First Wall to Wall artists in­tro­duced

Benalla Ensign - - News -

The Wall to Wall fes­ti­val is get­ting closer and or­gan­is­ers are be­gin­ning to con­firm the line up of artists.

This week we will pro­file two lo­cal artists who will be dec­o­rat­ing walls in Be­nalla as part of the fes­ti­val.

Tim Bowtell

Tim Bowtell is a de­signer turned artist.

Af­ter spend­ing years in the de­sign in­dus­try he left his safety net of Gee­long and moved to Sa­maria just out­side Be­nalla where he be­gan to fo­cus on his art.

A keen drawer since child­hood he be­gan paint­ing in 2005 and has de­cide he can­not stop. graphic

He paints in a real­ist style and likes to in­cor­po­rate a strong nar­ra­tive whereever pos­si­ble.

Tim’s art has won nu­mer­ous awards and his first solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Be­nalla Art Gallery was a huge suc­cess.

He painted his first aerosol mu­ral of Gandhi as part of the 2016 Wall to Wall Street Art Fes­ti­val.

Since then he’s painted mu­rals for Win­ton Wet­lands, Vicroads, Strath­bo­gie Com­mu­nity and painted Sticks n stones for the 2017 Wall to Wall Street Art Fes­ti­val.

His stu­dio is at North East Ar­ti­sans Be­nalla where he was a found­ing mem­ber and is help­ing to cre­ate a thriv­ing arts com­mu­nity in Be­nalla.

Zeni­sis

Grow­ing up in Be­nalla, Zeni­sis was into draw­ing and paint­ing, it wasn’t un­til she moved into Mel­bourne’s north­ern suburbs that she fell in love with the graf­fiti and street art that sur­rounded her.

The pre­ci­sion, imag­i­na­tion and artis­tic free­dom in­spired Zeni­sis to start dab­bling with spray paint.

In 2015, Zeni­sis started ex­per­i­ment­ing with sten­cils, naively ask­ing her­self ‘‘how hard could it be?’’ not re­al­is­ing that in or­der to cre­ate these pieces, she would have to think five moves ahead be­fore spray­ing — this was the type of Zeni­sis loved.

Zeni­sis’ first piece was a por­trait of her part­ner, which used a sim­ple black and white scheme to recre­ate a pho­to­graph. From this, Zeni­sis was born. The style that Zeni­sis once classed as ‘‘cheat­ing’’ had lit a fire within and pushed her to­wards sheer in­ten­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion of mas­ter­ing the art­form.

She draws in­spi­ra­tion from artists like Banksy, 23rd Key and E.L.K who have dom­i­nated in the street art scene. artis­tic chal­lenge

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