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.
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.
This small piece (35 x 35 cm) was created to enter the Bell Arti Prize at the Chapman and Bailey Gallery.
All entrants were provided an identical canvas to utilise, with no restriction on the theme or medium. Despite the small size, I was still keen to work with spray paint as the dominant medium. I used layers of spray paint, built up and scraped back to create depth and texture. I also used very thin layers of oil paint to soften dense colour of the spray paint used. The idea was to create a soft, ghostly figure who was fading before us.
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 can’t remember getting a birthday present from my brother, I don’t think he’s ever got me anything.
Unlike the lucky guy who’s brother not only got him a custom board, but also gave me the board to whip up a little happy birthday lettering with custom family portrait…how thoughtful! I wish I could be reincarnated into this dudes family, looks like they have a lot of fun.
The board itself was more of a challenge than I expected. The markers that have a very limited colour palette and unlike paint, blending and shading doesn’t work particularly well. The piece was executed with line work and stippling rather than smooth grades of shading. Posca paint markers are also very flat and chalky so I’m hoping the final coast of fibre glass makes the colours ‘pop’ a bit more.
I’d really like to do a few more of these, focusing on large images filling the whole board. I really like doing these customisations, working on canvas feels a little static, these types of things are fun and energetic.
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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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.