The body of work for Distractions is coming together…letting the layers dry before the final touches.
Anyone living or visiting Melbourne should come and visit Imbibe Wine Bar on 21 February to see the work and have a few drinks.
This year South Melbourne’s iconic Prince Wine Store opted to ditch the inflatable Santa and plastic reindeer in exchange for some custom painted wine bottles.
The high profile store is a prime target for ‘tagging’, but the new artwork lasted the holiday season and well into the new year…it almost looked as though it would become a permanent fixture.
I love my local pub.
Moving from Brisbane to Melbourne a few years ago, good pubs make the winters here bearable. My local pub is a classic warm friendly place with an honest menu and great beers from dedicated brewers…and it’s free of poker machines! (*I’m not anti-gambling but those machines ruin the atmosphere and are a source of misery in many places; keep them in the casino’s)
I jumped at the opportunity to contribute a bit of artwork to one of the courtyards. Based on an old advertising board from the 1930’s I recreated a classic Melbourne Bitter ad. The original ad looked strangely like an old American prairie scene with an Aussie ‘digger’ overlayed with the iconic Melbourne Bitter label.
If you live in or are visiting Melbourne pop in for a visit
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.