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.”
The finished mural.