There’s a huge variance in the way artists quote on mural projects so I’ve created a simple calculator to help give some guides as to price. This isn’t a formal quote, but will give you an ‘ballpark’ figure to budget around for you project.
Office space is expensive, especially metropolitan space. Given the huge investment/cost of space it seems crazy that wall space isn’t utilised to deliver more than just holding up a roof.
When Switched On Group moved to a larger, open planned space, they identified an opportunity to put some blank space to work.Â The area itself sat on a windowless side of the building and could be seen from the foyer entry as well as other parts of the office. The challenge was to create work that directed light into the right area and create a sense of fun that’s complimentary, not jarring like street art and graffiti can be.
The solution was a mural that balances design trends and mass appeal by referencing a classic image loved by several generations, painted using contemporary techniques.
Some people like prestige cars because they give them a sense of status. For the owners of Trade Prestige and their clients it’s about something more, they genuinely love the craft and artisan-ship of their products.
I loved re-imagining these posters from an era when the lines between illustration and art were blurry and advertising was still made by hand. It suits their warehouse perfectly which looks more like a serious collectors garage than a sales room. The space is complimented by a great collection of vintage pieces.
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.
The great thing about having learned my craft through ‘graffiti’ is that I’ve developed a strong work ethic, am comfortable trying new ideas and am not afraid to climb up onto a roof and get the job done, a very underrated skill for a contemporary artist (the downside to missing traditional academic study is talking about my personal work is difficult. I lack the vocabulary to engage in high-brow discussion with the ‘bow-tie’ crowd).
I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with some brilliant small business people like Grant and Jayne from Hidden Alley. They are about the friendliest people I’ve met in recent years and this is reflected in the sense of comfort at the bar. It’s just opposite the South Melbourne Markets, do your shopping and stop in for a beer or a coffee.
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.
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.