I'm 26 years old, living with mum and dad. Working in a call centre selling home insurance to people who can't understand my accent and call me Malcolm. I have no money, no prospects and a fucking art degree. It wasn't supposed to be like this.
All of the above would become some of the many reasons I decided to start again and move to Australia. But in order to stay in the country and become a resident of this Disneyland of opportunity, I had to get my hands dirty, literally!
It didn't take long for me to realise that the best way for me to secure the visas I needed to stay was to work in construction.
For the past 7 years the industry has given me so much. I was able to build a great life for myself and my partner and also obtain my permanent residency and although it was not an easy road (which we will talk about another time) I will forever be in debt to the industry and the many doors it has opened for me.
So what does an artist who wants to show his appreciation do? He pours said appreciation into his craft. Thus, 'a loading bay' and 'an access' came into this world!
My goal was simple. I wanted to celebrate the construction industry by showcasing it in my style. The end result was a perfect partnership. My straight lines matched the structures in the paintings and my colour scheme brought the construction itself to life. It couldn't have went any better and I was proud to showcase them for the first time.
These will not be the only two construction inspired paintings I do. There will be more. The subject matter ties in very well with my style and there's so much more freedom with colour choice as the lines represent the object. So watch this space!
Everything I do and everything I work towards, including my career in construction, is all part of the bigger picture.
Sometimes you have to get your hands dirty to get what you want.
Thanks for reading
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