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Old 10-08-2011, 10:38 AM
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"The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

Some of you may know that I’m a street artist working in Melbourne, Australia. This year we have started on working on canvas, using gesso / pumice as a primer. The main canvas series will be around four to five canvases 2 x 3 meters. We hope over the next couple of years there will be other ‘parts’ to be added.

We use an limited palette: lamp black, titanium white, burnt sienna (skin), burnt sienna (brown), sky blue, dark raw umber, yellow ochre, spectrum red and orange, Australian leaf – dark green, phthalo blue, Flinders blue violet light and dark, lemon yellow, some kind of pink. (From the top of my head, I may of missed one or two colours)
Mostly Art Spectrum or Rembrandt pastels and conte pastel pencils.

Due to the nature of the work and the working environment it is constantly under the title, ‘work in progress.’ Also these photos are out of date by three days. There has been much improvement of proportions and faces since.

The image is designed by Wayne (my partner in crime and the guy featured in the photos) The figures are around life size. It is the depiction of ‘The Thiasus’, which is the name of the followers of Dionysus, the wine god in Greek mythology.

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The below image is unrelated to the main canvas series but it is done on canvas using the same method. It is around 1m x 1.5 m in size.

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Re: "The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

WOW Markus! What a project! I take it you share the work? Which part is yours? Is Wayne also a member of WetCanvas?
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:03 AM
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No Wayne is not a member, but his approving of me adding our work to website. We work over each others work so it's hard to say who did what. Generally Wayne does the figures and I do background, animals and fabrics.
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I have always admired the work of pavement artists, yet again you show me something more to drool over.
Great work in more ways than one!
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Love this!!! I always really enjoy seeing works like this and this is a real pleasure to look at. Hope you posts lots more. James
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Re: "The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

Thank you for posting your work so that we can see the size and scope of this piece. It is just beautiful. If you are working on canvas, is it safe to say that it will become a permanent piece? Tell us more about what happens when you finish this.
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:34 PM
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Re: "The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

Jim & James:
Thanks for the positive feedback I will update this thread when more work is done.

Karen:
Thank you. The work is permanent, even if it gets damaged by wind or rain it can be repaired. We have no long term plans for the end result, except that we plan to be working on this series for a couple of years with the intention of traveling with it. Right now, we do not aim to sell the work so it is unlikely it will be on some wall. We may donate it to a gallery or council if they are accepting of it and under the condition it would not be sold. If not that it will go into storage and shown whenever we want, its really too early to say what will happened when we’re done.
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Great work Markus. An interesting and creative project!
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Wow! that is just amazing!!!
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very nice !
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Thanks guys, I appreciate the praise. Hopefully I'll get more up to date pictures before I post again.
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fabulous, great project!
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Amazing work! It's hard to wrap my mind around how huge this painting is! And here I sit with my 5x7" and 9x12" paintings and supports. I have yet to do a 16x20" pastel! I could never sit like that and paint. Of course i have some conditions that would make it impossible but boy is this a treat for the eye!

So glad you posted and hope to see more! Absolutely love your work!

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Re: "The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

That is so cool, awesome work! It looks like so much fun, you must get a big audience when you work? I'd love to see this in real life, must be stunning to get it up close...
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Re: "The Thiasus" street project [WIP]

Paul: Thanks!

Sara: The work is pretty big, each canvas is around 2 x 3 meters each, so its around 12 square meters. As I write the third canvas is being designed and hopefully will be working on it before the end of the year. (It will add another 2 x 3 meters bringing the total size to 18 square meters.) It can be pretty challenging working on the canvas, sitting there for hours hunched over is hard enough, but you must also deal with people, weather and the environment.

Merethe: We plan to go to Europe in the next couple of years so maybe you’ll see it in person. We do get big audiences and are pretty successful when it comes to busking with the work. So far pavement art has been the best thing I’ve ever done, although it has its down moments, it is fun and am really enjoying my life.
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