As part of the NRMA's centenary celebrations, a special 'big things' inspired art installation will be visiting a town near you. The man behind the NRMA's large art installation is Stephen Mok, an Australian artist who specialises in fun and humorous artwork.
Who is Stephen Mok?
Stephen Mok is a Brisbane artist who is renowned for his distinctive cartoon-like paintings and drawings. His work has a clear bold use of colour and line, with inventive characters that convey both humour and narrative. Stephen is perhaps best known for his collaborative projects, including collaborations with Row Faster George!, and Australian design duo, Easton Pearson.
Tell us a bit about you and your creative practice
I came to art later in life, in my late 20s, after I left university for a couple of years. I started a life drawing class and it’s never stopped since then. I’ve worked in many areas - painting, 3D, wood, ceramics and a splash of printing, but I especially love drawing. It’s certainly the basis of everything I do. I don’t like my work to be too serious - good humour and fun is a big part of it. There’s a lot of bold lines and colours, silhouette-like characters, creatures and flowers.
Can you tell us about your artwork concept and what you're trying to convey?
Being a touring project, the idea of the Australian road trip has been a big part of my inspiration – there’s a lot to discover and I hope everyone really enjoys the journey. The concept naturally takes into consideration NRMA’s aspiration for the project, which is both a celebration of NRMA and the communities of NRMA’s home base in New South Wales. Without giving too much away, I want to make sure it’s something everyone and all families want to come have a look at – something sunny and happy and kind and welcoming and bubbly.