Bottom to top floor art installation design within brand guidelines featuring:
- 3 x Feature wall murals - Stairway wrap around - 2 Pillars
5 O’clock Somewhere is a cellar door on Gilbert St, Adelaide that features wine made from the award winning Mclaren Vale Winemakers Group.
The bar had closed for refurbishment (including the installation of a wood fired pizza oven and opening of a new event space upstairs), which allowed me the scope to dedicate myself to a month of full time painting within the space.
The concept was an alley way like environment layered with the narrative and history of the Mclaren Vale Winemakers Group (Loom), a dedicated "closed loop” vineyard passionate about self sustainability and faming practices. Their exceptionally high quality wine, pizza’s and antipasto is fantastically grounded by this colourful and youthful installation. Keeping within the branding colours (a sunset over the ocean), this abstract piece is entrenched in symbolism and hidden meaning.
Each sticker is a Mclaren Vale Winemakers wine label, each wheat paste is a photograph of the crew on the farm (like a great shot of the owner with his youngest son on the tractor), each graffiti tag is referenced from the product (including many inside jokes and whims added by the crew while I was painting).
This was a fantastic commission, I’m exceptionally proud of the warmth and quality added to the space. Paired with the team’s absolutely stunning hand crafted wood fit out and bespoke (and internally manufactured) furniture, this is a space I’ll never tire of relaxing in. I’m excited to see how the installation grows and deepens with new stickers and tags being added by the staff and locals in turn.
5 O’clock Somewhere: 101 Gilbert St, Adelaide SA 5000
Little Black Bike: Artwork Installation
Little Black Bike Skate and BMX Shop have been good friends of mine since I first moved to Adelaide in 2013, and when they moved location in January of 2018 into this absolutely banging Gilbert St warehouse, the walls were mine from DAY ONE!! Claimed!
July of 2018 saw me lurking in there for two weeks, painting my own mystical creations in bubblegum brights (yes thats right, folks - no design brief!). This piece is a collection of artefacts found on my recent trip to Europe - featuring vessels from the British Museum and wheat sheafs from Salvador Dali’s seaside studio in Spain. Ah, travel. You are so.. so wonderful.
Some words from the owner:
LBB ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
We’ve been stoked to have our good friend and talented artist Bohie Palecek in the new store over the last two weeks working some absolute mural magic.
We first met Bohie in 2013 when she rolled her BMX bike into our old Franklin Street store looking for bowls and dirt jumps, having just moved to Adelaide from NSW.
We loved her art from day one and have been psyched to see her personal and commercial demand grow both locally and internationally as she continues to travel over seas to paint for art shows and brand collaborations.
In her words, this “Double Vision” mural is “a mystical explosion of myth and vibrancey, symbolically referring to maintaining balance in life, residing within the ebb and the flow…”
This mural marks her last job in Adelaide before heading back to NSW for an art residency and then on to a solo show in London, England, and we celebrated with a closed session on Friday night, introducing some of the local crew to the new fit out.
Thanks heaps sister, keep on paintin’! Always a good time having you around.
Thanks boss!!!!!! Lotsa Love
Photography courtesy of Elliot Oakes and Wade Whitington
UBER Australia approached me in February of 2018 to hand paint a mural in their designated pick up/drop off zone of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Being a primary sponsor of this month long event, UBER filmed the project in one sitting (a mammoth 16 straight hours of painting), releasing it across their nation wide social media as a part of a marketing scheme. The mural content “The Answer to World Peace is Puppies for Everyone!” was chosen from a survey left in the back of their UBER vehicles for local Adelaidians to fill out while they ride.
Find the timelapse released through UBER facebook and instagram here
Assistance by Kerri Wright Photography by Elliot Oakes
Jacob's Creek: Visitors Centre Hand Painted Signage Fit Out
- 3 x Design and hand paint aged whiskey barrels - 3 x Design and hand paint fridge display panels (tasting notes) - 3 x Designs and hand paint wine barrels (cafe) - 2 x Design and hand paint “Our Table” restaurant signage
Jacob’s Creek, Studiogram and Crafty Design collaborated together to create the new “Our Store” fit out at prized Jacob’s Creek Visitors Centre, Barossa Valley, SA.
I was commissioned to hand paint some of the finer details, including aged whiskey barrels, wine barrels and hand illustrated tasting notes for their fridge displays.
Westfield (Marion): Mural and Signage Fit Out
- 3 x large scale hand painted external mall entry murals - 2 x hand painted internal mall entry murals - 1 x large hand painted “chalkboard style” mall entry artwork - 17 x hand painted “chalkboard style” artworks - Hand crafted typographic designs for all of the above
Assisted by Fran Ifould Commissioned by Celia Chen, Scentre Group
When Scentre Group got in touch about a large scale mural project at their Westfield in Marion, I cleared 3 months of my schedule.
They required 4 large murals (artworks and installation) to don the entrances to the new "Fresh Food Precinct", plus countless 'vintage chalkboard' style quotes to add flavour and personality to walls of what was clearly going to be more than your average food court.
The challenge was to create artworks with an aged 'Organic Market' style that were being painted fresh in the carpark of a shopping mall.
The first place to start was to localise it. hile keeping within Westfield's nation wide "For the Love of Food" campaign, we payed homage to the customers, community and history of Marion by researching agricultural life before suburbia.
Gathering inspiration from the local library, turn-of-the-century vintage advertising, Burtee's Farm Annuals, and South Australian agricultural heritage, we aimed to create something new that held the integrity of something beautiful and old.
I knew the pieces had succeeded when I was introduced to the CEO at the celebratory cutting of the red tape. When he was informed that the For the Love of Food mural had been painted in the week prior, he remarked "What?! I thought it had been there for 50 years!"
"Parking at Westfield Marion has got much better and brighter thanks to the art work around the food court. The murals have really revamped the space and now whenever I go to Marion I park near the food court to admire the work. It would be great to see more around the shopping centre." - Member of the Public
View this project in person at WESTFIELD, 297 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Electric California (USA): Murals, Helmets and Apparel Design
- 1 x Mural at Electric HQ, San Clemente California - 1 x Mural at Electric HQ, Sydney Australia - 3 x Hand painted “Mashman” snowboarding helmets - 4 x Tshirt graphics
Global clothing and lifestyle brand, Electric California, invited me to create some art for their Californian head quarters that was aimed to engage new visitors and energise their staff.
The brand itself has a keen focus on the high end of the action and boardsports culture, creating premium sun glasses, snow goggles and apparel sold globally.
The challenge was to pair their brand values, collaboration, innovation, reliability, trust, service, accountability, and leadership, with bespoke illustrations fitting their sharp, moody and raw aesthetic.
The mural is painted down the entrance hall of their HQ, with the life size illustrations sparkling in black, gloss white and metallic gold.
To celebrate the collaboration, I also hand painted three of their new "Mashman" Snowboarding Helmets. My artwork also featured on three of their following season T shirt graphics!
Electric California HQ is located in San Clemente, California, with offices in Australia, Europe, Canada, England, and Japan.
Thumbnail image courtesy of ElectricCalifornia.com
Created Range: Art Installation
Adelaide streetwear store Created Range invited a small group of artists to go free-for-all in their retail store.
I painted a hybrid wolf/snake character; the wolf burning bright with her fierce internal fire, she symbolises my inner strength, warmth and internal nourishment. Engaged with her senses, she stands alert and ready. Connected to her like a yin/yang is the snake with stars/deep space floating inside her, speckled with floating golden eyes (symbolizing deeply engrained so-called “truths”), she represents a feeling like being lost inside insecurities, caught up in thoughts and feelings that isolate me from my environment.
One external, one internal. They mirror each other, facing forward. Moving together - not at odds with each other but in harmony. Balance.
Photography courtesy of Created Range
Yamaha: Private Commission
- Design and hand paint Yamaha motorcycle tank - “Life behind bars” provided in brief - “Uncontained and Undefined” created with open brief
This custom built Yamaha Virago came to me for some hand painted bespoke decals before leaving on a solo trip around Australia! With it's female rider, still on her L Plates!!! Badass.
The left hand side featured her new motto "Life Behind Bars", with a sharks face inspired by WW2 bomber planes. The right hand side featured my own personal words "Uncontained & Undefined", a concept the owner and I both bonded with through conversations about (personal and perceived) femininity and 'mid-life' achievements and expectations.
UK based ethical clothing label We Do Nothing approached me for a rebrand while I was up in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
With grass roots in skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing, We Do Nothing was founded by Lucy Johnson who started stitching custom basics while snowboarding in the mountains of Austria. The brand snowballed over the following years, now servicing a large international community of like minded kin who prefer this conscious alternative to fast fashion and consumer trends.
After a few Skype meetings and some mood boards flying back and forth, I created a summer paradisio vibe featuring completely hand drawn typography and design elements.
Now their sole designer on the entire 2015/2016/2017 line, I've recently returned from England where we met in person to work on 2018 and beyond.
Bad//Dreems: Album Artwork and Merchandise Design
- Album cover - Limited release tshirt graphic - Album release posters - Creative direction
Poster political illustrations by Jake Holmes
National pub rock activists Bad//Dreems approached me for some vintage vibes on their latest album release "Gutful". Stoked to be on board with these guys, I absolutely thrash their music!!
We celebrated the good times with a limited edition t-shirt design available on their store here (pictured below).
The design was based on a vintage West End beer label, Adelaide's local blue collar brew.
If you haven't seen them live yet, bloody get amongst it!!
Mischief Brew Cold Coffee: Branding, Packaging and Signage
- Branding - Label design - Merchandise design - Vehicle signage - Website art direction - Creative direction - Coffee cart hand painted signage - Menu design and signage - Consulting
Adelaide based Mischief Brew Coffee got in touch about designing a brand campaign that combined the owners skate/punk background and DIY mentality with their premium cold brew products' organic, ethical and hand crafted qualities.
We pursued a vision that came from the depths of skate culture, from stick and poke tattoos and underground DIY spots. We pursued a vision of mystique and ambiguity, not just a beverage but a lifestyle choice.
And what we created was an avalanche.
in 2014 he was pouring cold brew from a flagon behind a bike pulled coffee cart, now Mischief Brew Coffee supply's flagons, 640ml and 330ml's to over 50 cafe's, bars, tattoo studios and supermarkets across Adelaide plus serving at headlining music festivals like WOMAD, Laneway and more.
Stickers popped up like graffiti at pubs and skate shops, on BMX helmets and street signs. People were getting the designs tattooed onto their body's, while Mischief Brew Coffee apparel was taking to the streets.
Mischief Brew Coffee is available for purchase from www.mischiefbrewcoffee.com and, if you live in Adelaide, it's likely at the trending cafe nearest you.
FROM THE CLIENT:
Mischief Brew Coffee wouldn't be the same without having dug real deep with this talented and inspired woman over a cold one or two.. The relationship between passion and visual communication is an art. Bohie f****** nails it. . .
- Scott Giles (Owner)
Hold Tight: Private Commission
- Private commission - Hand paint Biltwell "Gringo" helmet - Open brief
"Hold Tight" is advice to myself in a moment of very a dramatic personal change. I felt like I had to embody the snake shedding its skin, embracing change with patience and understanding. Change of identity through life experience is, as I've grown to understand with age, completely undeniable.
Sometimes it happens slowly over time, but in this case - it happened so quick I was left stunned in the aftermath.
Set in a dream-like environment, the typography melts with the speed of it, both sides dripping towards the back with the uncontrollable force of nature.
This piece is a reflection on transformation, accepting change and embracing the new with determination and love.
Wonderwalls Festival: Mural Installation
Port Adelaide see's an amazing revamp every two years through the nation wide mural painting and street art festival, Wonderwalls.
This year I took the opportunity to paint something different (without typography, gah!) with this expressive piece titled "Self Portrait, Asleep with Fox".
The themes behind it representing self nurturing, identity and appreciation.
View this piece in person with a fresh coffee from the good folks at Folklore Cafe, Mundy St, Port Adelaide SA 5015
City of Charles Sturt: Community Centre Mural (Henley Beach)
The City of Charles Sturt commissioned a hand painted mural for a redeveloped cafe and kitchen area in the Henley Beach Community Centre. The space had an existing mural created in the 90's, but was ready for an absolute refresh to celebrate some recent developments.
With mainly an elderly demographic using the space in the past, this mural design had to cater for those existing clientele, as well as to engage with a younger audience who were now using the space for Barista Training, Yoga classes and more.
Following the Community Centres positive feedback regarding my recent Westfield "vintage food advertisement" style commission, I chose a bright, sunny colour palette that would brighten the space. The community got involved to chose the slogan "Feel good Food", and I dug my nose back into 'Burties Farm Annuals 1912' to find some veggie loving goodness.
Painted over 5 days, it was pleasure to get to know Community Development Officer, Claire, and her team as well as receive on the spot feedback from the public using this great community space.
"It was an absolute pleasure commissioning Bohie to complete a mural at the Henley and Grange Community Centre. She fully understood what the community would like to see and took their ideas and wording to create a fabulous mural.
The art work has given the Community Centre Café a contemporary facelift, and we could not be happier. We have received the most amazing feedback with one person saying ‘Incredible how a bit of paint and heaps of talent can bring so much life to a room, love it!’. All of this was achieved within a 5 week timeframe, just amazing." - Claire MacBeth, Community Development Officer, City of Charles Sturt.
The project was also featured in local newspaper The Messenger. Read more about the project online in an interview on Wellmade between commissioner Claire and I here
The Porch Sessions: Branding
South Australian based event company The Porch Sessions approached me for a hand crafted logo design that would bring their mystical musical experiences to life.
Recent winner of the "SA Music Awards Best Fesitval/Event" The Porch Sessions specialise in good music, good food, good vibes and good times; any moment touched by The Porch Sessions is bound to be a memorable one.
If you haven't been to one yet, you're absolutely 100% missing out and you absolutely 100% must get a ticket ASAP. Quickly though, they've been known to sell out within 5 minutes of going online!
The Porch Sessions became are repeat client, returning for branding design for their Adelaide Hills music festival "Porchland".
"Bohie is an absolute lord, and was a pivotal part of the creation and establishment of our brand and logo design of The Porch Sessions. Her creative vision in cohesion with her stunning ability to interpret my own dreams of creamy branding has been an absolute pleasure to work with. 1000 times would recommend this legend, Bohie Palecek is one of the greats." - The Porch Sessions
Thumbnail image courtesy of The Porch Sessions
Dempster Street Barber (WA): Branding
- Branding - Signage design - Gift card and collateral design
Dempster Street Barber Shop 94C Dempster St, Esperance WA 6450
Thumbnail image courtesy of Dempster Street Barber Shop
Electric California (AUS): Mural Design and Installation
- Mural design and installation
After a successful collaboration with Electric California’s head office in CA, I was further commissioned to paint a piece in another piece in their head office in Camperdown, Sydney.
Inspired by the California flag, featuring a roaring bear, I adapted the animal into mystical proportions.
5 O'clock Somewhere: Private Commission
- 2 x Design and hand paint custom Colony BMX decals - Design and hand paint POC helmet - For display on walls of 5 O’clock Somewhere wine bar
This local corner shop style wine bar features bespoke artworks on their wine labels, surf boards hung one the walls, hand built furniture and bars plus employees absolutely full of Stoke.
So when Steve commissioned Adelaide BMX store, Little Black Bike for a custom BMX build, they called me in for some premium hand painted detailing.
The job was to build up two frames, one for the trails and one for the streets, utilising 5OS's existing branding. The trails bike was assigned a blue colour palette, and the street bike an orange. Next I drew up two badge style artworks to decorate the head tube's; A vintage stopwatch clocked on 5pm (of course), and a snake wrapped around a 5OS wine barrel. The typography decals celebrated the projects main collaborative partners, "LBB x 5OS x CLNY" (Little Black Bike, Five O'Clock Somewhere and Colony). The sprocket was hand crafted by local craftsman Input BMX, with a POC helmet featuring all the main elements for good measure.
The orange themed street frame now hangs above the door of Five O'clock somewhere.
Flattrack Coffee (USA): Illustration and Merchandise Design
- Tshirt graphic - Merchandise design
I've spent a lot of my life in and around counter cultures. Skateboarding, BMX bikes, motorcycles and rat rods. Pair that with a love for garage's, workshops, vintage graphics and aesthetics - clients like Flattrack Coffee in Austin, Texas are just made in Bohie heaven.
On this project I created a few new slogans to get the caffeine pumping like "Fuel for Scoundrels" and "Brewed in the Hellfires of Austin Texas". It was a super fun one to draw. What started as a single T shirt graphic soon escalated into beer coozies, poop bags, camping mugs, shop rags and sticker designs.
Mat Waudby is currently riding his touring bike from Greece back to his home country of England after absolutely shredding his two year Aussie work visa away between skateparks and river trips and trail riding and bike camping! Man, this guy does it all.
Before he left Australia I hand painted his "Bombtrack" touring bike, which has rusted up perfectly on those long ocean roads up the coast through Montenegro and Croatia. I just love working in a medium that just gets better with age.
Dying Stoked: Private Commission
On a sunny day between Chrissy and New Years I drove to the burbs of Melbourne, VIC to paint this Bell helmet for motorbike enthusiast and photographer turned tattoo artist, Corey Sleap. We had a bloody good time hanging out together and you can see from this great pics he shot that I was having a ripper of a time. He filmed me through out the painting session which I’ve thrown up onto my YouTube Channel, here are some links.
Branding and apparel design created for my BMX and moto girls in Austin, Texas
Keep the Vibe Alive: Private Commission
Electric California’s surf team manager Ian Foulke commissioned this hand painted surfboard with their Positive Vibe Warriors slogan “Keep the Vibe Alive”
Wine Australia Conference: Chalkboard Fit Out
- 57 x Hand drawn chalkboards
Commissioned by Australia-wide communications agency Liquid Ideas, my assistants and I hand lettered some 57 chalkboards for the Wine Australia conference in Adelaide, South Australia (in 48 hours!).
The chalkboards highlighted gourmet South Australian products, complementing the high quality craftsmanship found throughout the whole event.
Cult & Harper: Art Exhibition
I contributed 4 hand painted motorcycle helmets to an nation wide all female sub pop art exhibition called “Submersive” at Cult & Harper gallery in Adelaide, South Australia.
City of Charles Sturt: Community Centre Mural Installation (Bowden/Brompton)
After recent refurbishments the Bowden and Brompton Community Centre “19 on Green”, in Adelaide, South Australia called me in to decorate the new kitchen and cafe area with these super fun hand painted graphics.
The kitchen will house workshops and events, while the centre also doubles as a children’s day care centre.
A hands-on designer with passion for concept-driven creative installations, Bohie Palecek paints large scale murals for Australia's biggest household names, collaborates with leading lifestyle brands, and exhibits art across the globe while contributing keynote talks on behalf of leading industry Associations.
This year see's her designing and installing signage artworks for brands like UBER, Westfield and Jacob's Creek while working from her Southern Tablelands studio in Braidwood, NSW.