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Blank canvas to be painted by former Dimboola resident

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Thursday, July 4 2019
Photo  Cafe Wall: Dimboola Courier; Travis and Artwork: Contributed

Blank canvas to be painted by former Dimboola resident
Former Dimboola resident Travis Price will return home later this month to paint a large mural on the exterior wall of the Dimboola Café facing the Dimboola Library.

Travis has designed the mural to recognise and acknowledge local indigenous history and culture, the Wimmera River, local flora and fauna, agriculture, and early settlement. He will be assisted by Hindmarsh Shire Youth Councillors, Dimboola Memorial Secondary College (DMSC) teachers and students, and local artists.

After completing his secondary education at DMSC, Price went on to study at the University of Ballarat then to work as a Graphic Designer. His career then moved into working as a Commercial Illustrator, a field in which he has become highly regarded.

Price has worked for an impressive list of companies including Mambo, Nike, Under Armour, Pearl Jam and Blink-182, among others.

Respected internationally for his evolution and experimentation in vector illustration, Travis has presented his work at numerous design conferences and universities including the National Gallery of Victoria. This has all been achieved while working from his home-based studio in Ballarat.

Hindmarsh Shire Council Mayor Ron Ismay is excited about the mural.

“It isn’t everyday a world-renowned artist returns to his hometown to work with local students and artists to pass on expertise and experience.

“For Travis to return to Dimboola to give his time to paint the mural is an unbelievable commitment by him and great achievement by members of the Hindmarsh Youth Council who instigated this initiative.”

Price is looking forward to the trip home.

“I am really looking forward to returning to Dimboola to paint the mural and to catch up with some old mates.

“Weather permitting, I hope to start painting on Tuesday 23 July and expect to be completed by Thursday 25 or Friday 26 July, but of course, this will be dependent on the weather.”

Making the most of his time in Dimboola, Price will spend some time talking to students at DMSC and will conduct a community presentation, with the support of the Dimboola Town Committee, on Tuesday 23rd July. This will be at the Dimboola RSL Hall from 7pm.

The talk will outline Price’s journey from Dimboola to working with some of the world’s biggest brands. Interested members of the community are encouraged to attend the presentation to hear Travis and to see some examples of his brilliant work (see below for an example in Ballarat).

The new Dimboola mural has been funded by Hindmarsh Shire Council and the Victorian Government’s FReeZA program.

Below: Travis Price, and an example of his artwork in Ballarat.


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