Paint Storm: Gosnells live show combines artist’s passions

Artist Phil Doncon watches on as Jasmine Manolas paints. Picture: Marie Nirme d471207
Artist Phil Doncon watches on as Jasmine Manolas paints. Picture: Marie Nirme d471207

IMAGINE painting, break-dancing and music all at the same time, and you would have an idea of what Phil Doncon’s job looks like.

The visual artist has perfected the art of combining all three in his live show Paint Storm, which he performed twice in Gosnells last week.

Doncon also treated lucky children to an exclusive workshop, where he taught them how to feel the rhythm and rhyme when creating their masterpieces.

He said all of his shows exuded messages of positivity and he hoped kids would come out of his shows with the belief they could follow their dreams.

“I want to talk about this message of being proactive, where you can write your own story,” Doncon said.

“You don’t wait around waiting for other people to tell you what your job’s going to be. Even if things are going wrong, it’s up to you to say ‘How am I going to respond to that?’”

Doncon said his shows also focused on respect for others, which was timely given his Gosnells shows occurred during NAIDOC Week.

“We did the acknowledgement of the traditional owners and I talked about what I thought that meant from a white man’s point of view,” he said.

“It’s about respect, listening and learning from each other, that sort of thing.”

Now in its ninth year, Paint Storm has come a long way and Doncon admitted he loved juggling all of his passions in a single show,

“I love art, music and working with young people, so I started studying youth work and it seemed like a natural fit to put working with young people, and music and art together and the performance came out of it.”

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