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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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Rainy day activities

For anyone who likes doing colouring-in activities with their kids, I’ve added a handful of colouring-in pages for purchase through my online shop.

I’m working towards publishing a Hip Hop themed ABC’s colouring book by the end of the year, any sales through the webstore will pay for the costs of getting the little project off the ground.

webstore

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Find the lovers

Hidden away in an alley opposite the South Melbourne markets is a new mural just for the lovers…follow the clues and try to find it?

from camera 003

 

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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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Nostalgia and beer always go well together

I love my local pub.

Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne a few years ago, good pubs make the winters here bearable. My local pub is a classic warm friendly place with an honest menu and great beers from dedicated brewers…and it’s free of poker machines! (*I’m not anti-gambling but those machines ruin the atmosphere and are a source of misery in many places; keep them in the casino’s)

I jumped at the opportunity to contribute a bit of artwork to one of the courtyards. Based on an old advertising board from the 1930’s I recreated a classic Melbourne Bitter ad. The original ad looked strangely like an old American prairie scene with an Aussie ‘digger’ overlayed with the iconic Melbourne Bitter label.

If you live in or are visiting Melbourne pop in for a visit

The Palace Hotel South Melbourne

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Heath Ledger redux

The tribute to the iconic character played by Heath Ledger was initially painted in a cartoon like style by another artist.

I was asked to make it a little bit more life-like.  The artwork, popular with many locals, disappeared from the streets of Port Melbourne for a few months after garage door broke and needed replacement.

Now it has returned, hopefully better than the earlier version, to stand as a tribute to a young talent lost too soon.

Heath Ledger tribute

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Italian beauty – updated

Finished off this little beauty recently.

If you’re in Melbourne and find yourself south of the Yarra you can visit Bellota in South Melbourne. Enjoy some salumi and wine with a nice view of the new artwork in their courtyard.

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Art not advertising

The irony of this little project isn’t lost on me.

Using an art form that I practiced unsanctioned as a youth to paint over illegally place advertising.

I’ve got a bit of beef with advertising poster companies…mixed with a small amount of  jealousy. You can vandalise pretty much anything you like if it’s an ad, poster advertisers are very difficult to prosecute. Whereas if I were to paint or place artwork in the same way I’d be in jail.

This time I got my own back on poster advertisers, being given a small commission to remove/paint over the offensive band posters.

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I still love traditional graffiti. It is undoubtegly the most important art movement of the last two centuries and the only movement created by young people (children in many cases) in History. It’s been 40 years since guys like Noc first took to painting on the outside of New Yorks subway cars and while only a select few now get to see live ‘panel pieces’ it’s almost as exciting to see new work from Noc alive and running.

check out more subway advertising and art related goodness at http://adsonthesubway.wordpress.com/

 

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A drawing with Spray paint is still just a drawing

This piece is a reworking of two simple ideas I used in earlier graffiti pieces. Both ideas tried to connect graffiti and drawing.

The first one showed normal New York style graffiti with section made to look hand painted or hand drawn. I think I did about five of these between 1998 and 2002, with the last version in 2002 being the more successful one.

The second idea was to simply replace one of graffiti writing most iconic style elements, the arrow, with pencils and paint brushes.

This piece is a further development along these lines. The motivation for this piece is  my continual dismay that people still get so upset and feel challenged  by what are simply my ‘big drawings’.

Colour Box Studios - Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)
Colour Box Studios – Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)

If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details

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Inner workings of Amen – part 1

Graffiti usually focuses on the exterior. The aesthetics reign supreme.

Here I tore open the piece to display the guts and inner workings of this ‘public style’.

I am going to turn this into a series of pieces focusing on the inner workings of graffiti, peeling back the outward face to reveal what may lay underneath some living letters.

gutscloseupAMEN-recycled