Wollongong-based artist and designer Claire Foxton will take up her paintbrushes to give Moruya a burst of colour at the end of next week.
Ms Foxton, known for her public art in Australia, New Zealand and the US, will paint a mural at the corner of Vulcan and Church Streets on the Moruya Pharmacy wall as part of the River of Art Festival, September 18-27.
With a distinctive mix of abstract and realistic techniques, Ms Foxton’s painted murals explore a site-specific narrative often concerned with the connection of people to place.
Through considered colour palettes and acute attention to textural details, her work draws the viewer into a deeper conversation responding to land, story and identity.
Most known for her vivid photo-realistic portraiture, the chosen subjects are often local identities, who through their actions and strength of character, remind viewers of shared humanity.
A River of Art spokesperson said the Moruya mural was possible thanks to collaboration with the Moruya Business Chamber and the owner of the pharmacy.
Funding for all five murals comes from the $25,000 grant provided by the Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund, established by the council in January 2020 to support the community’s recovery from the Black Summer Bushfires.
Other artists involved in the REVIVE mural series include Tim (Phibs) de Hann, Cheryl Davison (Overton) and Bjarni Wark.
“REVIVE is a collaborative project with the towns’ business chambers as well as the Oyster Festival, each of the murals will reflect this year’s festival theme, resilience and renewal,” the spokesperson said.
“Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s festival will still feature the River of Art Prize, Open Studios, workshops and exhibitions in addition to the new REVIVE event.”
River of Art will run September 18-27.
Image: ‘Mama Tu-Tu’ by Claire Foxton. Photo credit: Andrew Volk