I’ve been having a blast doing a surfboard painting workshop at Balcatta Senior High for the past 3 weeks. It’s for the Gifted and Talented Arts Program and I’m stoked with the progress these guys are making! How lucky are they to go to a school that offers these kinds of programs… the best we used to get was still-life painting and Lino cutting!
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After three weeks in the making, this beautiful custom made and painted board is ready to be shipped to Karen in Florida! Karen contacted me via my website, asking if I could hand paint a surfboard for her. Working with my pals at Oceanline Surfboards here in Western Australia, we created this 6’8″ Funboard Egg with custom deck sprays and artwork. This baby is going to be queen of the waves!
Pictures of the whole process are below, but if you’re interested in having a board painted or getting a custom Fieldey inlay for a board you are having made, please either contact me or fill in the commissions form on my website.
Behold! The second mural I’ve ever done and I think it looks pretty swish, if I do say so myself… I painted it using spray paint and palm leaves for the background, and acrylic paint for all the detail work.
It’s painted in Red Stripe Clothing in Northbridge, Perth. If you’re in the area pop in and say hi to the lovely staff!
In other news I’m so stoked to be interviewed for Venus Goes Gidget… AAAANNNDDD… a certain surfboard maven is going to be flying over to Sydney in August to run some surfboard painting workshops with the lovely folks from V.G.G… anyone interested? http://venusgoesgidget.com/2014/05/fieldey-artist-gidget/
From the Subiaco Post, by LLOYD GORMAN
Subiaco’s marketing arm, Visit Subiaco, was forced to remove an image from its social media site this week following complaints it was offensive to women.
The image of a woman with dog heads for breasts and the slogan Check Dem Puppies appeared as a tweet on the Visit Subiaco site, which is linked to a Facebook page and website.
The image is painted on the side wall of the Corner Gallery in Hay Street, on the corner of Olive Street, by artist Haylee Fieldes, known as Fieldey, who strongly defended her satirical street art.
When the female owners of three Subiaco fashion stores saw the image online they complained to the council. “[We] would like to bring to your attention, on Visit Subiaco’s webpage, an inappropriate image that has been re-tweeted by the Visit Subiaco staff,” the shop owners told the mayor and councillors in an email.
“We all find this image offensive and inappropriate and would like to know how this image helps portray the women who work and live in Subiaco. “Does this type of image portray Subiaco as a safe and family friendly area? “From a community aspect, how does this help the self esteem of women who might be seeing this image? “The image needs to be taken down and someone should be made accountable for using such an image to portray Subiaco.” A male councillor described the image as “absolutely offensive material” and it was taken offline on Tuesday.
One female shopkeeper said she was disgusted by the image. “My mother and my sister had breast cancer, this is a disgusting portrayal of women and totally inappropriate for the City to be promoting,” she said.
Fieldey, the 31-year-old female artist who painted it, said she was proud of her work and defended it. “The joy of social media is that you never know where your art might appear on the internet,” she said. “I love the fact that Visit Subiaco found this piece of street art interesting and engaging enough to want to share it to promote the city. “As a woman and a feminist, I painted this piece to satirise objectification of women. While it’s a pity people found this offensive, art by nature and in its purest form is always in the eye of the beholder.”
Acting Subiaco CEO Scott Hawkins said: “The original tweet about the image was automatically re-tweeted by Visit Subiaco’s website content management system. The image has since been removed.”
Holy dooley! I have just come back from the most intense coupla weeks!
I was lucky enough to be invited beautiful Margaret River to live paint during the Margaret River Pro ASP surfing event, which was such a buzz – famous surfers, famous waves and thousands of people! It was my first time live painting and after a few nerves I got into it and finished a board in little over two days.
The surfing was top class, and in a shock twist, Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez went on to beat both Kelly Slater and Josh Kerr to win the event. It was some quality surfing by Bourez, which you can check out in the clip below, and boy… I could watch that that guy bottom turn in his green wetty all day 😉
I had some intense moments of stoke after meeting Tom Carroll who popped in to have a chat and admire my boards, and also to have a board signed by Kelly Slater.
Big thanks to Matt Fieldes Photography for the quality photos of the event.
Gentle readers, I would like to present to you my newest surfboard commission: ‘Baik Dan Jahat’, Indonesian for ‘good and evil’.
This was the first completely surfable custom board commission I’ve done, and I’m so stoked with the result that I’m going to discuss the process a bit more in depth below. If you can’t be arsed reading it all, feel free to skip down for the pretty pictures… I won’t mind.
This was a commission for a nice bloke named J. who wanted to have a custom surfboard made for his dad’s 50th birthday. His dad loves Bali, so we decided on a Balinese theme featuring two traditional gods, Barong and Rangda, who represent good and evil.
Normally I paint on completed boards which are more suited to hanging on a wall than surfing, so for this project I recommended that we use a graphic inlay (printed polymer/silk mesh) in a custom made board for a completely permanent solution. The inlays are awesome because they strengthen the board and if you destroy it or it gets stolen you can always have another one made with the same artwork.
Once we worked out a concept for the board, I painted the artwork smaller than life sized and had it professionally photographed. The resulting digital artwork was printed onto the graphic inlay material by an Australian company called Inlayz.
Chris McKenzie from Oceanline surfboards shaped the 7″8 mini-mal and I dropped by the factory and gave the blank deck a retro palm spray pattern before it was glassed to make it super über custom.
The graphic inlay was fiberglassed into the bottom of the board making in a permanent part of the surfboard. A glossy coating finishes the board and makes the colours pop… and she’s ready to ride!
The next day I got an email from Barry which totally made my day:
Just a quick note to thank you for the awesome artwork you have done on the board that J. and my lovely wife S. gave me for my 50th birthday yesterday, it will take pride of place in my board rack, (inside). Regrettably it wont hit the waves till December, but will be ridden with pride and awe. Once again thank you for an awesome piece of art.
A big thank you to the Grosses for giving me such an awesome project, and also to all the other lovely people who have commissioned me to paint various artworks during the year, your support has been invaluable and makes it possible for me to make a living doing what I love.
Russell Ord is a big-wave surf photographer from Margaret River. He’s known for charging monstrous waves with camera in hand and gets in deeper than all the other lightweights to capture awesome images like this:
I met up with Russell a few weeks ago and he offered me his surf helmet for a good dose of custom painting. I had a blast painting it, and got to paint my first brain and maggots combo… which was a strangely satisfying and fun thing to do.
The helmet went from this:
Big thanks for Matt Fieldes Photography for the awesome photos of the finished helmet.
So… it’s been a while between blogs, but by gad do I have a good excuse! Whilst I was busy holidaying around on Norfolk Island in early January, I received an email from the crew at OnWilliam with an intriguing proposition – to be the first artist to create a Street Snaps photo booth for the Laneway Night Markets that coincide with the awesome Fringe World Festival at the end of Jan.
The booth was going to be 3m x 3m which sounded reasonable to someone with no spacial awareness like myself. It was only when I got back to Perth and marked it out in my living room that I realised just how big that really is. This was to be the biggest thing I’d ever created and what followed is a long (Ok, two week long) tale of trials, tribulations and derring-do.
I had to come up with a concept for the booth and then basically set it like a stage. My idea was to create a sort of rip-off Victorian era freakshow complete with silly dress ups and creepy props. On paper it was easy:
Coming up with the concept and the plan was simple, but figuring out what to paint ON was a different story; most papers and canvas didn’t come in big enough sizes. My first brainwave was to paint on 3m x 2m painter’s drop sheets. So I went to the hardware store and bought about nine square meters of the stuff and convinced Mr Fieldey to help me paint an undercoat layer on them on a 37ºC day in the middle of our driveway… Tempers were frayed and a crap-ton of white paint was spilt over our rental house driveway and I realised the weave of the fabric was too coarse and WHOSE GREAT IDEA WAS THIS ANYWAY?
The next big brainwave was to paint on vinyl banners, which came in the right size and had a nice and smooth texture for painting on. I spent a day and a half painting a giant squid man on one of them, brushed my hands off in satisfaction, only to have the paint start to peel and flake in the evening. And I had one week, ONE WEEK to finish these things! Moral to that story kids: Do your research first before painting on strange surfaces.
After that failed, I did the only thing a human being could do and that was freak out, pull myself together and start again from scratch. I decided to paint the banners at a scaled down size and then have them printed at full size. This worked – it only took half as long, and the artwork at normal size looked very schmick, though with my current run of luck I was expecting them to print lime green or completely fuzzy.
At the eleventh hour I decided to use Mr Flaky vinyl banner numero uno as a sign for the outside of the booth. I painted a cool typographical message saying: “Fieley’s Freaks”. It took me at least 3 hours to realise I’d spelt my bloody name wrong. I should point out that spelling things wrong happens to me with alarming regularity. What followed was more swearing, cursing and re-painting.
Amazingly enough, by 10am on Saturday morning it had all come together, the banners were picked up from the printers (not as good as the originals mind, but not too bad), I had a swag of silly costumes, hats and día de los muertos masks and had run around picking up tables, chairs and an antique suitcase from 3 different people around Perth. So I got by with a little (ie. LOT OF) help from my friends; borrowing props, costumes, gaffa tape and C-stands to hang the banners off and generally running around like a headless chook.
Mr Fieldey and I spent 3 hours on a very hot Saturday morning putting the booth together at the markets. I had no idea wether it would work, or if people would use it. But when we came back later at night to pack everything away… people were lining up to go in and have their photos taken! Total stoke! They had to turn people away because the markets were closing. I was so chuffed to see people in there, being silly and hamming it up in the costumes and leaving with a smile on their faces.
Here’s some photos of people getting freaky in the photobooth:
Well, well, well… what do we have here? Fieldey in a magazine is what we have here! Can you feel the stratospheric levels of stoke from where you are?
My good mate Ara Jansen interviewed me for Rock Candy Magazine a few months ago, and along with an awesome photo by Matt Fieldes Photography here’s the finished result – you can read it online: http://issuu.com/rockcandymagazine/docs/rc_03 I’m right at the back on pages 102 – 103.
There’s no completed work to be posting this week, but we recently moved into a rad 1950’s pad, with high ceilings that were just made for people who paint surfboards. Here’s a shot of my new studio which has enough room for me to dance around naked and indulge in some rapid-fire body popping should the mood take me. Note the stylish rabbit board stop.
I’ve been a bit superstitious about the whole move and have had to get over the insane belief that my painting powers are tied to the bedroom in our old house where I used to paint. After fretting and procrasting for a couple of weeks, I sketched up a design for a re-vamp of the original Fish Wife on this sweet little fish surfy I picked up a couple of months ago. Here is the original sketch as well as some progress photos… I’ve been so indecisive that the main character’s kimono has changed colour twice and so has the lotus.
I’m still stuck on the kimono colour… any ideas?