Oamaru artist Ryan Moore has repaid the support local people have given him.
His Facebook page “Gripart – Ryan Moore Artist” recently reached 1000 likes.
To celebrate, he decided to give away his latest Oamaru streetscape painting, which featured the ANZ Bank and Forrester Gallery buildings.
However, there was a catch.
Mr Moore hid the artwork, wrapped in plastic, in the area depicted in the artwork and challenged people to find it.
Within the space of about quarter of an hour, it was gone.
He said the process was “somewhat impromptu”.
“As a sign of gratitude, because an artist is nothing without his fans, I thought I would repay the favour.
“It was right in front of the bank, and the artwork was of that exact same spot . . . you’ve just got to keep it interesting, especially in this world we live in. There are so many people I would like to have my art.”
Would he do something similar again?
“Possibly. I guess just watch this space. When I have 2000 likes, it might happen again.”
Mr Moore’s art features stencil portraits on skateboard griptape.
He has painted on skateboards since 1998, and first used Wite-out correction fluid smudged with his thumb to create the images.
He then moved on to stenciling, and eventually started putting griptape into frames.
He takes a picture of the subject and hand-cuts multiple stencils to layer white spray paint on black griptape, with paint application giving the different grey scales.