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.
It’s been great fun painting some nice illustrations on the facade of the soon to open Harper and Blohm Cheese store in Melbourne’s inner north suburb of Essendon. There’s still awnings and signs to be added, then I’ll add matching colours in the background of the mural.
The shop itself occupies part of the Prince Wine Store and the two stores side-by-side will make a delicious combination.
I’ll be sure to update the photos once the store is up and running and the work is complete.
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.
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’.
If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details