marketing at Southeastern, said: “There is such a rich artistic heritage across our network with many vibrant creative communities. We want to celebrate this and have just started a programme of artist collaboration and we were delighted that Lisa’s artwork was so popular with our followers on Instagram who were recently given a sneak preview.

 

 

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“We will be introducing new artwork and a second artist to our stations in the coming weeks, reflecting the diversity of popular leisure destinations in The Garden of England and we hope our customers in other parts of the network also welcome these new additions.”

Lisa has events and collaborations being planned for later this year to further share her art and her clothing range.

The posters will be available to purchase in April from Lisa’s online store at https://www.lisaillustrations.com

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5 Comments

  1. These are so good 😃. Love that Southeastern picked a local artist to celebrate our towns ❤

  2. i admire the artwork , but describing ramsagte as riviera i feel is stretching it a bit , well quite a bit if i am honest

  3. Very eyecatching ; excellent work Lisa. Echo previous sentiments – good to see a local artist chosen for this commission.
    PS
    Riviera is Italian for coastline so no misdescription there.

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