Street artist Michael Black paints mural at Hobartville business Speak About Speech Pathology

LIFE and colour has been brought to the entrance and waiting room at Hobartville business Speak About Speech Pathology, with a brand new mural painted by street artist Michael Black.

Mr Black, from Parramatta, said he hoped the bright and happy mural would bring some peace to customers at this time, as the community tackles the effects of the coronavirus.

"The aim was to bring life and colour to a dull space and inspire people to be happier during COVID-19," Mr Black said.

"The reception space was shut down for a number of weeks and people had to wait in their cars for their appointment. The owner Emily Mackie thought it would be a perfect time to put a mural in the space. They have now just opened up its reception space again."

Mr Black said he enjoyed painting the mural, which took him three days, and was glad to have been given an amount of freedom to get the job done.

"I love doing interiors. And the business were really cool, they let me go up the side of the wall and up on to the roof with the mural, so I got to experiment," he said.

He said he had received similar commissions from other businesses around Western Sydney.

"I think there is a response to the grief and pain people are experiencing in isolation during COVID and a lot of artists are responding to that," he said.

"But I also do think generally with my work it carries elements of joy and elements of colour, bright colour that brings life through symbols and different colour pallets I use.

"Local businesses are wanting to update what they're doing currently, and to improve, which floods into the interiors. They're asking, how can we improve this place, especially during this time, to get foot traffic in and people through the door."

Mr Black creates original art, prints and private commissions, utilising expressive forms and techniques of mixed media. Visit his website at www.michaelblackart.com.

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