Murals light up Hamilton after Boon Street Art Festival

Elliot O'Donnell, aka Askew One, spent last week transforming the plain wall behind him into a work of art.
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Elliot O'Donnell, aka Askew One, spent last week transforming the plain wall behind him into a work of art.

The dark brick wall is no more. 

In its place is a mural with pink, green and blue splashes and a face peering back at those who wander along Collingwood St.

Elliot O'Donnell - professional name Askew One - spent three days layering the Hamilton wall in paint.

The Collingwood St wall after Askew One was finished with it.
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The Collingwood St wall after Askew One was finished with it.

He used a photograph of Hamilton woman, known as Te Ata, as inspiration for his creation.

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"I was looking for somebody and I wasn't finding anyone so I mentioned on social media that I was looking and then friends started texting me about people they knew here who might be down."

This piece on the corner of Anzac Pd and Victoria St is by Techs.
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This piece on the corner of Anzac Pd and Victoria St is by Techs.

O'Donell has been doing large scale murals since 2010 and graffiti since 1992.

He started portraiture during a residency in Miami.

Naturally, her started with himself but soon started looking for other people to paint. 

This piece at the south end of Victoria St is by Paul Be.
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This piece at the south end of Victoria St is by Paul Be.

"I'm not so narcissistic that I want to paint pictures of myself everywhere. I did a couple and then I was like, no, this going to get boring really fast."

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His murals are largely unplanned before he gets to the site. He tends to find people in the environment where he is working and paints them.

"It's really hard to pre-empt what type of wall you're going to work on, what materials you're going to be working with.

"I kind of extended that chaos into not deciding who I'm going to paint until I get there ... usually people kind of reveal themselves in this slightly serendipitous kind of way. I like that. 

"I think I'm going to start painting people from other places, in each place, so the theme of my work has been a lot about displacement and drifting people. 

The Owen family on the mural trail, from left, Gideon, 6, Malachai, 5, Kalil, 2, mum Daphiney, and Benaiah, 7.
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The Owen family on the mural trail, from left, Gideon, 6, Malachai, 5, Kalil, 2, mum Daphiney, and Benaiah, 7.

"It would be more interesting to start painting people in total opposite locations, taking someone from here and painting them in the US or Europe."

The mural was one of 11 painted throughout the city as part of the Boon Street Art Festival. 

 

This piece on Ward Lane is by Sean Duffell.
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This piece on Ward Lane is by Sean Duffell.

 - Stuff

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