Mural set to empower, inspire
Street art is becoming ‘‘a thing’’ around bigger cities in the country, and Invercargill artist Kieran Burtenshaw, aka Murky Murk, hopes the city can jump on board.
He thinks street art and murals are becoming popular in big cities like Melbourne, but also Christchurch and Wellington.
‘‘The culture is more there. Street artists deserve to have a space.’’
He wants to bring out what makes Invercargill great, and in attempting to make Invercargill a brighter, more vibrant city he is proposing to bring international artist Jason Parker to the city to create a mural on Spey St.
Bringing in an international artist would step up the quality and inspire people more, he said.
The planned artwork would depict a girl’s face looking at the sun, which Burtenshaw believes will be empowering, inspirational and beautiful.
He saw Parker as the perfect fit because of his well-known portraits.
Parker said as a Kiwi living in Melbourne, he had always had the desire to produce artworks in his home country.
‘‘New Zealand will always be my spiritual home and I constantly miss it. To have the opportunity to come paint and leave my mark is an opportunity I would cherish.’’
The two artists had known each other for a while, and Parker believes they have their eyes on the same goal.
‘‘I’m known for my vibrant colours and thoughtful designs,’’ Parker said. ‘‘I want to help liven [and] brighten up the city with a mural that honours its surroundings.
‘‘With the projects I have worked on in the past, it really becomes a talking point and a drawcard for the city.’’ He began his career as an artist about a year after he moved to Melbourne from Auckland and leaving his job as a graphic designer.
‘‘My artwork usually revolves around visual metaphor-type portraiture. I use the portrait as a base to layer on various thoughts and feelings. I describe my work as ambiguously evocative and emotive.’’
The proposed mural would cost about $13,500 for flights, accommodation, resources and wages. It is early days, but so far Burtenshaw has about $2000 towards the project and is looking for sponsors.
If he reaches his target, painting will start in February.
Invercargill artist Kieran Burtenshaw, aka Murky Murk, at the mural site on Spey St.