MATTHEW Clarke’s artwork will soon be rattling its way around Melbourne’s CBD.
The Warrnambool-based artist recently won a Festival Melbourne competition and his design will now feature on a Melbourne tram from October.
Lost in Melbourne beat 180 entries to win the emerging talent category of the city’s tram art project.The 30-year-old’s entry will be transformed into a 25 metre sticker and plastered on a tram.
The colourful abstract piece is Clarke’s interpretation of what it is like to be in Victoria’s largest city.
“My painting is about Melbourne’s size, colours, proportions, life and streetscape which, as an artist from the country, can be both exciting and overwhelming,” he said.
Having a disability does not hinder the Outlaw Gallery artist either.
“As an artist with a mild intellectual disability and mental illness, I am proud to show that having a disability is not a barrier for creating great art,” Clarke said.
And while fellow artists struggle to define Clarke’s style, he said it was just his interpretations of life around him.
“People describe my style as naive, action-style painting,” he said. “This is just my way of describing the world around me. I like telling stories in my art.”
This is just my way of describing the world around meMatthew Clarke