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21st February 2013 Print

A piece of art shocked commuters in the capital yesterday as graphic artist, Patrick Thomas, debuted his latest provocative piece, 'Moo', to the public, making more than a subtle nod to the current horse-meat scandal.

Ahead of the Affordable Art Fair which takes place early next month, the Berlin-based artist, known for creating powerful messages through the use of iconic images, previewed 'Moo' at Leicester Square where the artwork was aired across the tube station throughout the day.

The piece attracted plenty of attention with many commuters posing next to the displays and tweeting their amusement. However, some remained oblivious as they tucked into their burgers and strolled past the art with their weekly shopping.    

Artist, Patrick Thomas, who created the piece said "It is the job of an artist to be witness to his time in history and art should have a social function and be an intrinsic part of everyday life. Art can be a powerful weapon and although this print is intentionally humorous; in the context of the horsemeat scandal currently dominating the UK press - it conceals a darker message."

Patrick Thomas is one of thousands of contemporary artists showing at the Affordable Art Fair this March and can be found at Outline Editions' gallery stand. The 'Moo' silkscreen print is an edition of 100, priced at £145 each. 

The Affordable Art Fair is London's friendliest and most welcoming art fair, with all art priced from £40 - £4,000, the fair runs at the Battersea Evolution building in Battersea Park from 7 - 10 March.

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