Created and Sold by James Croft

James Croft
Murals by James Croft seen at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield - Herd of Sheffield - We're in it together
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Herd of Sheffield - We're in it together

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From July till October 2016 a large herd of 58 elephants stampeded through
Sheffield. It was the biggest public art project Sheffield had ever seen. The project
was a collaberation of artists and community working together to raise funds for the
Children's Hospital Charity. The herd was rounded up and Auctioned off at the
famous Crucible Theatre in November, and raised an amazing £410,600.

I was delighted to be chosen to paint one of these fantastic fibre glass elephants. It was an
amazing experience painting the elephant in a huge warehouse alongside so many other
creative people. I met sculptors, printers, designers and fine artists,
all with a unique take on their elephant design.

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James Croft

Meet the Creator

I live near the Peak District in Yorkshire and capture huge inspiration from the light, colours and nature as I walk and cycle through these incredible surroundings.

I graduated from Wolverhampton University with a first in Illustration. I now work as a full-time illustrator and artist and after being in London and Brighton for many years, I moved to Sheffield with my two young daughters.

I have had more than 30 books published to date and have worked with dozens of clients including Aardman Animation, Marks and Spencers, BBC and Saatchi and Saatchi.

Over the last few years, I have enjoyed many new creative challenges, working on a variety of projects.

In 2016, I was lucky enough to get to design and paint one of the ‘Herd of Sheffield’ elephants. This was Sheffield’s largest public art event to date and consisted of 58 enormous fibreglass elephants, each one covered in an artist’s design and placed on a trail across the city.

Since then, I have gone on to create many more public art projects. My aim is to bring art out of the gallery and make it much more accessible for everyone. Transforming an environment with inspiring, empathetic artist has such a positive effect on wellbeing and engagement. Many of my recent projects have been hospital murals and these themes have been at the core to the designs and artwork.