Jimmi Buscombe CV 2020
statement of practice
Jimmi Buscombe is a professional artist based in Warrnambool, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. He specialises in photo realistic wildlife art, public art, mural & street art, integrating a range of methods and mediums including paint, ink and pastel to create stunningly life-like representations of his subjects.
Jimmi has been commissioned by councils, clients and organisations both locally and internationally to create portraits, street art and public art of native wildlife, and private commissions. Every piece of artwork is treated with much care and consideration.
Jimmi is passionate about visual arts and the important role it plays within a healthy, well-functioning community. For the past eighteen months, he has been an artist in residence at Lyndoch Living, an aged care facility in Warrnambool, Victoria where he is commissioned to create realistic murals of native Australian plants and animals, essentially bringing nature inside to the residents of Lyndoch. The works hold much more meaning and value than the end product of a beautiful mural. Seats and couches are set up around where Jimmi is painting and the residents are encouraged to sit and talk with Jimmi as he creates his works of art. The interaction with the residents is where the real gold of this project occurs, with many residents spending hours a day offering conversation and gentle words of advice.
Jimmi has also worked on over sixteen public art projects across Victoria, including the Lismore Water Tower project for Corangamite Shire Council in early 2020 and the State Government of Victoria’s Pick My Project scheme with a project titled #WildVsWarrnambool in 2019/2020.
FINALIST IN THE DOUG MORAN NATIONAL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2019
for his 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 his portrait DANDROGYNY, of Warrnambool born dancer and performer Daniel Newell.
WINNER - PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD - WDEA WARRNIBALD WARRAMBOOL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018
for his 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 WARRAMBOOL PORTRAIT PRIZE 2017
for his portrait titled JENNIFER AND ROSIE of local legend Jennifer Chambers and her chook Rosie the hen.
BEERS AND IDEAS — OCTOBER 2017, OZONE LANE MURAL PROJECT.
Jimmi won funding through the first Warrnambool place-making meeting, Beers and Ideas meeting in October 2017 for his mural for Ozone Walk in Warrnambool of the stunning Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos.
public art works
CORANGAMITE SHIRE COUNCIL LISMORE WATER TOWER PROJECT
In February 2020, Jimmi 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. Jimmi was the selected from a group of over 30 artists nationally. The Lismore Water Tower has already been made part of the official Australian Silo art trail.
Jimmi Buscombe CV 2020
#WildVsWarrnambool FOR THE PICK MY PROJECT SCHEME - STATE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA
Jimmi is currently working on three large scale murals in his home town of Warrnambool as part of the public voted Pick My Project placemaking scheme set up by the Victorian Government. Jimmi’s 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 are designed to grow and develop over several months, in almost a slow animation of sorts, with changing landscapes and stories developing over time.
GUTSY THE WOMBAT MURAL - 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 above). 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 - WERRIBEE
Two trompe l’oeil 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 WARRNAMBOOL
3D trompe l’oeil 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 - ST PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL, CAMPERDOWN, VICTORIA.
3D trompe l’oeil depiction of a hole through the classroom brick wall, showing a room full of native animals at the desks and an emu teacher.
ANIMAL CHRISTMAS PRESENTS - MITCHAM, VICTORIA.
3D trompe l’oeil depiction of native animals attacking a stack of colourful Christmas presents.
ANIMAL ATTACK - ST THOMAS PRIMARY SCHOOL, TERANG, VICTORIA.
3D trompe l’oeil depiction of a host of Australian native animals breaking into students’ bags and pigeon holes.
TERANG WATERING HOLE - TERANG COLOUR FESTIVAL
3D trompe l’oeil 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 - WARRNAMBOOL
3D trompe l’oeil 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 - WARRNAMBOOL
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.
MIDDLE ISLAND FOX AND PENGUINS - WARRNAMBOOL
Depicts a stalking fox approaching a clutch of defenceless penguins. This piece is painted flat on the ground and is designed as an interactive 3D trompe l’oeil piece where visitors can position themselves in front of the fox to defend the penguins from attack, essentially becoming the Maremma “Oddball” from the movie of the same name. Commissioned by Warrnambool City Council as part of the Liebig street and Warrnambool CBD redevelopment.
SAMMY THE SEAL - PORT FAIRY
Painted for Moyne Shire Council as part of their launch for The Wharf at Port Fairy. This piece is a trompe l’oeil piece painted flat on the ground and designed to look like a seal has broken through a large hole in the pavement.