End of the line? Artist Jack’s parody paints quite a picture of life in town!
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 April 2018
Model dinosaurs being stolen, women vomiting over the sea wall and ‘boy racers’ crashing their cars – who would live in a town like this?
That is the question posed by artist Jack Hurley, who has called Exmouth ‘the end of the line’ in his latest piece of seaside satire, which pokes fun at the East Devon resort.
His newest poster labels the town as a place where you can find elderly residents using UKIP-sponsored walkers, tracksuit-clad drivers lamenting their overturned cars and revellers throwing up over the promenade.
On his ‘Rubbish Seaside’ website, Jack says: “Ever dreamed of living in a town where you can experience a rich mix of doddery demographics, boy racers wrapping themselves around lampposts, Marine recruits getting lairy after a skinful and random sex acts perpetrated against model dinosaurs? No? Well, then I strongly advise you not to move to Exmouth - nice sand though.”
The anticipated backlash from residents has left the 38-year-old – whose family still live in Exmouth – wondering if he could ever return to the town. Jack said he is set to visit Exmouth to see family and friends in the summer, but was coy over the date for fear of being greeted by a ‘lynch mob’. He said: “I always worry that it’s going to be taken the wrong way. It was quite a proper job I have done on Exmouth – I have told my family to go into hiding. I go back a long way with Exmouth. I used to go there every weekend, so I am very familiar with the town.”
Jack has garnered a reputation as a ‘celebrator of seaside mediocrity’, having poked fun at resorts like Weston-super-Mare and Teignmouth.
“I’ve always wanted to get around to doing Exmouth because I have that personal history,” he said.
The inspiration for his latest artwork has been what he saw on weekly visits and through stories shared on social media. Jack said: “There used to be a lot of boy racers around the seafront in the 90s – before they put all the traffic measures in. By the old sand dunes, I remember someone stacking it on a Friday night; their car was a proper write-off.”
He said the idea of a woman being sick over the sea wall after a night out ‘was not beyond the realms of possibility’.
“There are a few people who have grumbled, but if I’m not getting people to grumble about it, I’m not doing my job right,” added Jack.