SPONSORED: RockCorps Sydney – 5 minutes with artist Judd Shoppee

AdvertisementWe sat down with Sydney artist Judd Shoppee – the man responsible for painting a mural in just four hours at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for Optus RockCorps – to ask five sneaky questions. Loose, simple and fast, that’s his motto and it’s definitely how our chat felt.

LAEM: How did you get into painting murals?
J: I’ve always been drawing and painting since I can remember but I eventually started doing graffiti (back when all graffiti was sick artwork taking hours – days, not just “tagging”). I’ve always hated working small and when my girlfriend let me paint on her bedroom wall, I guess it was the first time I painted a mural. I just kept going from there.

LAEM: You seem to do lots of work focused on surfing. Is it a passion of yours?
J: 4shore (sic).
LAEM: Someone’s punny.
J: I grew up in Manly and I’ve surfed since I was a kid. It cures all ailments.

LAEM: You do everything from sketch to detailed photoshop work. Do you have a favourite medium?
J: It would definitely have to be paint; as big as possible! In fact I’ve always dreamed of painting a whole side of a high rise building. At the moment I’m into “slap the paint on” though. Loose, simple and fast.

LAEM: How did the opportunity arise to paint for Sydney RockCorps?
J: It was word of mouth I guess. I basically submitted a concept and was chosen. I was so stoked!

LAEM: What do you think the greatest bit about the RockCorps project is?
J: It’s a great way to give people the opportunity to have fun helping their community, in a cool way. They’ll also get to meet new people and attend a free epic gig. Right on!

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About the author

Cormack is a young writer/photographer from Newcastle who shot his first music festival at age fifteen. When he’s not writing or photographing, you’ll find him stumbling around gigs in Sydney and Newcastle or soaking up culture and coffee in Melbourne.

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