About the work
To capture the true essence of Lascelles, Melbourne-based artist Rone knew that he had to learn about the town from people with a lifelong connection to it. In this work, he depicts local farming couple, Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, part of a family that has lived and farmed in the area for four generations.
Rone says that he wanted the mural to portray his subjects as “wise custodians of the land” – sage elders nurturing the town’s future with their deep knowledge, vast farming experience and longstanding connection to the area.
Completing the mural over two weeks in June 2017, the artist says that he went to great lengths to paint the mural in the 1939-built silos’ existing raw concrete tones to produce a work that would integrate sensitively into its environment. Utilising a muted monochrome palette, he added water as a blending tool to produce a ghostly, transparent effect – a signature of his distinctive painting style.
Rone Artist Bio
Born in Geelong, Victoria, Rone studied graphic art in Melbourne but fell more deeply in love with the art that he saw on the streets. While his early work involved small stencils and posters, he later graduated to freehand painting and large-scale mural work.
A seminal figure in Australia’s early street art scene, Rone is perhaps best known for his large-scale “Jane Doe” portraits, featuring beautiful young women painted onto old, decaying backgrounds. This interplay between beauty and decay is a key theme throughout his work; emphasising the fleeting nature of beauty and encouraging audiences to appreciate it while it lasts.
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