Year of the Wolf
Published : June 19, 2018
By street artist Heesco
Renowned street artist Heesco is the latest Melbourne artist to create an artwork for Dandenong Market, as part of our street art programme.
Heesco is a celebrated muralist and fine artist recognised for his stylistically diverse work. Heesco’s experimental, emotive and genre-defying artworks cross effortlessly between fine art, street art, and illustration.
Born and raised in Mongolia, Heesco moved to Australia in 1999. With a lengthy resume spanning over 15 years, Heesco has completed various high-profile projects, including the ‘A Twist at Every Turn’ campaign for Visit Victoria; the ‘World’s 50 Best’ event in Melbourne and the Weethalle Silo Art project in rural NSW. Heesco was challenged by Dandenong Market to create a mural that reflects the fighting spirit and determination of Dandenong Market’s traders and the hard-working community of Dandenong.
Heesco’s mural for Dandenong Market, titled ‘Year of the Wolf’, depicts a wolf pack over the course of four seasons. Spanning five panels positioned on the King Street façade of Dandenong Market, each segment has its own thematic colour and mood scheme but appears as one continuous panoramic image from a distance.
"Wolves have a particular significance in Mongolian culture," said Heesco. “Wolves hold a very special place in my heart. They symbolise intelligence, strength and ferocity, but they are also known as protective, nurturing and gentle animals. The most significant quality of the wolves is how they organise as a pack and collaborate towards a common goal. In Mongolian folklore and mythology, wolves are the ultimate symbol of strength, intelligence, and unity.”
The large-scale artwork is 31 metres long and 3.6 metres high.
‘Year of the Wolf’ joins ‘Rising Phoenix’ by artist Bonsai. ‘Rising Phoenix’ was painted on the external Bazaar wall on Cleeland Street in December 2017.
To visit the artwork, head north alongside the fruit and veg footpath, or walking up King Street. The artwork is located on the King Street facade of Dandenong Market.
Heesco is a celebrated muralist and fine artist recognised for his stylistically diverse and prolific work. His experimental, emotive and genre defying artworks cross effortlessly between fine art, street art, and illustration.
Born and raised in Mongolia, Heesco moved to Australia in 1999.
With a lengthy resume spanning well over 15 years of gallery exhibitions, private and public mural commissions, numerous publications and projects under his belt, Heesco is a highly skilled craftsman with a unique concept driven vision all of his own.
Heesco has completed various high profile projects, some of the recent ones include “A Twist at Every Turn” campaign for Visit Victoria; mural for World’s 50 Best event in Melbourne; Weethalle Silo Art - a 22 metre mural in rural NSW; collaborative mural with indigenous artist Dennis Golding for “Andrew’s Hub” - NEP offices in Sydney; Community Mural project in Nhulunbuy, NT; organising and coordinating murals for the United Nations in Mongolia, as well as providing the cover image for the recent issue of Griffiths Review - “Perils of Populism”.
Heesco is also a regular collaborator with the world-renowned Attica restaurant, and is a subject of a mini documentary currently in production, due to be released early 2018.
Heesco is the winner of 2017 Footscray Art Prize, 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize finalist, and two-time winner of Secret Wars live art battle competition.