Chancery Lane’s new mural

CREATIVE VISION: Artist Brendan Purser is working on a new council-commissioned mural in Chancery Lane. Picture: DARREN HOWE
CREATIVE VISION: Artist Brendan Purser is working on a new council-commissioned mural in Chancery Lane. Picture: DARREN HOWE

Local artist Brendan Purser and his artwork are taking over Chancery Lane.

The lane, which is renowned for having street art adorn its walls, will feature a new work by Purser and commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo.

Purser said he met council’s arts and culture coordinator Maree Tonkin with an idea before beginning.

“I had a pre-sketch ready to go. It was pretty rough because I figure out the finer details as I go,” he said.

After just two sessions, the artwork has already taken over a large portion of one wall.

“It’s just off the top of my head. I said I wouldn't mind painting the profile of a woman’s face with flowing hair,’ Purser said.

“I also wanted some surrealist angles to it. I find easier to work on larger scale because there’s more room to flow out.”

Purser will work on the mural for five more sessions before officially unveiling it.

“At the moment I can only do painting after 5pm on a Sunday and Monday,” he said. “I usually lock the gate behind me so no one can look over my shoulder.”

Purser has also painted works at the end of Chancery Lane and on the side of the Arnold Street Gallery.

It’s just off the top of my head. I figure out the finer details as I go.

Brendan Purser