Meet the Artist: Lou Boyce

We chatted to local artist Lou Boyce about her vibrant, fun-loving Shaun, King of the Carnival! Sponsored by EY, he brought the party to Queen Square during our Bristol trail. 

And if ewe want to add a little of his party pizazz to your home, take a look at our King of the Carnival figurine!


Hi Lou! How old are you?

I’m 47.


Tell us about yourself.

I’m a Bristolian born and bred, currently living in Totterdown. I went to Brislington Comprehensive School before doing a secretarial course and going straight into office jobs. I always wanted to be an artist but because of family circumstances (lack of money!) I wasn't able to go to art college. I have always been an artist at heart, though, and over the years I have taught myself how to paint and have recently started screen printing. Since getting accepted for Shaun in the City I have set up my own art website and started selling a few prints online.


What inspired your Shaun design?

The brightly coloured costumes of the summer carnivals, like Bristol’s very own St Paul’s Carnival! I wanted to create a design that was really fresh and bold, and a celebration of multi-cultural Bristol. A lot of the carnival costumes have stunning headpieces made from long feathers, but as I was restricted due to the shape of Shaun's head, I decided to paint a cartoon-style feathered bird instead. She's called 'Chickpea' as she's a cross between a chicken and a peahen!


How many hours did you spend on your Shaun?

I worked on him for 70 hours.


Tell us a little about your family.

My husband is from Barbados and between us we have three children: my daughter who is grown up with a little baby of her own, and my two gorgeous step-children Li-Li and Josh. We also have family in Sweden, so all the Shaun in the City news is doing the rounds in Stockholm and in the Caribbean! Closer to home we have some seriously excited nieces and nephews who couldn't wait to get out on the Bristol trail.


What kind of music do you enjoy?

I like Reggae, R&B, soul and dance music to name but a few – the list is endless! I also love all the local stuff, from Massive Attack to Bristol’s very own Laid Blak.


What’s your favourite film?

I’m not much of a film buff, but the one I could watch over and over again is Disney’s WALL.E … it draws me in every time!