Looking for an update on the 'Track to the Future' mural project? You're in luck as our second mural of the season honouring Jumbo the Elephant has been completed by the talented mural artist Sbuone! The purpose of this portion of the project is to create a scavenger hunt for original elephant murals throughout the city - with the latest thought provoking art piece located at Railway City Brewing Company.
Artists find inspiration all around them, and while in town checking out our awesome city, Sbuone popped over to the Elgin County Railway Museum. While on his adventure, he came across one last empty side of a boxcar waiting to be added to the mural collection of St. Thomas. We are so excited to announce that Sbuone was able to complete one of his own murals on that boxcar! We owe a huge thanks to staff and board at the Elgin County Railway Museum for making this happen.
What inspired you for your boxcar mural?
I often have an abstract approach. Depending on the surface I paint, I will likely try to find what fits on the spot. I have done a lot of sketches of figurative objects and animals, I considered painting the birds I was seeing all around, but I felt that those boxcars are usually seen from far away and that I should paint something beyond the figurative. I used the space to play with composition and bring out something organic, something alive, that could be an organism or simply a lifeform that has its own dynamic growing on this steel square object.
Growing up in France, Sbuone was influenced by all the art and nature he could see around him, he began to draw fiercly from a young age. He started experimenting with digital painting when he was 15. Moving to Montréal in 2003, he pushed his own creative path towards drawing, painting walls and more recently through tattoos. Highly influenced by the art of ancient civilisations, symbols and collective consciousness, he’s exploring through his unique style, representation of his feeling in a timeless way. He reveals shapes and meanings through the unconstrained act of drawing and painting.
Learn more at www.sbuone.com
The ‘Track to the Future’ mural project is coordinated by Railway City Tourism in collaboration with Andrew Gunn Consulting and young & free press with generous financial support from the Estate of Donna Vera Evans Bushell.
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