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Fitzroy homage at Coco & Thyme

Street art and commercial graffiti murals are everywhere in Melbourne, particularly in the trendy inner north suburbs. All bases are covered from crisp sign-writing styles through to grungy faux-illegal looking murals.

When family friendly Coco and Thyme took over an old fine dinning space they wanted to create a large ‘street-art’ piece with a connection to the area, that would be unique and warm up the space, I decided to take a distinctly different direction and create a very non-streetart looking mural.

Working from this brief, the mural takes inspiration from an old advertisement for the sale of land in the surrounding area, referencing the current owners to create a distinctly unique mural in the area.

If you’re in Melbourne, it’s definitely worth paying them a visit. Follow them on Facebook to see what they’re cooking

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APC Art Show success

I’m new to selling art.

As a self-taught ’emerging’ artist, the usual channels to build a profile and sell work aren’t available to me. Most competitions and art fairs for emerging artists require the entrants have completed academic study in the arts (I studied business) or be in the final stages of post-graduate study.

So for me, the oppourtunity to show work the Albert Park College Art Show was invaluable.  I’d encourage other Melbourne artists to take a peek: http://www.albertparkcollege.vic.edu.au/artshow/index.html

The work was incredible this year, I was thrilled to be accepted and overall received some very positive feedback. My downfall is always ensuring I have quality images to document my work, here are a few happy snaps of the piece that was snapped up…thank you new owner, I hope it makes a nice new talking point in the home.

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Free art for your phone

The last remaining iPhone 5/5s are now free to art lovers!

The case features my iconic mural painted at Bellota Wine Bar in South Melbourne. Click on Artwork for SALE and use the code: FREEPHONECASE            (shipping charges still apply)

iPhone 5-5s case

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Postcards from a painter

One of the most exciting things as a pre-digital age child was getting mail. I loved it!

Now, as an adult in the digital world all the fun stuff is shared online with a click and even boring mail like bills are digital. So who gets to experience the little buzz of receiving the good kind of mail.

Unfortunately I can’t send you looong letters about love and life, but I can send you original, hand drawn art on a postcard. It’s even better than getting those postcards your friends send you when their on holiday to try and make you jealous.

Check out the Artwork for SALE tab to see what post card are available.

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Mirror at 3am

This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.

I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method  of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.

The gold piece was sold at a preview, but the sketches, and lots of other works are on show this weekend in Melbourne. Here are the details: www.facebook.com/events/806841779351835/

 

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All in all, you’re just another brick in the wall – updated photos

These A2 paintings served as tests for three larger pieces.

I enjoy drawing in sketch books, but need to work on a larger scale so have taken to producing these as a way to explore different approaches to painting.

When shown alongside the finished large scale works you can track the decision making process almost like a comic strip.

SOLD OUT Pieces available at:

http://markcowell.ecwid.com/#!/Click-to-view-series-Art-on-Paper-A2-size/c/12288453

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Unprepared painting

Without a traditional art background or training, one thing that has always been lacking in my recent art practice is preparation. Even when I was a graffiti writer (a long time ago) I’d see other writers had elaborate sketchbooks with full colour designs and I’d have a scrap of paper, containing a few loose shapes…planning has never been my forte.

These spray paint sketches have been an effort to change that and find middle ground between planning, testing and painting. I’ve started transferring these ideas into large formats recently, the smaller paintings act like a key or legend on a map to provide indicators moving forward.

They’re also  small, affordable pieces in their own right.

the 6 sides

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The sweetest of the sweet

I had the pleasure of creating feature artwork for Sweet Republic a new kid friendly, party venue catering for all things sweet. Party goers will be able to make (and EAT) all kinds of sweet treats.

The brief was clear and simple, create something colourful and ‘Wonka-ish’.

This was definitely one of the most fun commissions I’ve worked on.

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A trip to the barbers

Here’s the new addition to the interior of Top End Barbering Co in Melbourne.

The painting was a marathon 13 hour effort finishing at 3 am. Painting in an unventilated space, even with a spray painters mask,  I left dazed and had what was pretty much a toxic hangover. Next time, I’m renting an extractor fan.

topend barber shop

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Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art

Over zealous Police have arrested a girl for posting a photo to her Instagram feed of someone else’s artwork she passed in the street.

The aged looking poster/image depicts violence against a police representative. She has apparently been charged with threatening violence against the person featured in the image.

Though she didn’t leave any captions or commentary which was directly threatening, the young woman will face court.

I wonder what implications this would have for thew media at large, would any news outlet documenting the work and then sharing it be viewed in the same way.

Read the full article here :

Woman Arrested for Instagramming Street Art.

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