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.
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.
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.
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.