Bendigo art gallery goes off the walls

PSYCHEDELIC: Artist Brendan Purser and Arnold Street gallery owner Susan McMinn in front of Mr Purser's piece. Picture: NONI HYETT

PSYCHEDELIC: Artist Brendan Purser and Arnold Street gallery owner Susan McMinn in front of Mr Purser's piece. Picture: NONI HYETT

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A truck driver and armchair physicist has painted a psychedelic mural in vibrant colours on the wall of a north Bendigo gallery. 

Brendan Purser’s piece is the latest to go up on the exterior wall of the Arnold Street Gallery. But Susan McMinn said it was only one way in which the gallery was breaking down boundaries between graffiti and art.

From intricate drawings to vibrant paintings 

Brendan Purser’s drawings rarely take him less than 12 months to complete. 

Fueled by readings on astronomy and particle physics, he described his intricate drawings as “epic sagas”. 

But in an effort to do less “hibernating in the studio”, the Spring Gully father-of-two is channelling his creative drive onto the walls of Bendigo. 

In October Mr Purser was commissioned to paint Chancery Lane. 

His latest abstract mural of geometric shapes and vibrant colours was painted onto the side of the Arnold Street Gallery this week. 

Gallery owner Susan McMinn said the piece was the most recent in a series of murals on the wall which would rotate every few months. 

“I liked the psychedelic colours and the patterns – that’s more the street art we’re looking for rather than words or tags,” she said.

The first two artists to to paint the wall would soon see their work inside the gallery. 

‘Marcsi’ would feature in an end of year exhibition while ‘Mr Dimples’ was set for a solo show from January 10 to 28.

During that time Mr Dimples would host a paste-up workshop, with works from those classes to appear on the wall, Ms McMinn. She said other artists whose works had been selected to hang in the gallery had also expressed interest in painting the building’s exterior as well. 

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