A little commission on the side...

Ive been developing the new work for my 2018 solo exhibition at Heiser Gallery in Brisbane, Australia.

As a challenge I took on a small mural commission for a local performance group, who are also the operators of a fascinating shop called Mikes Werkstatt which specialises in 1920's antiques and other strange paraphernalia.

Mike and Christian are the masterminds who are creating a touring music performance and puppetry show. Of course they need a stage to perform on during their travels around Austria. So I painted a mural of a basic stage for them, in my new studio. Additionally they are building and carving a gypsy travelling caravan which will be pulled by horses, of whom they have also learnt to rear and train. 

Importantly they need help to bring the project to life. Please follow THIS LINK to view the crowdfunding campaign. Their website is Figura Magica

They are also involved in a documentary production about the journey of their travelling troupe dreams. Ive already been filmed while painting the mural and may end up appearing in the final cut. HERE is the first of several videos on YouTube about the Figura Magica adventure.

Below is a small colour study mockup of the overall design as well as the individual panels which are painted in acrylic at full size.

The complete mural is more than 4 metres in height and 3.5 metres wide. Mike and Christian will add all kinds of other interesting additions to this basic mural set up including curtains, lanterns, puppets and moving parts as well fully developed real gold leaf elements.

 Quick colour study of the mural in a basic outdoor setting

Quick colour study of the mural in a basic outdoor setting

 Upper section. The difference between each panel is because they are photographed separately and grafted together afterward with photoshop. Each plywood panel is a little warped at this stage as are not yet braced and so there is some glare and tonal variation.

Upper section. The difference between each panel is because they are photographed separately and grafted together afterward with photoshop. Each plywood panel is a little warped at this stage as are not yet braced and so there is some glare and tonal variation.

 This detail gives a better sense of the colour relationships as well as the resolution. The mural is supposed to carry itself from a distance, I enjoyed this more painterly approach.

This detail gives a better sense of the colour relationships as well as the resolution. The mural is supposed to carry itself from a distance, I enjoyed this more painterly approach.

 Bottom section. The wood panelling was really fun on these areas

Bottom section. The wood panelling was really fun on these areas

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