Painting up a Storm

– by Alfindy Agyputri

I was walking down the library lawn at Curtin when I heard some music playing and my eyes caught a colourful piece of art in front of a man who was dancing along with the hip hop music. The painting looked like it was almost done. I must’ve missed the whole act. Too bad, because I think it’s such a good idea – working on your painting as you perform a dance. It’s something different that engages people with two interesting things – a dancing act and painting, and also music! Sometimes, to watch someone paint, can be boring. But with dance and music, it enlightens up the mood. And it’s a multi-talent skill. He must have some sort of choreography, not just for the dance moves, but also on the steps of his painting process – which part to paint after one move.

The painting itself is colourful, somewhat matches with the hip hop dance. In the ultimate piece, we can see that there’s a football athlete wearing a purple uniform in the painting, also a close up of the someone’s face, a bird or eagle, Superman, and some other images, but he used an abstract background to start with, and originally, there was a trophy underneath the close-up face, and a stop sign on top of a palm underneath the eagle. He added some more paints to make another images out of the initial images. It looks like graffiti or mural you usually find on the street. The one that tells a story, of course.

Later on, I found out that the painter, Phil Doncon, is a Fine Arts graduate from Curtin University. It’s so nice of him to perform at where he was from. There’s a YouTube video of the time lapse of him painting. It looks really cool. You can see a story going, how he jumps from one image to another, and even creates a new image out of a different one. For some reason, looking at the ultimate piece, how the images lining up from left to right – Superman, an eagle, a face of a man, an athlete – reminded me of evolution, how they have an ape that slowly turn into a man. I don’t think it’s the story he’s telling, but that’s what it reminded me of. That’s what you can enjoy out of a painting. It tells a story that can be read in various different interpretations.

You can check out the YouTube video of Doncon’s act below!

Photo credit: Curtin University

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