By Ilija Kljajevic
Fremantle artist Graeme Richards is no ordinary artist and his fun personality radiates through much of his WA artwork.
Originally from New Zealand, Graeme decided to take his talent down under to share his and other people’s stories in his paintings.
His most recent project was painting the East West Design building in South Fremantle on South Terrace.
Graeme has drawn many images on the building that symbolise the nationalities of staff who work in the store and their experiences.
Graeme says he wanted to create a story tracing the beginning of the warehouse till today.
“I wanted the community to look at my painting and see that I am telling a story with it,” says Graeme.
Every part of Graeme’s painting uses colours that are bright and eye-catching to people walking past the building.
“I wanted to produce an artwork that was fun and silly but at the same time told a story and was attractive,” says Graeme.
Graeme has many of his paintings viewed on social media and has had some of his paintings sold in places such as Indonesia.
His East West Design work has already got people talking online and by word of mouth.
Many residents and tourists in Fremantle stop and observe the building from the start to the end.
Peter Bright gave some positive feedback.
“This painting adds life to the City of Fremantle, and gives a sense realistic view of the store,” says Mr Bright.
Some people provided suggestions to improve the painting.
“Some of the colour was really vague and the colour should have been darker,” says Mr Morgan.
You can see Graeme’s East West Design project here: