MR. MONOPOLY gets a moustache makeover for Movember, with exclusive artworks by celebrated Australian street artists being auctioned to raise funds for men’s mental health and suicide prevention programs.
MR. MONOPOLY REIMAGINED
True to his signature style, fine artist and street artist Adrian Doyle paints MR. MONOPOLY in Australian suburbia with an 1820s prospector moustache.
Hand spray-painted, the focus of this piece for Doyle was in building the landscape first and achieving a high-end finish before completing the artwork with MR. MONOPOLY.
“I grew up with Monopoly, as we all did, it’s part of suburbia - it’s art of suburban Australia but it’s an international icon,” said Doyle.
Referring to MR. MONOPOLY as ‘Old Money Bags’, Doyle explains, “I’ve put him in the context of having a hammer with a house which asks lots of questions, and answers none. So, you can take from this image what you will.”
Having lost his Mum to cancer, Adrian is familiar with great loss and he’s attuned to the importance of awareness. “Getting a prostate check sounds like a pain in the butt – but there are worse alternatives that’s for sure... Movember makes people think about it and makes people aware that putting off these things have real consequences.”
ABOUT DOYLE A Melbourne-based artist, Adrian is best known for his paintings, murals, installations and large-scale public artworks. Growing up in Frankston, Doyle began his art life scribbling on trains, playing in drains and exploring abandoned buildings. When he began art school he set up his first studio in 1996 in Prahran. In 2001 as he was finishing his MFA at VCA, he moved to what would become The Blender Studios for the next 16 years. It was here that the foundations for both the Melbourne street art scene and Doyle’s own art career were laid.
Founder of The Blender Studios and Melbourne Street Tours, Doyle has played a key role in Melbourne’s urban art movement, as both artist and curator. He is currently completing his PhD on the impact that urban art has made on the fine art scene in Melbourne.
Doyle is one of five celebrated Aussie street artists who - alongside Movember Co-founder and Global Brand & Creative Director, Travis Garone - has been given the unique opportunity to reimagine the MR. MONOPOLY character for the first time ever in the game’s 85-year history.
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