Artistic WA duo selected to paint gallery wall
  • Tuesday 26 July 2016
andrew frazer, first coat, horizon festival, caloundra regional gallery

Image: Andrew Frazer, The Long Road (detail)

Artists Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Andrew Frazer from Western Australia will head to the Sunshine Coast to make their mark on the Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Council, in conjunction with partner First Coat, launched a national call out in June for expressions of interest from artists to create an artwork on the 14 metre long exterior wall of the gallery. The installation of the work will be a feature of the inaugural Horizon Festival in September.

Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Andrew Frazer were selected from more than 40 applications received from across the nation.

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a multi-disciplinary artist, well known for his unique figurative and abstract based works. Andrew Frazer is an illustrator, designer and muralist who produces provoking characters and narrative based art.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said this project would leave a lasting impression, not only on the exterior wall of Caloundra Regional Gallery, but also on the streetscape of Caloundra.

“We have some exceptional public art murals across the Coast and this one will be a wonderful addition,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The quality of entries received was exciting to see and the task of selecting the winner was a difficult one.

“The winning artists were chosen for the strength of their collaboration and national and international experience.”

“I look forward to seeing the mural take shape during the opening weekend of the Horizon Festival.”

First Coat director Grace Dewer was thrilled with the quality of applications received from across Australia.

“Applications rolled in from across the country, as far as Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, the Northern Rivers and Toowoomba,” Ms Dewer said.

“More than 40 applications were received from artists, all hoping to paint the large-scale mural on the gallery wall and receive the $10,000 commission.

“After much deliberation by the selection panel, Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Andrew Frazer were successful with their collaborative application.”

The 14 metre long mural will be created early September as a part of Horizon festival.

In addition to the Regional Art Gallery wall painting, First Coat will be delivering three further mural projects, during Horizon festival in September. In partnership with the council, First Coat’s Regional Activation will focus on local artists to transform public space in Caloundra’s CBD. 

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More information on First Coat

First Coat is a Queensland based creative initiative, driven by making arts and culture accessible through the transformation of public space.

First Coat encourage community engagement and conversation, with a strong interest in the role public art plays in social change and urban development.

First Coat Mural Festival is an annual showcase of contemporary public art, hosted throughout the city of Toowoomba.

Year round, First Coat facilities murals projects across Queensland, with a passion for activating regional areas. 

Artist Bio – Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Perth. He is well known for his unique figurative and abstract based works.

Kyle Hughes-Odgers originally began creating artwork on the street across cities in Australia during the early 2000’s. Progressing his work both on and off the street, Kyle held his first sold out major solo exhibition with Turner Galleries in Perth Western Australia, 2010. This launched a path of exhibitions and public art commissions across the world – including solo exhibitions in Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid and Los Angeles. His work is held in numerous private and public collections worldwide.

In addition to his exhibition works, Kyle has been involved in large scale public art projects internationally: New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, Berlin, Cambodia and at home in Australia including the gigantic work ‘From Above’ a 6m x 80m exterior painting for the Perth International Airport.

In 2013 Kyle Hughes-Odgers and Meg Mckinlay (Author) won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia/New Zealand for the children’s book Ten Tiny Things published through Fremantle Press. He currently has 4 children’s books published in Australia / NZ by Fremantle Press.

Artist Bio – Andrew Frazer

Andrew Frazer is a full time illustrator, hand letterer, designer & muralist that ignites the imagination through his thought provoking characters and narrative based art.

With a passion for story-telling Andrew’s art often engages the audience on a very personal level welcoming the viewer into a conversation that discusses shared human emotions. With an international cliental, Andrew continues to grow in confidence & influence.

Andrew is also the Founder and Creative Director of Six Two Three Zero that runs the annual Bunbury street art festival – Re.Discover.