About HAPPY DECAY

mural painter in sunlight

💎 Urban Beautician & Good Vibes Generator 💎

I was born in Kurri Kurri, grew up in the hills of Main Arm, out the back of Mullumbimby which is inland from Byron Bay. Today I live in the quaint town of Moruya.

My name of birth is Bjarni Wark but for when it comes to street art and illustration work I have flipped it to HAPPY DECAY.

Why HAPPY DECAY?

It’s a play on the words, the idea of bringing happiness through street art to areas of the environment which is decaying.

Also, HAPPY DECAY is easier to say and remember then Bjarni Wark.

Where I Came From Artistically

I formally trained at the School of Art in Canberra. I graduated with a first-class honours degree from the Graphic Investigation Workshop.

Upon graduating I took up a year alumni residency with the Australian National University. Upon completing that I was invited and participated in working in a fine arts book/letterpress studio in New York for a 3 month period.

One of my true love’s is etching, a traditional form of illustration you could say. I was heavily influenced by the renaissance period. I’d tweak it a bit to include modern-day quirkiness which flows into my work today as a street artist.

etchings
Etchings I made while at the School or Art in Canberra (left) and living in Japan (right).

After about 5 years of trying to stitch it all together making a living from art, a few friends had suggested looking into Graphic Design. I could see the opportunity there to use some of my creativity and illustration skills and get an actual paid position.

As a Street Artist / Illustrator

bjarni wark
Posing in my studio with my cat.

Today as a street artist/illustrator I focus on working with urban environments & objects down to small book-sized Editorial Illustration. I have a diverse skill set of styles that can be applied to a wide range of requirements.

As you go through the Showcase folio you can see the range of client work & freestyle illustration that cover such things as:

  • Mural paintings / street art
  • Poster illustration
  • Branding illustration
  • Packaging design
  • Skateboard graphics
  • T-shirt Illustration
  • Attractively weird

And if you like, for more casual examples of my work you can look at my instagram account.

Street Art & Illustration Highlights

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HAPPY DECAY = Bjarni Wark

Originally I was trained in fine arts with a focus on illustration, drawing and letterpress (hand set typography). Later on I learnt Photoshop and Illustrator along with other modern digital illustration techniques.

Now with this combination of traditional & digital drawing I love to work with commercial work from small book type illustration, through to poster and full mural painting sized illustration / digital art.

Happy to chat via mobile: 0431 104 026 / Instagram / Send a Message

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Mural Artist Commercial Illustration