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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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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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What’s on my easel

As 2015 begins to slip away, people’s focus shifts towards the eating, drinking,  family gatherings and festivities of Christmas. In Australia, this time of year also coincides with summer holidays (it’s the Southern hemisphere here). The Spring Racing Carnival here in Melbourne is the preamble to  the onslaught of office parties and the commencement of the ‘silly season’.

For me it feels like a time to be productive. Rather than slowing down, I’m hoping to gain momentum moving into the New Year. So while the number of noticeably drunk people on the street increases, I’ve been in the studio working.

The piece will be hung in a group exhibition at 69 Smith Street Gallery in Fitzroy. Check out their website for details : http://www.69smithstreet.com.au/

Update : Sold!

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Free art for your phone

The last remaining iPhone 5/5s are now free to art lovers!

The case features my iconic mural painted at Bellota Wine Bar in South Melbourne. Click on Artwork for SALE and use the code: FREEPHONECASE            (shipping charges still apply)

iPhone 5-5s case

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Mirror at 3am

This little image gallery shows the process paint sketches which led to the final piece on the gold background.

I’m not a natural planner, I struggle to sit down and do meticulous preparation for paintings, perhaps that’s a discipline I would have learned if I had academic training in art. I much prefer working with spraypaint to traditional drawing materials, I can test a concept quickly and I think this method  of preparing for paintings will stay with me for a long time now.

The gold piece was sold at a preview, but the sketches, and lots of other works are on show this weekend in Melbourne. Here are the details: www.facebook.com/events/806841779351835/

 

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Save the date – Distractions opening

For any Melbourne art lovers, I’m showing a selection of my paintings and drawings in February at Imbibe, a great little wine bar in Port Melbourne (at the ‘Paris end’, not the trashy fake tan end).

I’ll provide previews over the coming weeks – hope to see you there.

Exhibition invite

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100 bottles of beer on the wall

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.

 

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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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Imperfect veneer

This is the largest (non-graffiti) painting I’ve completed to date. Painted on two large, light weight ply doors the piece is 2m high x 164cm wide.

Since my short period working in advertising I’m acutely aware of the tricks used to mislead people about body image and beauty.  I started by painting a portrait, similar to what you may see in a full page ad in a fashion magazine, then destroyed it.  The result is a sequence of textures and layers, not unattractive, but not a celebrated reflection of aspirational beauty.

This piece will be available for purchase soon.

Enquiries to mark-cowell@hotmail.com

 

perfect

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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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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