Local artist captures Fremantle celebrities in Federal Hotel mural

Street artist Joseph Boin (South Fremantle) with his mural at the Federal Hotel. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Street artist Joseph Boin (South Fremantle) with his mural at the Federal Hotel. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A ONCE-empty laneway has become a canvas for South Fremantle artist Joseph Boinwho has filled a wall with iconic people and landmarks of Fremantle.

Mr Boin said he was contacted in February by the owner of the Federal Hotel Nikola Jurin about his idea to paint a Fremantle-themed mural.

“Nikola’s idea behind the mural was to showcase Freo’s history for the public and patrons to see,” he said.

“I started with the Bon Scott portrait and then went from there.

“From that I got the idea to do famous people who have a connection to Fremantle.

“Next I painted John Butler from John Butler Trio who used to busk in Fremantle and once lived there.”

From there Mr Boin painted other notable Fremantle musicians, such as Kevin Parker from Tame Impala and Eskimo Joe.

“I also added a North Fremantle-raised international model and swimwear designer, Tahnee Atkinson, to add a female face to the largely male-dominated mural,” he said.

“I filled in the spaces with images of Fremantle’s buildings, football logos and iconic landmarks and events, which most people would know represent Fremantle even if they were not from Freo.”

Mr Boin said he found he works better without a proper plan.

“The mural shows how although Fremantle is a very small city we have a lot of international stars and talent who have a connection to this beautiful port city,” he said.

“Fremantle is a hub for art and creativity with many talented artists, musicians and performers who reside in Fremantle and I believe this mural embodies that.”

Mr Boin plans on doing more large murals at the Hotel including a large carpark wall.

The Federal Hotel will open the laneway gates for people to view the mural from May 4 to 6.

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