Nostalgia and beer always go well together

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

The Palace Hotel South Melbourne

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.

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

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

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

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.

A drawing with Spray paint is still just a drawing

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’.

Colour Box Studios - Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)
Colour Box Studios – Footscray (Melbourne western suburb)

If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details

Melbournites – Please Save The Butterfly Club

Anyone with a love of the arts, comedy and all things kitsch this IS something you need to get behind. If you’ve ever laughed at Tim Minchin’s musical musing you owe these guys big time!

Please follow the link and help the club survive the move to a new venue. You don’t need to just donate, you can buy some pretty cool experiences.

Save The Butterfly Club by The Butterfly Club and … Crowded on Pozible.

This Melbourne icon needs your help
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