Guido van Helten to share inspiration behind his global big murals

Published 21 May 2018
Guido van Helten finished mural Guido van Helten's mural at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus.

Internationally-renowned mural artist Guido van Helten will return to Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus to give an exclusive insight into the inspiration behind his iconic, photo-realistic creations found around the world at a free public seminar on May 31.

Guido van Helten's mural at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus.

With more than 60 large-scale artworks tucked under his belt, Guido recently transformed adjoining 10-storey walls at Southern Cross University, next to Gold Coast Airport, with two lifelike figures immortalised on the Southern Gold Coast skyline.

His creative labour took 18 days, with the 43-metre tall masterpiece capturing the country’s imagination; as was the case with Guido’s previous creations throughout Europe, Asia, America and his famous Australian rural transformation of disused silos in the remote towns of Brim and Coonalpyn.

Guido said it was an honour that the University trusted him with painting the entire side of the building that overlooks North Kirra Beach.

“When you know that you’re going to be doing something very big, imposing and dominant in people’s environments, it can be very nerve-wracking.”

He spent a month at the University, hosting photography workshops across two campuses capturing compelling images within the community which informed the design concept, before raising his boom lift and dispersing 30 litres of paint using a spray gun, paintbrushes and roller.

“The act of photography forces me to engage and get to know the place and the people and the structure and it all sort of ends up blending together over the course of a week, where you engage with this puzzle and then you find the pieces and fit it together naturally, the way that it should happen,” said Guido, who graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Southern Cross University.

Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker described the artwork as a ‘stunning creative labour’.

“This painting really captures the sense of a meeting place; of community; and of the discovery that a university campus represents,” Professor Shoemaker said.

“The people depicted in the artwork are looking into their own university, literally gazing into the future.”

Event details:

Guido van Helten – in conversation

Southern Cross University alumnus Guido van Helten will drop by the Gold Coast campus for a conversation open to the public, to discuss his artistic development and creative process from works across the world - an event not to be missed.

Location: Building C lecture theatre, Southern Cross University, Southern Cross Dr, Bilinga (entry via Gold Coast Airport long term parking).

Date and time: Thursday May 31 from 1pm.

For more information and to register visit Eventbrite

Media contact: Jessica Nelson 0417288794