Streets ahead of galleries

Boy dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, as seen on the wall of Guildford Book Exchange. d424511
Boy dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, as seen on the wall of Guildford Book Exchange. d424511

Among his work seen locally is an illustration of a boy throwing a paper plane, with a thought bubble of a fighter jet above his head, etched on the wall of a Guildford bookshop in James Street.

Guildford Book Exchange owner Barbara Aldridge said tourists stopped to take pictures of the artwork, created to illustrate the pleasure of reading, encouraging children to free their imagination and be inspired through words.

‘The wall art shows a child playing with a plane and dreaming of becoming a pilot,’ said Mrs Aldridge.

‘The artist asked if he could paint on my wall and I think it’s inspirational.’

Inside the store is also a smaller sample of Dolus’s work depicting a light bulb head.

Dolus, who prefers to use his ‘tag’ name, told the Midland-Kalamunda Reporter via e-mail from Venice that he chooses to keep a low profile.

He said his love of painting began in high school in the ’90s with tags and then he became distracted by graffiti.

‘I got into too much trouble and my parents warned me about what would happen if I didn’t stop,’ he said.

‘I haven’t studied anything art-related, not even graphic design, but that desire for painting was always there and eventually came out again, but this time with more consciousness about private property and maturity’