Street Art Journeys #2 | Gimiks Born
As promised Engage Arts is journeying through the streets in search of Brisbane’s street art hotspots. This week we shine a light on the artist known as Gimiks Born. He creates bold illustrative artworks that can be discovered on walls around Australia: from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Bunbury, to Katoomba and beyond. A multi-skilled artist, Gimiks Born’s creative practice spans graphic design, illustration, street art and large-scale commissioned murals.
Gimiks Born’s deftly painted public works stop you in your tracks; his quirky characters leap, growl and climb up the walls. With an illustrative style that appears to be influenced by a love of comic books, graphic novels and anime, his mysterious characters hint at snippets of a story offering a glimpse into a fantastical world.
Brisbane is home to many of Gimiks Born’s playful murals. Anyone familiar with South Brisbane will have seen the 7 metre-tall painted pillars of the railway underpass on Merivale Street. This large-scale outdoor gallery was painted as part of the Pillars Project (2014) ahead of the G20 Summit, and Gimiks Born was selected for inclusion alongside artists Simon Degroot, Fintan Magee, Guido van Hetten, Gus Eagleton and Mik Shida, Libby Harward and Warrawa Weatherall. Gimiks Born’s work for the Pillars Project depicts a young Indigenous woman garbed in purple presiding over an enchanted forest scene. Born described this character as a mother earth figure symbolic of hope (2014).
Gimiks Born also was also commissioned to paint a mural for the City Colours Project (2014). You can spot Gimiks Born’s unmissable mural on the underpass on Creek Street in Brisbane City. One side of the underpass depicts a funky woman with bright orange hair whose wild locks flow up the wall to the roof. On the other side of the street, the wall is covered by a crane-like bird that stretches the length of the tunnel while hovering bees kept the bird company amongst the forestry scene.
Gimiks Born’s visual language includes fantastical creatures of all kinds. At Tarragindi Reserve Gimiks Born was invited by Jugglers Arts Space to cover the walls of the Tarragindi Guide Hut with friendly monsters inspired by the famous children’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Gimiks Born’s characters are a wonderful tribute Sendek’s imaginary world.
You can also find his walls in Toowoomba, as Gimiks Born is painted murals for the 2014 and 2015 annual street art festival First Coat. In May 2016 a new work by Gimiks Born will unfold in Chronicle Lane Toowoomba, and visitors to First Coat are invited to watch the artists at work.
So, when you head out in the streets today, be sure to keep an eye out for Gimiks Born’s whimsical walls!
Feature Image: Gimiks Born, First Coat, 2014. Photo by Engage Arts.
Gimiks Born – http://www.gimiksborn.com
The Pillars Project – http://www.thepillarsproject.com/#next, http://www.thepillarsproject.com/about-gimiks-born/
Jessica Hinchliffe, Brisbane’s bland underpasses transformed into colourful art galleries for G20 –
Jugglers Art Space, Where the Wild Things Are, Mural Launch
Gimiks Born Brisbane mural locations referenced in this article –
*While every attempt has been made to provide accurate information on the artist and artworks in this article, Engage Arts apologises should any of the information in this post be incorrect.