‘Pray for rain’ Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 with the good people at @muralistanbul
In 2008 my home city of Brisbane was hit with level 6 water restrictions following over a decade of drought. At it’s peak our cities water supply dropped to %16 and Garden hoses were banned as people were advised to only take 5 minute showers. To deal with the water shortage many city residents would shower with buckets, collecting the excess soapy water so they could use it to wash their cars and water their gardens.
While Queenslanders were showering with buckets South Turkey and the Levant region was 2 years into it’s own drought, a drought which a decade on has grown into the worst on record and possibly the worst in 900 years. A NASA study published by the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres suggests that the severe drought conditions in the Middle East have had a "catalytic effect" for the upheaval and conflict that eventually gripped Syria.
This work uses humour and realist imagery to tell an Australian story outside of it’s usual context and setting. By drawing links between ongoing drought in Australia and the Middle East the artist aims to demonstrate our connection in the struggle against climate change and the challenges we face going into the future.
Istanbul day 4
Sketching in Istanbul with @muralistanbul
View from my office today. @willoke_urbanart_festival
Work in progress for @willoke_urbanart_festival
Night vision with @urbanvisionfestival
'Drowning while standing' new mural in Acquapendente, Italy for @urbanvisionfestival
In 2016 a report released at the UN climate change conference in Marrakech stated
that Young people aged 18-25 say they are more concerned about climate change than the economy, terrorism, unemployment or any other issue.
As rising sea levels, increased aridity and coral bleaching become a visible global reality it’s easy for young voters to feel ignored by politicians and policy makers who continually focus on the needs of baby boomers and older voters. As inaction on climate change continues many young people are being locked out of stable employment and housing while being forced to deal with rising education costs and rising sea levels.
Many young people now feel unheard, disconnected from politics, and increasingly cynical about the future of the planet.
This painting set in the context of the US pulling out of the Paris agreement depicts a young man drowning while standing. His face is incased in plastic as rising water levels engulf his face, suffocate his voice and render him mute and breathless.
'Walking in Circles' new mural in Waterford, Ireland for @waterfordwalls
Work in progress for @waterfordwalls Ireland
Memories from Lebanon with @aptarts and @selinamiles
Good morning Beirut
'The traveler' new mural in Monteleone Di Puglia, Italy with @willoke_urbanart_festival
Monteleone di Puglia is a small village of 800 citizens and 2 refugee centres, one is for families with 20 guests and another for unaccompained minors with 15 guests; Most of the refugees come from Morocco and Gambia and are between 13 and 18 years old. The refugee centre’s in the village are different from others in Italy as residents have freedom of movement while their applications for Asylum are being processed. The Monteleone Municipality treats the refugees as guests because Monteleone has a long history of migration to Canada and United States, giving many locals the desire to give back what they received. The Mayor of Monteleone Giovanni Campese also believes that refugees may be the only way to repopulate the village, as many young people continue to leave the territory.
Despite the hospitality of the people of Monteleone many other new migrants in Italy face an uncertain future. After a long and dangerous journey through Libya and an even more dangerous sea-crossing many refugees face discrimination and difficult economic prospects when they arrive. In a country with %35 youth unemployment many worry there is no future for migrants in a country with high unemployment and a stagnant economy. Small towns may be the key, as young Italians continue to move to cities to work and study migrants may help maintain the populations of villages in rural Italy.
Drawing reference from from other social realist painters, this mural shares the story of an immigrant from Gambia who worked as a shoe repairer and Tailor. When asked about his hopes for the future his primary concern was finding work and starting a family.
In the mural the subject presents a hand full of fabrics to display his eagerness to work. The left panel of the split composition focuses on his legs. Drawing attention to the long journey so many refugees and migrants undertake and putting emphasis on the subject as a traveler.
After the rain. Memories from Istanbul.
Work in progress for @urbanvisionfestival in Aguapendente, Italy
Good morning Italy
I am honored to be featured in this months issue of @juxtapozmag this has been a long time dream of mine and to make the cover is amazing. Massive thanks to @epricco for the interview and @callie_marshall for the mugshots.
Little video by the incredible @gabbydadgostar of my paint pour experiments.
Montreal, Canada 2017. Massive thanks to @muralfestival for having me and @halopigg for helping with the shots. Also thanks to @amandinepsn and @peeblesparadise for modeling. Montreal has been one of my favorites. Much love.