Three artists will be bringing classic artworks to life on the streets of Adelaide over the next six weeks as they use chalk to reproduce their favourite paintings from the Art Gallery of South Australia.
As part of Splash Adelaide, a campaign jointly funded by the State Government and Adelaide City Council that aims to enliven and activate the city’s streets and underused spaces over summer, two CBD sites will become outdoor art galleries – the area in front of the Art Gallery on North Terrace and in Rundle Mall, opposite Charles Street.
“This project will bring art out of the gallery and into the street, creating spaces for people to enjoy while they watch the artists at work,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.
The three artists are Andrew Clarke, Lisa King and Thom Buchanan.
Andrew is a South Australian artist who works with a variety of media including oil, watercolour and Chinese ink, drawing inspiration from both western and eastern classical artistic traditions.
A self-taught artist, designer and illustrator who brings elements of street art to her work, Lisa prefers canvases of decks and longboards, with her work exhibiting a sense of playfulness.
Thom’s work is influenced by the built environment and he has been engaging audiences in new dynamic works in oils, charcoal, film and community art projects. His work has been exhibited at a number of galleries within Australia and he has also lectured at drawing workshops.
The three artists have each chosen two of their favourite artworks from a shortlist compiled by the Gallery’s director, Nick Mitzevich.
The list includes Tom Robert’s A Break Away, which has already been completed, John Glover’s A View of the Artist’s House and Garden, In Mills Plains and Van Diemen’s Land, J W Waterhouse’s Circe Invidiosa and Hilda Rix Nicholas' The Pink Scarf.
The initial two works to be chalked up started in the first week of March and will be in place for two weeks.
The second artist, Thom Buchanan will commence his two drawings on Wednesday 7th March at 9.30am in Rundle Mall. The third artwork will follow two weeks later with all three artists contributing.
“Public art brings energy and adds colour to outdoor spaces while showcasing artistic talent and these gifted artists will certainly do the artworks justice while adding their own individual style,” Stephen said.