Artist Conrad Bizjak creates new Mowbray community mural

Melbourne-based artist Conrad Bizjak is back in his hometown to paint this Mowbray mural. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Melbourne-based artist Conrad Bizjak is back in his hometown to paint this Mowbray mural. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Mowbray Newsagency is looking a lot brighter thanks to a new mural by graffiti artist Conrad Bizjak. 

The mural was designed by Bizjak working with newsagency co-owner Penny Rundle, who said it was important that the artwork reflected the community. 

“We wanted to embrace some of the community icons, so it had to have a connection to the racecourse, to the local football communities, and the golf course,” she said.

“It also needed to have features in it that people in the rest of Launceston identified with Mowbray - as in, the Mowbray Hotel - and so we put all of those things together and came up with a design.

The mural represents elements of the Mowbray community, including racing, football, and golf.

The mural represents elements of the Mowbray community, including racing, football, and golf.

“I grew up in this area, so for me, my favourite part of the mural is the house. Every time I drive up Mowbray Hill I’m remembering things about growing up in this area, so the house is the core of it for me.”

Bizjak created the mural while the store was open over Wednesday and Thursday last week.

The Launceston local now lives in Melbourne, where he has painted large scale murals for clients including Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah.

However, he said he hopes this work is the first of many in his home town. 

“It’s good to get work back at home,” he said. “I did an art residency two or three months ago in Queenstown, and I’ve got a bit more flowing, so there’ll be more stuff happening in Tasmania over the next few months.”

In the meantime, you can find him at the beach.

“I’ve been flat-out over winter so I’m thinking maybe some Bali and diving,” he said.

Follow Bizjak on Instagram at @conrad_bizjak. 

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