Got it Covered
The cover image relates to one of the biggest events on Melbourne’s summer sporting calendar, the Australian Open (14–28 January).
'But I’ve tried to reflect all the things that we see in summertime in Melbourne in the layers of the hand,' says the artist. 'If you look closely, you’ll see lots of things you might recognise.'
There’s ice cream and music, the MCG and Luna Park, penguins and seagulls. Plus, there’s street art, the artistic form where Paink’s career started and the one for which Melbourne is best known. 'It’s kind of an organised chaos,' he says.
Paink lives with his wife and son in North Balwyn, close to where he grew up. When it comes to inspiration, exercise is important. Each day, he goes to the gym or runs with his staffy, Koh, around the neighbourhood.
'I get inspired when I draw by listening to music,' says Paink. 'All genres, depending on the vibes I’m trying to get for the types of things I’m painting, but mostly hip-hop and rap.
My son’s three, and I love seeing how he responds to painting and paint. He’s so free and interested and spontaneous – that’s inspiring for me, too.'
Paink’s works were recently exhibited at Compendium Gallery in Armadale, and are still available for purchase.