E.L.K. descends on the Archibald – again

RECLUSIVE Canberra-raised stencil artist Luke Cornish (E.L.K. to you and me) has teamed up with augmented reality expert, Amber Standley and well-known former Canberra photographer Cole Bennetts to create an entry to the Archibald Prize that he claims is “like no other.”

Wil Anderson - E.L.K. style

Wil Anderson – E.L.K. style

The portrait is a stencil of Australian comedian and television personality, Wil Anderson – but with a twist. Load up your smart phone or tablet with the augmented reality app, point the camera at the portrait and Wil Anderson will come alive in real time, leaping out of the portrait on the wall.

E.L.K. whose street art can still be seen around Canberra, garnered media attention in 2012, for becoming the first street artist in history to be accepted and exhibited as a finalist in the Archibald for his black and white stencil portrait of Father Bob Maguire. This entry turned the traditional art world upside down.

Since then Cornish has become the highest selling Australian street artist, selling his portrait of Father Bob at the Bonhams Auction of Important Australian Art and has recently toured the war zones of Lebanon collecting content for his first international solo show, ‘Louder Than Words’ in London at Stolen Space Gallery this coming August.

Making up the rest of the creative team are Standley and Bennetts. Standley is the super-geek of the trio and brings the magic that makes everything come to life. Amber runs her own Augmented Reality company called A+ Solutions and is completing a masters in digital design.

Bennetts, a former “CityNews” staffer, is now a photojournalist and photographer whose subjects range from Queen Elizabeth II, to the Wiggles and everything in between. Cole shot and directed the video rant of Wil Anderson.”

You can see the portrait of Wil Anderson in action here:

Luke Cornish: http://www.elkstencils.com

Cole Bennetts: www.colebennetts.com

Amber Standley: www.a-positive.com.au/

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