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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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Mmmm cheese

cheese lady at Harper and Blohm

It was a nice surprise to get a little bit of a mention in Melbourne newspaper, the Herald Sun.

I’ve been enjoying getting back into painting in the last year or two and it’s been nice to get some positive feedback. I’m very thankful and don’t take it for granted.

When I began doing this type of artwork in the mid-90’s it was hard to shake the negative connotations and baggage of painting with spraypaint. It’s great to experience more people enjoying the work without the old hangups around it.

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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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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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Belle Arti entry sold at Chapman and Bailey Gallery

It was a nice to get the news of the sale of my little entry into the Bell Arti Prize.

It was a fairly inexpensive piece, but with very few sales amongst the 200+ pieces there, I still feel a little proud.

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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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Working small – woman before the hangover

This small piece (35 x 35 cm) was created to enter the Bell Arti Prize at the Chapman and Bailey Gallery.

All entrants were provided an identical canvas to utilise, with no restriction on the theme or medium. Despite the small size, I was still keen to work with spray paint as the dominant medium. I used layers of spray paint, built up and scraped back to create depth and texture. I also used very thin layers of oil paint to  soften dense colour of the spray paint used. The idea was to create a soft, ghostly figure who was fading before us.

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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.