Chris Wilson with the wall he painted.
Chris Wilson with the wall he painted. Allan Reinikka

Is it art or vandalism?

CHRIS Wilson is about to order 1000 cans of aerosol paint to spray on Rockhampton walls.

And the city’s leading street artist says he’s got plenty of commissions to keep him busy for months to come.

But Chris, an ex-graffiti artist who taught himself to create brightly coloured characters for his murals, and teaches the skill in schools, fears his art is not properly appreciated in a city with a growing graffiti tagging problem.

“I want to get the public involved in a debate. Is it art or is it vandalism?” he said. “A lot of people aren’t used to it and have concerns about it. I understand that.”

To be fair to Chris, he says he hates to see tagging and obscene scrawl and wants to raise the standard of the city’s ever-increasing number of aerosol sprayers.

“I take a plain wall or one that’s been tagged and I turn it into a work of art, my own personal masterpiece. But some people just spray their name or a stupid message and it ends up like a page in a school yearbook, with no artistic merit. That’s just rubbish.”

Examples of his work can be seen at the old Home Delivered Computers store in Musgrave Street, inside Funzone and on the wall down the side of the Fairways Motorcycles premises in William Street.

He’s also the artist who created a massive sunset mural at Fitzroy Funerals.

Chris says his distinctive style has earned him a number of commissions which he will complete in the coming months.

He’s also been asked to work with students in Biloela, who are doing a graffiti culture course, and with the youth justice system.

But while some might agree that his colourful murals have brightened drab areas of the city, there is no doubt graffiti daubings by others are causing widespread offence.

Dr Kim Bulwinkel said yesterday he was appalled at the obliteration of an eco-mural under the Albert Street Bridge by “morons with spray cans”.

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