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Currently the Eureka Hotel is in the process of getting a massive street art makeover by some of Melbourne’s best street artists. The artists working on the project are HaHa, Vexta, Kaffine, Drew Funk, Shida, Klara, Lucy Lucy, s-701a, and a bunch more. Somehow I was  lucky enough to also manage to get an invite to come along and be a part of it. The first order of business for myself was to do a massive 3 metre high bear on the front of the venue.

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Below are a bunch of process shots of the bear getting done.

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and a few process shots of some of the other artists at work.

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Above: Ha Ha hard at work

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Above: Kaffine in the cigar bar

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and finally Lucy Lucy sketching out a drawing for a colab with Kaffine. In my opinion this ended up being the best piece in the venue when completed.

More finished pix to come after opening night(29th June…this saturday!)…So get the word out and come have a look at some awesome street art.

NF

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Well April has come and gone in no time. But it has been a fairly productive month.

The Game of Kings project that I was involved in a few years back, conceived by Simon Sherry and written by Danny Nolan has finally made it into book form. Below are some pictures of the book and the pages with my artwork. It is a beautiful book with tons of awesome artists involved as well as some stunning artwork for those into the fantasy art genre.

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The book is available here: Game of Kings book

While I am on books, Altered State the artists book that I spent much of last year coordinating has been finished and I have started to get the books out to those who took part(Some still to come!). It has taken me a while to get a few photos together. But here are a few and i’m sure you would agree that the final book was stunning with about thirty artists producing editions of 50 pages each…all hand altered! So each book becomes a beautiful one off artwork in essence. This project was an exchange project so no books are available for sale. A big thanks to David Dellafiora for helping to realize this project!

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Artists pages displayed above include: 7U?, Luke Cornish(E.L.K.), Rona Green, Anthony Lister & Regan Tamanui(HaHa).

In other news I have been busy working on a new series of paintings after my short break and have about a dozen new works done which I will reveal a little further down the track. On another tangent one of my works has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 150th Queenscliffe Anniversary Art Prize. It made the cut from over two hundred entries which is always a nice feeling!

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The Award is being judged by Geoffrey Edwards, Director of the Geelong Gallery; Susan McCulloch, writer, publisher and curator; and Anne Virgo, Director of the Australia Print Workshop in Melbourne. The opening and awarding of the $5000 Open Art Acquisitive Award will be at Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliffe on Saturday 4 May at 2pm. If your in the area or want a nice day out in Queenscliffe come down for a few wines and see some art from artists from all across Australia. My artwork will be on display at Seaview Gallery in Hesse St in Queenscliffe.

The other finalists include:

Paul Barton, Violeta Capovska, Michelina J Di Mauro, Kathy Fahey, Peter Ferguson, Tarli Glover, Kate Gorringe-Smith, PJ (Peter John) Hickman, Anita Iacovella, Debra Jackson, Gabrielle Jones, Katherine Marmaras, Eleanor Millard, Christopher Scott, Judi Singleton, Bridgit Thomas, Pip Williams, Yvonne Boag, Patrick Brady, James Caffyn, John Druce, Deborah Fisher, Brett Jackson, David Jarman, Joshua McCrimmon, Glen Smith, Jan Stickland, Phil Sutter, Anne Tompson, Sisca Verwoert, Leigha White, Margie Balazic, Mark Cairns, Darin Frankpitt, Paul Ingham, John McClumpha, John Madsen, Soula Mantalvanos, Helen Martin, Jo Reitze, Stephen Singline, Keith Smith, Paul Snell, Dennis Sonogan, Anne Spudvilas, Susan Sutton, Joel Wolter.
On that note fingers crossed for a win(Not very likely! But you never know…),

And until next time,

NF

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Yesterday while in Melbourne I popped into the Blender Studios to say hi and stayed around for Trails…a melbourne tradition and a fun night of drawing. Always a worthwhile session if your about when its on. It took place in the new Silent Army Storeroom a zine/small press outlet put together by Michael Fikaris. One of the warm ups we did to get people to be a bit looser and have fun was a surrealist drawing type of game of Chinese Whispers. Each artist had five minutes to do a drawing then would flash the drawing for five seconds to the person next to them to redraw within a minute, this repeated until all players had drawn a variation of all other artist’s artworks. Make sense? Well we found it complex too…especially after a few drinks!

Anyway below are the images (In sequence) based on my drawing of a skull made out of worms…

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Above: My Drawing

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Ha Ha

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Unknown Artist

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Shida

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Blomtrog

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Unknown Artist

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Braddock

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Not a bad way to get 81 drawings from 9 people in ten or fifteen minutes!

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I also can’t leave the Blender without leaving my mark…

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And finally the other bit of recent news is we have adopted a new little Birman kitten/cat from the animal shelter. She has been a fairly sick little one having an epileptic fit, issues walking as well as being fairly under nourished…but she is so cute, and has starting to settle in gained 500 gms in the last week alone showing a healthy appetite.

So say hi to Audrey…

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This weekend I worked at Paper City zine fair at the town hall in Melbourne presented by Sticky Institute. The day saw over 100 tables all selling zines and small press books. It is kind of interesting to see so many people interested in such an alternate practice in one place at the one time. It was really cool to catch up with the regulars, see new audiences developing and starting their journey with zines. It is also always fun to sell and swap  a few publications with the public and other stall holders.

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Below are a few pix from the day. The first one is of the whole set up from the balcony looking down.

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While this one is of my table including my new book ‘ Your conversation may be monitored for quality control‘ in the foreground.

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In other news I undertook a workshop cutting stencils for a local community center a week or two back. It was a fun day with the kids all being good to work with…and demonstrating some promising skills towards becoming the next generation of artists. However, It was the first time my participants had all been under about 12 or 13…eek! This meant that I had to do all the cutting of the designs due to the liability side of things, so for me it was like a small scale stencil sweatshop! However, the kids all enjoyed it, and I think they always seem to enjoy the spray painting part of it the most anyway.

I am still settling into my studio. I have been wanting to take a bit of a break from making art after the solo exhibition at the end of last year, so i have applied myself to doing less creative and more manual constructive tasks of late. I have always wanted an old wooded plan file, however i could never justify the expense…so I decided to build one. Not exactly is building things out of wood my strong point…but i am pretty happy with the end result.

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And finally, I just received a copy of ‘Who is Ha Ha’ small press zine produced by Michael Fikaris of silent army in Melbourne. This is a compilation book that i was invited to take part in focusing on NZ/Aust. Artist Regan Tamanui. Below are a few pics of the book and my page on the right.

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I think that is about it for now. Take it easy!

NF

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I only had little to do with this piece, but a bunch of my images made it into a cool installation over at a new space in North Melbourne called Urban Plot Projects. The large wall collage was part of an exhibition for the Melbourne Fringe festival titled Archeologies of the Future, and to officially open the space. Others with work on the wall include Pheelix, Ha Ha, Phoenix the Street Artist, Breakdown Press…plus a bunch of others. If you get over there be sure also to check out the cool over sized paper cranes made from billposters by Ben Millar in the gallery section!

And below a bit of an overview shot of the work, plus Ha Ha hard at work on it.

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Here are a few images of some of the awesome new stencils by Melbourne based street artists HaHa. I have sat on these pics for a few weeks to avoid being a spoiler…as they were taken in his studio and were for an exhibition in Brisbane. Its now opened, so i thought i would throw them up here now. They are pretty impressive being about 2.5 metres high and using up to 40 layers.

So keep your eyes peeled for his work, its well worth it!

 

Visit HaHa’s work at the Gallery >>

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About a month or so back, Blek was in Old Melbourne town for an exhibition. I’m pretty sure this is a street piece he left behind as a gift to adourn the walls of melbourne (In Hosier Lane). The Ned Kelly stencils on the left are by Ha Ha. For the same medium, its quite a contrast of styles! Anywho, just something i came across in my wanderings.

For those who don’t know Blek le Rat, he was doing stencils before Banksy.

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