How to create a ‘no-holds-barred’ portrait of your favourite band in six easy steps


Posted March 09, 2018 13:03:49 I’ve been making a portrait of my favourite band for the past few years. 

For the past six years, I’ve painted the band logo, a giant ‘X’ in the shape of the logo on a giant canvas, with the band name, their artwork and their name on it. 

In 2014, I painted the group’s logo and the name on a piece of chalkboard I’d been working on. 

It was a piece called ‘Might As Well’. 

I’d painted it because I was bored and wanted to keep painting until I had something really good.

A few years later, I came across this painting on the internet of a group of women wearing hoodies and T-shirts that read ‘We’re Not Here For You’. 

It struck me as a perfect canvas for my ‘No-Holds-Barred’ painting.

The group are called the ‘Kilburn and South Perth’ and are known for playing a string of concerts and performances over the past decade. 

The name of the painting is also a reference to the lyrics of the song ‘Klutzy’ by The Beatles.

It was inspired by a quote from a band member in a blog post by the group, ‘We’re not here for you, we’re here for us.’

So, to me, the artwork for ‘No Holds Barred’ was a bit of a ‘I told you so’ moment. 

I decided to put it in the gallery and give it a go.

When I put it on the wall, it was like seeing an actual painting. 

There’s a sense of history and history-making there.

I thought, ‘I want to do something like this.’

So, I had to put some work in. 

After months of hard work and some experimentation, I’m happy to say that I’m now the proud owner of the No Holds-Barrel painting of the Kilburn and Adelaide Street Art Festival, The Black Box.

And this was just my first time painting a band’s logo.

What’s your favourite piece of Kilburn street art?

[Featured Image by Paul Ritchie/Hodder & Stoughton]

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