Daniel Purvis


The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - UP FRONT - Words katie spain pic­ture matt turner

WHO Meet the il­lus­tra­tor who cre­ated the win­ning de­sign in our Youth Is­sue Cover De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion. ORI­GIN Purvis grew up in Ade­laide’s east­ern sub­urbs and has lived in the same Roys­ton Park home his en­tire life. “I’m still at home with my par­ents,” the 28-year-old says. SNAPSHOT An il­lus­tra­tor by trade, Purvis says his child­hood mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Ade­laide’s ‘burbs was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind his emo­tive cover en­try. “Dad has al­ways been a pho­tog­ra­pher so I’ve got thou­sands of pho­to­graphs — that’s not an ex­ag­ger­a­tion,” he laughs. “Some of them are re­ally bor­ing… I mean, the pho­to­graph that I’ve re­drawn (for the cover) is ac­tu­ally a re­ally bor­ing im­age of me stand­ing in front of a tent when I was 10. ...the pho­tos don’t rep­re­sent any of the fun or en­joy­ment that I was hav­ing at the time. The pho­to­graph is only a snapshot — it’s not re­ally in­dica­tive of the mem­ory you have, which is dif­fi­cult to nail down.” THE JOUR­NEY Purvis ad­mits he was born to draw. “I was al­ways cre­at­ing HOMEWARD HOUND “In re­vis­it­ing these im­ages I’ve been un­lock­ing the mem­o­ries that shape the way I think of Ade­laide — as a beau­ti­ful, friendly, ad­ven­tur­ous city where camp­ing and cook­ing damper in the back­yard made a reg­u­lar weekend an amaz­ing weekend.” The large black dog is Meg, the fam­ily’s beau­ti­ful, larger than life labrador. “I wanted to show the im­pact that she had on my life as a kid,” he ex­plains. “She passed away a few years ago, a cou­ple of days be­fore Christ­mas. It was quite sad… she was our sis­ter — that’s how we con­sid­ered her.” stuff... al­ways do­ing things. I’ve still got this poster from when I was a kid — this big MDF board with a pic­ture of Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles on the front and on the back it has all my scrawl­ing from when I was a kid.” RE-DRAW The doo­dling young lad put down his pen­cil when he went to Ade­laide Univer­sity to study a Bach­e­lor of Me­dia de­gree. “I fell out of (il­lus­tra­tion) be­cause I didn’t know what ca­reers were avail­able,” he ad­mits. “I only found out five years ago that il­lus­tra­tion is ac­tu­ally a pro­fes­sion!” PER­FECT PAGES Un­ful­filled by a stint in PR, Purvis re­turned to study in 2009 to com­plete an il­lus­tra­tion course at Uni SA. He’s got the goods (ob­vi­ously) and now works full­time as an il­lus­tra­tor and de­signer based at Tooth and Nail Stu­dios. He also runs pub­lish­ing house Stolen Projects, which pro­duces books, ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logues, brand­ing for fel­low artists and pub­li­ca­tions such as Print Cult, a 72-page col­la­tion of work pro­duced over three years by seven Ade­laide artists. HOME SWEET HOME On July 11 Purvis launches his de­but solo ex­hi­bi­tion In Ret­ro­spect. Like his cover en­try, the il­lus­tra­tions cel­e­brate grow­ing up in Ade­laide in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Think fam­ily, Hills hoists, fish­ing at the River Tor­rens, Power Rangers and nos­tal­gia-packed sub­ur­ban scrawls. In Ret­ro­spect, July 11-24 (open­ing night 6pm), Tooth and Nail Gallery, 22-28 Coro­man­del Place, city, face­book. com/DanielPurv­isIl­lus­tra­tion

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