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We are all mortal until…

“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine”

I had the pleasure of painting some mural in a new winery operated by young gun maker, Chris Catlow. 

There’s more to come in 2018, until then, cheers!

 

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Renovators delight

In need of some design or renovation inspiration? Take a peek at my profile on Houzz…then have a click around the projects on the site.

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Late night hoops

One of the most fun murals I’ve painted in a long time. If I lived here as a teenager I don’t think I would ever come inside…I would’ve played basketball 24/7.

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Every entertainment genre under the sun – New Ticketmaster mural

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Mural and feature wall quote calculator

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.

 


 

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Bring unloved office space to life

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.  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.

 

 

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Vintage posters re-imagined

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.

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The Neon Life

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.

http://www.facebook.com/HiddenAlleySouthMelbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a raid! – The Palace Hotel South Melbourne

The Palace Hotel is a traditional style of pub in Melbourne. While there’s a few big screen TV’s to watch sports on, everything else focuses on building a great atmosphere for socialising. It’s also free of pokies (poker machines), that plague of money sucking zombie makers that have turned suburban pubs and clubs into boring soul-less boxes.

Hidden upstairs at the Palace is a beautiful open dining room for private functions, the type where you can easily picture a long wine soaked lunch with super-important people and it is here that there’s a private room. Completed with two humourous murals based on the classic ‘dogs playing poker’ pictures hanging in pubs the world over.

from camera 025from camera 027 The Palace Hotel in South Melbourne has a secret room upstairs, with two new murals to compliment the space. I’ll post better photos once the mini-renovation project is complete.

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Find the lovers

Hidden away in an alley opposite the South Melbourne markets is a new mural just for the lovers…follow the clues and try to find it?

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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

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Italian beauty – updated

Finished off this little beauty recently.

If you’re in Melbourne and find yourself south of the Yarra you can visit Bellota in South Melbourne. Enjoy some salumi and wine with a nice view of the new artwork in their courtyard.