You may have already heard of Mook Lion or have seen his work in the inner-city of Durban. He is one South Africa’s foremost street artists and muralists and shares his art passionately with his city.
Armed with a Masters in Technology in Fine Art (DUT), he explains that he initially approached graffiti and fine art separately, and it was really when he combined the two disciplines that he found something he really enjoyed. Mook Lion’s work takes influence from the print technique linocut and uses very graphic and bold marks.
One of his many completed projects around the city includes his “Still Free Exhibition ” – an exhibition held on Anton Lembede Street in Durban’s CBD where he brought fine art to a public space. This is an idea Mook Lion or “Mookie” as he is all known by, is very passionate about.
Another project involved Mookie collaborating with other local street artists to lift the cities electricity mini-substation boxes in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality – which coincided with the UIA International Union of Architects Conference held in Durban in 2014.
Commercially he has collaborated with brands such as Blackberry, Converse and Nandos to name a few.
Make it Wonderful
In 2015 the Franke Group launched a global campaign introducing “Make It wonderful” as Franke’s official tagline. This is Franke’s promise to make everyday life a little more special for end consumers and for its business partners.
To bring the creative idea to life, Franke commissioned internationally renowned artists including Victo Ngai , Shan Jiang and ilovedust to provide whimsical and humorous insights into everyday moments associated with Franke’s product portfolio emotionally. The drawings and doodles show how Franke products lighten people’s workload, increase their well-being through social encounters, and turn a house into a home.
Franke SA Artist Feature
With full creative freedom given to the artist, Mookie has announced his work will depict Wonderful Creatures in the Kitchen for this activation. Visitors to the Decorex Durban show will be able to watch the live mural painting take shape on the Franke stand.
In addition Mookie Lion has created a series of pieces for Franke’s kitchen stand at the Decorex Durban show including a custom kitchen splashback.
“In line with the theme for Decorex SA 2019 – ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’ we are excited to be featuring local artist Mook Lion at our stand “.
“Mookie has a passion for bringing beauty to uninspiring spaces in the city that resonates with our passion at Franke for making ordinary spaces, and ordinary experiences wonderful.” explained Chris Rothmann, Marketing Manager of Franke South Africa.
If you’re in Durban from the 21st – 24th March don’t miss this exciting installation! Visit the Franke stand at Decorex Durban where you can see Franke’s range of kitchen, bathroom and worktop solutions and meet their team of friendly experts. As well as be inspired and entertained by the wonderful work of Mook Lion.
For more information contact Franke South Africa on 0861 372 653 or visit www.franke.co.za.
And if you are not in town but would like to see Mookie’s mural as it unfolds follow Franke Group on Facebook , Instagram or Twitter where they will be active throughout the show.