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Mural makeover for 13-metre wall

Friday, 15th January, 2016

Graffiti and mural artist Damien Mitchell getting ready to paint the 13-metre wall on the corner of Oxide Street and Wolfram Lane. Graffiti and mural artist Damien Mitchell getting ready to paint the 13-metre wall on the corner of Oxide Street and Wolfram Lane.

A New York based graffiti and mural artist is in Broken Hill to paint a 13-metre mural.

Damien Mitchell, who was born in Wagga, has travelled the world from Melbourne to Prague embellishing public spaces with his own unique style. 

He now resides in New York contributing to the famous and vibrant street art scene. 

Damien recently came back to Australia to visit family and realised he hadn’t painted much in the country.

“I contacted the Broken Hill Art Exchange to see if they had any walls that needed painting,” he said.

“It turned out that an owner of a building had contacted them looking for someone to paint a mural on their wall.

“So it really came together.”

Damien will spend the rest of the week painting a mural on the wall on the corner of Oxide Street and Wolfram Lane.

The theme for the Broken Hill mural is based around photos that Damien will take of local people.

“I noticed that Broken Hill has a fair few murals and they have a lot of history in them.

“Mine will have a more contemporary feel. I’ve captured some Broken Hill residents and hope to paint them in natural poses.”

Damien said he hopes to reflect the diversity of Broken Hill.

The Broken Hill Print Collective will host Damien, after the artist made contact with the group.

The mural was a private commission organised through The Broken Hill Art Exchange who has also provided the material and community support for this project.

“His method of approach in the past has been to use numerous stencils which have been colour-separated, these then combine to form one realistic image,” spokeswoman for the Broken Hill Print Collective, Salma Peisto said.

But as these works have gotten bigger and now take up the whole wall Damien’s technique is freehand. 

“For large scale work a grid is used to scale up the works although the end picture has the same look and style as the stencil work,” Damien said. 

“When painting with spray paint, it comes together quite quickly.

“The weather won’t be an issue, you can do it in the heat or cold, but your hand freezes up. The wind isn’t an issue and the paint still sticks when it rains.”

He said this grid technique is one picked up while at high school from his Year 7 art teacher. 

Damien said anyone interested in this style of work is more than welcome to go down and watch him.

He will be working from 10am until sunset for the next couple of days.

To see examples of Damien’s work and to stay posted go to Facebook: Broken Hill Print Collective or Damien Mitchell or go to Instagram and search Damien__Mitchell.

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