September 4th 2018
Journeys of Discovery: Episode 2; Paul Walsh
The Discovery of Contemporary Graffiti and Creative Risk Taking
Church Road Winery Chief Winemaker, Chris Scott, took some time to meet with other creative craftspeople across New Zealand. As we follow Chris on these journeys of discovery, new perspectives emerge that further fuel his own energy and inspiration for his craft. View the full series at TVNZ OnDemand.
Paul’s early foray into art took a form that few were able to enjoy; painting in the tunnels and hidden cityscapes of Auckland that Paul described as “a secret world”. Through this time, Paul was able to refine his craft, without the critical eye of the public. “These places that people don’t normally even know exist, it just really draws me in”, Paul remarks.
Paul’s motivation extends beyond his need to create – and captures the importance of the medium that contains his works. “I think it’s really important for people to feel like they’re in a city that’s alive and responding to them – and has a sense of fun and playfulness.” Ultimately, it was the desire of the public to see Paul’s art that provided the scope for him to turn his covert pursuits into a full-time occupation. “It was almost as if I was creating this art in darkness and then the art itself dragged me out into the public – and became the catalyst for me to be able to change my career – from a day job working at a computer and then running around tunnels at night – to actually making the art my full time day job.”
Over a glass of Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris, Chris notes that in winemaking, each season provides one opportunity to get it right – with harvest time providing the raw material from a 12-month process. But he’s also quick to point out the benefits of embracing that risk. “You can’t let that stand in the way of experimenting and playing – and just having some fun, because if you don’t, you don’t learn anything.”
For more, be sure to watch episode 2 of ‘Church Road – Journeys of Discovery’ at TVNZ OnDemand.