Mark Catley is mostly known for his fun and playful street art around Christchurch city. Mark started to make my street art after the Christchurch earthquakes. He wanted to give something back to the city after we all lost so much. Many of his street art pieces are enlarged toys from his own childhood. These evoke memories for people similar to his age and also connect with children today.
Mark relished painting a giraffe in the original Christchurch Stands Tall event with his Giraffe crossing work. Even if it was driven into after a couple of days. His first large commission was a giant Johnny Cash piece for a hotel lobby in Nashville, USA. Mark had the opportunity to be part of the 2016 Scape Public Art program as an emerging artist. His piece, Sign o’ the Times is an installation of 10 road signs at the Re:Start Mall. The signs show the various hazards, questions and progress that Christchurch have had since the Christchurch earthquakes.
Mark’s current practise is trying to evaluate the status of throwaway 1960’s cereal toys by recreating these at a larger size and out of higher end materials. He wants to show that the trinkets of yesterday can still be objects of beauty today.
Mark created the Batguin penguin.