JEROME DAVENPORT has been inundated with golden oldies who want to be in his Mt Lawley mural.
The 25-year-old artist had nearly finished Faces of Beaufort St when he decided he needed some more mature faces to balance the age range.
He put the call out—ironically on Facebook—and was floored by a grey-haired tsunami.
“I met all sorts of interesting people, including an 80-something woman who had worked in the kitchens in the Italian Club for over 50 years,” he says.
“There was another resident who had lived off Bulwer Street for 60 years and we had a nice chat and beer in his vegetable garden.
“Older people have lots of amazing stories to tell.”
Davenport sketches faces onto the wall and then colours them with spray paint.
Each portrait takes around three hours to complete and he has been working intermittently on the project since November’s Beaufort Street Festival.
The mural, on the wall of Barlee Street carpark, includes a diverse mix of “ordinary locals” who live or work in the area.
“We’ve got a two-year-old on there and a lady who owns a jewellery store across the road,” he says.
A self-taught artist from the Wheatbelt, Davenport is renowned for fusing graffiti art with portraiture.
His urban art has featured in several international magazines, including London Street-art Design Magazine and Raw Artists New York.
He has completed more than 30 commercial pieces around Perth and has collaborated on WA’s largest urban artwork in North Fremantle.
Davenport expects to complete Faces of Beaufort St this weekend.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK