Guido van Helten‘s episode features his journey to regional NSW, where he painted 7 freight train carriages with portraits of characters from the local grain milling town of Manildra, 300kms west of Sydney. The project is part of “The Wanderers“, a new TV series directed by Selina Miles, and produced by Drew Macdonald.
About The Project
His artwork, titled “Salt of the Earth” features portraits of people local to the area, painted from photographs taken by Guido during his interactions with the town. The artwork aims to celebrate the everyday characters of regional Australia. The moving canvas will send these messages across the country, hoping to surprise and pique the interest of it’s viewers, and to cast a light on a facet of Australian culture that is often overlooked.
About The Artist
Guido van Helten, hails from Brisbane and now travels the world, working as an artist and large scale muralist. Guido paints striking, realistic portraits, in a unique “watercolour” style. Guido has shown a love for exploration, having taking his work to many challenging or isolated locations, such as Iceland, Svalbard, Ukraine, Chernobyl, and many areas of regional Australia. His Brim Silo project completed in 2015 caused a spike in tourism to a struggling town in regional Victoria. The artwork was nominated for the Sulman prize for 2016, and made national news in Australia, with major coverage on both television and in print media.
About The TV Series
The Wanderers will document Guido’s creative process with a 10 minute film. The series is directed by Selina Miles and produced by Drew Macdonald. It profiles six of Australia’s most exciting street artists as they take their work on the road to various locations in and around Australia. This is a series about discovery of self; of new cultures and place; and of Australia’s next generation of contemporary artists.
For more information go to: http://followthewanderers.com
Release : Early 2017
Images by Selina Miles