Chalk and oil artist Rudy Kistler will visit Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz festival to create his spectacular chalk images.
Chalk and oil artist Rudy Kistler will visit Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz festival to create his spectacular chalk images. Contributed

Rudy's well grounded to chalk up

RUDY Kistler found his love for chalk art when a mate was getting married in Germany five years ago.

Being unable to afford a return ticket to Europe, the oil and canvas artist decided to test his skills at the Chalk Urban Art Fest – and try his best for the $5000 first place.

Sadly Mr Kistler didn’t win and his trip to Germany had to be forgone, but the competition opened his eyes to the love of street art and began a new career with chalk.

“Most of my art is exemplified by bold colours,” he said.

“I’ve spent the last 10 years defining my technique. My drawing is expressive and surreal and I use colours to bring out art works.”

The phenomenon of chalk art has burst onto the public stage in the past decade.

Artists at work on busy pavements as well as art pieces circulated on emails and YouTube – including a four-day video of Mr Kistler doing a drawing outside the New South Wales State Library – have parallelled the art form move towards a popular trend.

Mr Kistler has done a lot of street work himself and said there was both a sense of thrill and pressure with people watching him work.

“I do feel a bit pressured, but I don’t let it stress me out,” he said.

“I know I have the skills to deal with it. I get it up and running and there’s always probably one piece that I have to start using my artistic ingenuity and that’s the most exciting part.”

Mr Kistler still spends time on his oil and canvass pieces and is working on his next exhibition. He says the two forms of art are completely different.

“The regular oil canvas artist spends the first 40-50 years starving and the last 20 years, if he’s good, living off his success,” he said.

“In the chalk world it’s completely different. You have to be young and agile to get on your hands and knees for a long time.

“It’s also a fashion thing – I expect street art will change in the future, whereas oil painting has been around for 500 years. People recognise chalk art and it’s a great way to connect with people.”

Each chalk art piece will last between 24 hours and two-and-a-half months. As for the drawings themselves, Mr Kistler is modest about their accuracy.

“The camera is a lot more forgiving than the human eye – it’s only one dimension, whereas the human eye is two,” he said.

Mr Kistler will be offering workshops when he visits. More information at 4661 8588.


Rudy Kistler will conduct workshops when he visits for Jumpers and Jazz

Monday July 25, from 10am-1pm.

For: Both adults and children.

Cost: $40 per person.

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