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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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The cheese lady commeth

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.

www.harperandblohm.com

www.princewinestore.com.au

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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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Create your own view

It’s rare to see anything hand painted in new apartments. I feel very grateful to have been invited to add a city view to the wall of this lounge room.

Lounge-mural-PortMelbourne

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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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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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Melbournites – Please Save The Butterfly Club

Anyone with a love of the arts, comedy and all things kitsch this IS something you need to get behind. If you’ve ever laughed at Tim Minchin’s musical musing you owe these guys big time!

Please follow the link and help the club survive the move to a new venue. You don’t need to just donate, you can buy some pretty cool experiences.

Save The Butterfly Club by The Butterfly Club and … Crowded on Pozible.

This Melbourne icon needs your help
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A break in the rain – photos updated

A Melbourne winter can really get you down, so it’s nice to make the most of a sunny day.

My friend Mikey had organised permission to paint a wall on an Indian restaurant. With my own wedding planning at the fore of my mind I decided to paint a Hindu Bride to stay on them for the site.

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