The artists got their brushes and cans ready at the weekend for a huge paint-in.
Lilly Nappa just lets here artwork happen. Picture: Paul Loughnan
MORE than 1000 people visited Geelong’s newest arts hub on Sunday to see street artists at work.
The old power station in North Geelong, now transformed into a street art mecca called Powerhouse, hosted its first competition with 35 artists using found objects as a base for their work.
The artists were given just under six hours to produce a piece of art on timber panels, old doors, a steam engine plate and even an old car bonnet.
Curator Ian Ballis says about 11,000 visitors had been to the Mackey St site in the past few weeks. Paul Loughnan
Geelong’s Lilly Napa, who paints under the name Cool Hand Lil and works as a bank teller by day, used her panel to create an intricate piece featuring acrylic, shellac, gold spray and collage with the female body as her inspiration.
“I never have goals, I just let it happen,’’ she said. “I usually do erotic sort of work but this being a family place I like to keep it tame.’’
For Kat Maclagan, of Northcote, inspiration came from a National Geographic photo of two wolves. She chose the car bonnet to paint.
“The rejuvenation of things is interesting,’’ she said. “Something gets broken and then something else replaces it. The old and young wolf represent that too.”
Overall winner Jack Douglas. Picture: Paul Loughnan
Overall winner, Jack Douglas, of South Melbourne, layered his paint to create a work on timber with a large heart and sharks’ teeth.
“This is all done freehand and I had a rough idea before I started,” he said. “Winning is a big confidence booster for me.”
Judge Danny Grmusa described Powerhouse as a ground breaking project.
“There wouldn’t be many joints like this around the world,” he said.
Curator of Powerhouse, Ian Ballis, said there had been 11,000 visitors to the site since he had begun counting visitations a few weeks ago.
“There are all sorts of people coming here for a look,” he said. “There are older people, families, young people. Everyone wants to see the art.”
All of the art pieces will remain on display at the Powerhouse.