Christmas Mural by James Price
Hurstville Interchange Open Air Gallery
December 2019 – January 2020
James Price is an internationally acclaimed artist and ‘maker’ – installation artist, video artist, illustrator, photographer, painter, documentarian, poet, writer and storyteller. James is passionate about telling stories through his art, which often mixes elements of folk art with contemporary abstraction in an effort to help connect the dots between our history, our identity and our inner ‘primal’ self.
James was selected for Council’s Temporary Christmas Murals public art project. The concept for the mural was to recontextualise the familiar iconography of ‘global Christmas’ by taking Christmas baubles and placing them within the context of the real, contemporary Australian Christmas season.
“Christmas Iconography has a particular global style, but in Australia it often doesn’t make a lot of sense to be looking at falling snow, Reindeer and Woollen hats when it’s 30 degrees out, and most of us are at the beach… While the iconic shapes of the bauble has been maintained to clearly reflect Christmas, the colour palette has been updated to reflect the contemporary summer experience of the community. We see Burnt oranges and yellows abstracting the heat, while blue suggests the pools and beaches we seek to escape the weather.” – James Price
You can find out more about James’ work on his website: https://www.theartofjamesprice.com/