Laetitia Gilbaud: Schoolgirls a-go-go?
"To give you a little background on the Acorn Pet Centre artwork, the display is part of our ‘Art in the City’ project which is in partnership with Braewell Gallery. The project is part of a broader Edinburgh wide strategy to protect and enhance the retail environment.
The artwork is by up and coming artist, Laetitia Gilbaud. She's best known for her depiction of Nicola Sturgeon. She also painted Kate Middleton and raised £5,000 for that painting on behalf of the Prince's Trust Charity. Her work is sold throughout Europe.
Braewell's have used her art in many instances elsewhere and have received many positive comments as a result. There have been mixed comments so far from Portobello, but we do know that two of the paintings were sold to two different customers on Sunday as a direct result of seeing the vinyls in Portobello. I guess it just goes to show that artwork is a very subjective thing. That said, we will take on board all of the comments that come back to us for future projects, particularly in respect of Portobello."