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.
Without a traditional art background or training, one thing that has always been lacking in my recent art practice is preparation. Even when I was a graffiti writer (a long time ago) I’d see other writers had elaborate sketchbooks with full colour designs and I’d have a scrap of paper, containing a few loose shapes…planning has never been my forte.
These spray paint sketches have been an effort to change that and find middle ground between planning, testing and painting. I’ve started transferring these ideas into large formats recently, the smaller paintings act like a key or legend on a map to provide indicators moving forward.
They’re also small, affordable pieces in their own right.
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
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.
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.
I still love traditional graffiti. It is undoubtegly the most important art movement of the last two centuries and the only movement created by young people (children in many cases) in History. It’s been 40 years since guys like Noc first took to painting on the outside of New Yorks subway cars and while only a select few now get to see live ‘panel pieces’ it’s almost as exciting to see new work from Noc alive and running.
check out more subway advertising and art related goodness at http://adsonthesubway.wordpress.com/
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’.
If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details