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.
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.
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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’.
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Everyone has a period of their youth they enjoy looking back on.
For me it was 1996 -1999. At the time it felt like it would never end, three years of consistent painting and creative achievement before somehow falling into a normal day job. During this time I was generally broke, living from one art commission to the next, with hindsight I can see I also had focus and drive. It’s something that’s easy to lose when you get comfortable.
Oh, I also got to have fun painting out and about…nothing hardcore, just taking advantage of some under utilised spaces.
I’ve always enjoyed the immediacy of spray paint. Working quickly is a luxury while working fulltime and trying to pursue painting in my spare time.
The challenge with spray paint though is scale (it’s best suited for larger works) and texture. Spray paint is typically quite flat. Stencil artists overcome this by letting a little over spray or drips through their stencils or masked areas. More traditional graffiti character masters often take the approach of highly rendered illustrations replicating the smoothness of air-brushing, or larger works that are like hyper-realism.
With these sketches I’m trying to work quickly, on a smaller scale with a soft technique rather than solid colour, enjoying the natural drips and marks of the spray paint rather than hiding them. There’s been a lot of absolute failures, here’s one or two that are kind of moving in the direction I like.