Baldivis is a newish suburb a few miles down the road from Rockingham, where I live. It started out with some new housing developments, a couple of schools and a small shopping mall hardly worth mentioning. Without a car, the Baldivis mall is terribly inconvenient to get to…there are only 2 buses that go anywhere near it, and 1 of them stops half a mile away.
That was then. This is now. Over the past 2 years, Baldivis’ “Stockland” shopping centre or mall has slowly been expanded and renovated. Just recently it celebrated the grand opening of a new extension. And what an extension it is. It’s gone and quadrupled its size from 7000 square metres to a whopping 29500 square metres.
I happened to visit Stockland Baldivis just last week, as the newest extension was opening to the public. As hubby parked our car outside McDonald’s, I noticed 2 great big walls filled with the most wonderful, vibrant graffiti. So, after having our lunch, and before going into any of Stockland’s shops, I took the opportunity to take some photos of the graffiti.
Here they are. I hope you’ll find them as cheerful and happy as I do.
This mural is a collaboration between 2 well-known street artists, “Beastman” aka Brad Eastman and Kyle Hughes-Odgers. Click on the hyperlinks to access their respective websites.
I hope no one tries to deface this beautiful mural, or spark off some graffiti artist turf war. I’ve seen similarly wonderful graffiti art in Perth City defaced by lowlife scumbags with no respect or intelligence. Hey, people, it’s Art and it’s meant to be enjoyed by everyone, so please respect it and leave it alone!
Loui Jover was born in April 1967 in Europe, but migrated to Australia with his family at a young age. He’s based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Loui works with ink and gouache, drawing over vintage papers, books and music manuscript. He loves using collaged paper items and old printed stock. I’m a big fan of collaged art myself, perhaps that’s why I find Loui’s work so appealing. His favourite subjects are women, specifically their faces, and he utilises the pages of vintage books as his backgrounds to convey a sense of fragility. He also paints other subjects, romantic ones such as lovers embracing or walking under umbrellas in the rain. I love his black and white ink dripping paintings, which are reminiscent of the work of graffiti artist Banksy. I also love Loui’s super-colourful, super-saturated works.
Here are some write-ups about Loui Jover’s art, which make for interesting reading:
As for me, I just want to immerse myself in Loui’s fantastic artwork. And perhaps be able to buy some of his art through Saatchi Art Online, where he is a featured artist.
Meanwhile, enjoy these examples of Loui Jover’s art, which I’ve pulled from Google.
I want them all!!
Right now I’m playing with a new iOS App called “Fragment” by Pixite LLC. You can find out more about “Fragment” on their website here :
I love how the developers describe “Fragment”, as a “prismatic” app. The word conjures up memories of early Science lessons in school, involving a glass prism and the art of bending light and splitting it into its component colours. It’s a pretty good description, but rather than try to explain the effects one can get from it, I’ll show you some images I created based on just 1 image. Of course, the possibilities are many and varied and the 3 I’m showing here are just the tip of the iceberg.
This is the original image. I ran this through another Pixite iOS App, “Tangent” (more fun to be had there, but that’s another story). The mermaid is a piece of graffiti art found in Fremantle, Western Australia. The radiating circle of white dots is from “Tangent”.
And here are several incarnations of the image, after the “Fragment” treatment.
I decided to take the last image and turn it into a pattern module. Like so.
And then, simply placed into a repeated layout, this.
My verdict? I shall certainly be experimenting more with both “Tangent” and “Fragment”, they are certainly fun to play with, provide some unexpected and surprising results, and if the resulting images can be successfully turned into seamless repeats, then that’s a real added bonus. I’m a great fan of graphic design and these 2 Apps fit right in with my design requirements. I’ve barely scratched the surface with these 2 Apps, and I can’t wait to start exploring and using their possibilities jointly in my mobile photography art.