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 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’.
If you are in Melbourne you can visit the space. go to http://colourboxstudio.com/ for details
When I decided to try and revive my painting practice I started out determined not to use spray paint…but it’s just so practical considering I have little time to waste. Here’s a few little sketches from a recent session.