Jimmi Buscombe CV 2022
statement of practice
I am a professional artist based in Warrnambool, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I focus my work on highly detailed wildlife art, portraiture, public art, mural & street art, as well as anamorphic 3D art and chalk art.
I have been commissioned by community groups, councils, private clients and organisations both locally and nationally for many public art projects, as well as private commissions in portraiture, landscape and wildlife art. Every piece of artwork is treated with much care and consideration.
I am very passionate about visual and public art and the important role The Arts plays within a healthy, well- functioning community. I see every project as an opportunity to engage with the community I am working within, with the final artwork being a chance for connection to place, community and our natural world.
Since 2018, I have been an artist in residence at Lyndoch Living, an aged care facility in Warrnambool, Victoria where I am commissioned to create highly detailed murals of native Australian flora and fauna, designed to bring the beauty of nature inside to the residents of Lyndoch Living. The works hold much more meaning and value than the end product of a beautiful mural. Seats and couches are set up around me while I paint, and the residents and visitors are encouraged to sit and talk with me as I create my works of art. For me, and I hope the residents too, the interaction is where the real gold of this project occurs, with many residents spending hours a day offering me conversation and gentle words of advice.
I have worked on many public art projects around the country, including but not limited to, the Avoca Silo Art Project for The Avoca Arts and Gardens Committee (2022), the Lismore Water Tower project for Corangamite Shire Council (2020), two murals for Werribee Open Range Zoo (2019), and four murals for the State Government of Victoria’s Pick My Project scheme with a project titled #WildVsWarrnambool (2019/2020). I am also a guest artist at the annual Yarram Chalk Art Festival.
SECOND PRIZE - WDEA WARRNIBALD WARRNAMBOOL PORTRAIT PRIZE — 2021
for my portrait Connor, of artist and poet Connor Ovenden-Shaw. Jimmi’s painting Connor was also included in the Bendigo Pride Festival exhibition in 2022.
FINALIST IN THE DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019
for my portrait DANDROGYNY, of Warrnambool born dancer and performer Daniel Newell. DANDROGYNY is currently on tour around Australia as part of the DMNPP exhibition.
FINALIST IN THE KENNEDY ART PRIZE, SA - KENNEDY ARTS FOUNDATION
for my portrait DANDROGYNY, of Warrnambool born dancer and performer Daniel Newell.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - WARRNIBALD WARRAMBOOL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018
for my portrait MANHOOD, of Warrnambool born dancer and performer Daniel Newell as DANDROGYNY. MANHOOD was acquired by the Warrnambool Art Gallery as part of their permanent collection.
WINNER - WDEA WARRNIBALD WARRNAMBOOL PORTRAIT PRIZE — 2017
for my portrait titled Jennifer and Rosie of local legend Jennifer Chambers and her chook Rosie the hen.
public art works
THE AVOCA SILO PUBLIC ART PROJECT
I completed the Avoca Silo Art Project in February 2022. At 20m tall, the Avoca silo artwork depicts the Australian Barking Owl, a bird native to the local Pyrenees Ranges. It is the first glow in the dark silo in the world and features two separate glow in the dark experiences that can be viewed after dark. First, set behind the owl is a GLOW IN THE DARK STARBURST SKY. This starburst sky and the owl’s eyes both glow in the dark when charged by the silo’s installed floodlights. There is also an INTERACTIVE GLOW WALL set on the Pyrenees Ranges below the owl where visitors can draw their own artworks using nothing more than light from a torch or phone torch
LISMORE WATER TOWER PROJECT - CORANGAMITE SHIRE COUNCIL
In February 2020, I created a major piece on the Lismore (Vic) Water Tower for Corangamite Shire. The mural, at 16m tall, depicts two dancing brolgas and some sheep standing amongst native wildflowers in an early morning misty field. Once the main artwork was completed, it then evolved over several more months to include a brolga nest, then some eggs, then cracks in the eggs, and finally the hatching chicks.
BUTTERFLY UNIVERSE - YARRAM INTERNATIONAL CHALK ART FESTIVAL
In January 2021, I was invited to the Yarram International Chalk Art Festival and won second prize with my piece “Portal to the Butterly Universe”.
#WILDVSWARRNAMBOOL PICK MY PROJECT - STATE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA
In 2020, I completed 4 large scale murals in my home town of Warrnambool as part of the public voted Pick My Project placemaking scheme set up by the Victorian Government. My project, titled #WildVsWarrnambool, received the most votes of any project outside the Melbourne metropolitan area. #WildVsWarrnambool depicts nature clawing back territory from man made structures. These murals were designed to evolve and develop over several months, in almost a slow animation of sorts, with changing landscapes and stories developing over time, encouraging the public to visit the murals multiple times.
THE ACCIDENTAL WOMBAT MURAL IN WARRNAMBOOL
The now famous Warrnambool Wombat Mural became part of a viral video by ABC Warrnambool titled the Accidental Wombat Mural in Warrnambool (see link below). Originally created as a practice piece for a future work (commissioned by Warrnambool City Council) the mural depicts a wombat breaking through the concrete wall of a rail overpass in Otway Rd, Warrnambool. The video has currently had in excess of 58 million views across the world and has become a local Warrnambool icon.
WERRIBEE OPEN RANGE ZOO MURALS
Two trick of the eye murals at Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria. One depicting Kulinda the Cheetah, standing in a broken wall and the other depicting four Serval cats leaping around trees, shrubs and logs. Both murals are designed to be photographed with the viewer placed in situ, creating the illusion they are posing with the animals.
GATEWAY TO WARRNAMBOOL - MACKILLOP FAMILY SERVICES
A 3D trick of the eye depiction of a young girl entering through a hole in the wall at MacKillop Family Services, finding the beauty of Warrnambool on the other side.
THE ANIMAL CLASSROOM - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAMPERDOWN, VICTORIA.
3D trick of the eye depiction of a hole through the classroom brick wall, showing a room full of native animals at the desks and an emu teacher.
ANIMAL ATTACK - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT ST THOMAS PRIMARY SCHOOL, TERANG, VICTORIA.
3D trick of the eye depiction of a host of Australian native animals breaking into students’ bags and pigeon holes.
TERANG WATERING HOLE
3D trick of the eye pavement mural in The Avenue (Princes Highway) Terang, showing a hole in the concrete filled with water and surrounded by native Australian birds.
LIEBIG STREET KOOKABURRAS
3D trick of the eye depiction of two kookaburras sitting on a drinking fountain in Liebig Street, Warrnambool. Commissioned by Warrnambool City Council as part of the Liebig street and Warrnambool CBD redevelopment.
IN SPIRIT - YELLOW TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS
The Warrnambool Ozone Walk street art piece, In Spirit, depicts Seventeen Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos on a blue sky. Funding for In Spirit was won at the inaugural Beers and Ideas place-making event, a public voted event which supports local place-making in the Warrnambool City.
press / social media
I have a highly engaged and growing social media audience of almost 30,000 people across Facebook and Instagram from all around the world. My Socials often garners huge engagement, with well over 60 million views on the ABC Warrnambool Wombat video, 175,000 views for his Port Fairy “Quoll and the Toilet Roll” trick of the eye piece, over 80,000 views on his ABC video for the the Lismore Water Tower, almost 70,000 views on a video about his work at aged care facility Lyndoch Living, and tens of thousands of views for many other videos.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEBSITE LINKS
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jimmibuscombeartist Instagram: www.instagram.com/jimmi_buscombe_artist