PROUD RE­TURN

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Michael Traill

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist Jerome Daven­port has re­turned to his roots to cre­ate a world-class mu­ral in­spired by Wick­epin Pri­mary School stu­dents.

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist Jerome Daven­port has re­turned to his roots to cre­ate a world-class mu­ral in­spired by Wick­epin Pri­mary School stu­dents on their own grounds.

Watched on by stu­dents in awe and proud par­ents, Daven­port spent four days cre­at­ing the mu­ral last week.

“I al­ways base (my work) around na­tive fauna and flora, that re­ally stems from com­ing from a farm­ing back­ground and be­ing im­mersed in the bush,” he said.

“Ba­si­cally they (WPS stu­dents) sub­mit­ted some de­signs, from there (WPS prin­ci­pal Bree Short) Bree com­piled that into a brief and I cre­ated some­thing based off that.”

The 28-year-old is cur­rently liv­ing in Lon­don but was born in Nar­ro­gin and raised in Wick­epin.

He even at­tended WPS kin­der­garten, and prin­ci­pal Bree Short be­lieves he is about to take off and be­come a ma­jor name in the world of art. “He’s a lo­cal it’s great for our com­mu­nity and our stu­dents to see some­one that has come from our town that is on the world stage, and that life can lead you any­where,” she said. “We asked the kids, ‘what do you think could be put on the mu­ral’. We had lots of dif­fer­ent de­signs sub­mit­ted.

“The most preva­lent thing, other than uni­corns and the West Coast Ea­gles, was farms and our school em­blem.

“It is a link to our farm­ing and to our farm­ing fam­i­lies, it’s great to see the kids come out and watch Jerome and be part of the process.

“We’re lucky to get Jerome as he’s on the brink of world dom­i­na­tion.”

Pic­ture: Wick­epin Pri­mary School

The fin­ished mu­ral.

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