Photo by Duncan Atack
Nikki and Duncan, from Streets of Perth, bought their amazing new home in November last year and asked me to come paint a custom mural to brighten up their outdoor tiki bar. We started stage one last year and on the weekend I came in and finished off stage two by adding Indi the cat and some wood paneling.
Photo by Duncan Atack
The wall originally had a large mosaic on it, but when the house changed hands the old owners took it with them and left a large yellow space to be filled. Nikki and Duncan wanted a trompe l’oeil beach scene with tropical elements to brighten up the space. Inspiration for the beach scene comes from my all time favourite beach, Emily Bay, from Norfolk Island, where I grew up and spent many happy days swimming as a kid.
Our model is the stunning Marina Martini and the cat is the princess of the house, Indi, the rag doll. If they had a pet Macaw it probably wouldn’t last long in a house with cats Big thank you to Nikki and Duncan for being awesome hosts, Marina for being an awesome model and also to Mitch Low for being no. 1 best minion.
“Paint the best wall mural you’ve ever painted…” This was my brief from Andrew and Sue at Santa Fe Restaurant in Subiaco, Perth. After 8 days of painting and pushing myself to the max, I managed to produce the best mural I’ve painted to date… but not without some hiccups along the way which you can hear more about in this vlog! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIOcl…
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist who had a famously tragic life – from having Polio as a child, to being impaled by a tram in an accident when she was 18, which led to multiple spinal operations. She is one of my favourite artists and when Sue and Andrew asked me to paint the inside of iconic Santa Fe restaurant, I jumped at the chance to paint a tribute to Frida and her relationship with her on-and-off-again husband, Diego Rivera whom she affectionately called her “toad-frog”.
Apart from being a famous muralist, Diego was a well known womaniser and their relationship was famously tumultuous; a thrilling story of adultery, bisexuality and general disfunction. They divorced in 1939 and then remarried again the next year.
The structure of the mural is loosely based on one of my favourite paintings of hers, Las Dos Fridas (The Two Fridas) which shows two “Fridas” sitting side by side, with exposed hearts linked together with blood vessels. She painted it shortly after her divorce from Diego in 1939 and it records her emotions surrounding the crisis.
In Santa Fe, Frida is in the main room, with her beloved, ‘toad-frog’, Diego, in the next room. Though they aren’t looking directly at each other, they’re linked by their hearts which are each looking for the other. It’s both a tribute to their own relationship, but also more generally, a comment about the bonds of love and relationships.
Thank you to:
Andrew and Sue from Santa Fe Perth, Olivia for her awesome filming and painting, Mitch and Matt for being my most excellent minions and photographers!
It is with great pleasure that I present the final pictures of the interior wall mural I was painting last week!
Fez Cafe, Mt Lawley decided they were going to change their look and they asked me to paint a mural in the cafe. They have pretty much been the perfect hosts, from giving me a open brief (bohemian) that I could interpret however I liked, and trusting me when I decided to paint a massive vulture on the wall, that it was going to be “very tasteful”. They also kept me going with wicked coffees and lots of lunches. Dream gig!
Originally, I was just going to paint a girl on the wall since I’ve been working on my portrait skills recently and I wanted to roll with that, but after I thought about it for a bit it just seemed kinda… empty… like it was missing something and there was no narrative to the concept. I’m also not a fan of painting pretty things for the sake of being pretty, I like to mix it with something a little bit darker. After mulling over it for a few days the medieval sport of falconry popped into my head along with the idea of her having a giant pet vulture. It’s funny, but the more you work on a concept the more associations tend to pop up and I was reminded of the practice of Tibetan Sky Burial… which if you don’t know what that is, google it carefully and not with image search. So in the end the concept is a kind of goddess of sky burial.
Another point to make about the artwork is that instead of using some vague internet lady to paint from, I actually photographed my friend Monday (Check out her stuff on Facebook: Monday Art) who kindly stood in my studio looking ‘mystical’ while I photographed her holding an invisible bird. I really think it makes all the difference to paint using your own reference and also people you know… it seems to give the work more life.
Big thanks also to Matt Fieldes Photography for taking the awesome photos!
I recently got the chance to bring together two of my favourite things: Clark Gable and Spam on a wall on the iconic Learoyd St deli in Mount Lawley, Perth.
It was a project that was done on a budget with some serious time constraints… in the middle of summer. There was some damn early mornings spent at that wall feverishly painting before the sun came up and started frying me and my paint, but I’m actually really stoked with the result.
The old deli wall was covered in a bunch of advertising and posters, so I decided to work with what I had and create a fake anti-spam ad in the middle of it all.
If you’re interested in having a Fieldey wall mural of your very own, head over to my website and fill in the enquiry form and let’s make it happen!
Big shout out as well to my mega minion Mitch, who helped with the anal retentive bits… I couldn’t have done it without him.
I’ve always wanted to paint on a massive scale and lately I’ve been testing out my skillz™on some walls around Perth. I’m still learning to spray paint, so this wall at Santa Fe Restaurant was painted with a combination of sprays and Molotow One4all markers and refill inks applied with a brush, and I think it came out pretty rad!
Base painting the main skull with spray paint
Underpainting the wall with external water-based house paint
Building up the colours from the background to the foreground
Me on day 2, getting stuck into some detail work
Kindly reposted from The Rabbit Hole Gallery
Fieldey was dubbed the gong-getter of last night’s Wall to Wall live painting exhibition at Little Wing Corner Gallery.
After a gruelling two and a half hour paint-off- especially for unwell Kiara Thomas, whose voice was dwindling to a hoarse whisper- Fieldey stole the show with her magnificent #pupsout piece.
However, RLSM, Kiara Thomas, Girl The Toy and Breezy E definitely didn’t let her off easy, with some outstanding work in an extremely high-pressure environment and short time frame.
Fieldey walked away the champion with a golden skull-on-a-cricketer’s-body trophy, #vodkabrainartguy, and $300 cash.
The Rabbit Hole sends a huge congratulations to Fieldey and all of the artists involved.