Newcastle Airport X Mitch Revs

A Brush with Aviation

In the bustling heart of Newcastle Airport, amidst the comings and goings of travelers and the hum of aircraft, lies a vibrant testament to the spirit of the region. An Illustration of grand proportions adorns the side of the hangar, capturing the essence of Newcastle and its airport in a riot of color and movement. This captivating Instalation, created by the talented artist Mitch Revs, is a celebration of community, aviation, and local landmarks.

Commissioned by the Newcastle Airport, this monumental illustration is more than just a piece of art—it's a reflection of the region's identity. From the iconic Stockton Bridge to the charming Port Stephens area, every detail pays homage to the rich tapestry of Newcastle's landscape.

But this mural is more than just a static image—it's a dynamic portrayal of the airport's bustling atmosphere. From the lively hustle and bustle of airport activity to the looming presence of RAAF aircrafts, every detail breathes life into the scene. Even the familiar sight of the "bird bath" and the distinctive white and red boxes along the runway find their place in this colorful tableau.

Yet, amidst the vibrant chaos, there are subtle nods to the human element. If you look closely, you'll spot references to travelers embarking on new adventures, the presence of the Knight Bus, and perhaps even some local sporting heroes. It's a scene that invites exploration, inviting viewers to discover new details with each visit.

The creation of this Illustration coincided with a significant moment for Newcastle Airport—the anticipation of upcoming renovations. As the region emerged from lockdown, albeit with planes still grounded due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, this artwork served as a beacon of hope and resilience. It offered a glimpse of what the airport once was and what it would soon become—a vibrant hub of connectivity and community.

Installing an artwork of this scale was no small feat. Beyond the technical challenges of working with such large dimensions, obtaining approval for the installation required navigating the complexities of local regulations. A Development Application (DA) was necessary to ensure that this stunning mural could grace the side of the hangar for all to see.

With $55 million in funding allocated for a significant upgrade and expansion of the international terminal, the airport's growth heralds a new era of connectivity and opportunity for the region.

Our Airport's expansion means more than just making international travel easier for our community—it signifies a gateway to reunions with loved ones, a conduit for new businesses and jobs, and a catalyst for economic prosperity. Over the next 20 years, this investment is projected to generate a staggering $12.7 billion for our region's economy, cementing Newcastle Airport's pivotal role in driving growth and development.

So, the next time you find yourself at Newcastle Airport, take a moment to pause and reflect on the journey ahead. The sky's the limit, and the adventure awaits.

April 18, 2024 — Mitch Revs

Mitch Revs X Australian Open

A Fusion of Art, Taste, and Sport

As Australians, there are certain things that resonate deeply with our identity - from the love of sport to the taste of Vegemite on toast. These cultural touchstones are celebrated in unique ways, and when creativity meets tradition, magic happens. One such moment of magic occurred when Artist Mitch Revs collaborated with Vegemite's "Taste of Australia" campaign to mark its 95th anniversary, alongside a continued partnership with the prestigious Australian Open tennis tournament.

The collaboration brought together two quintessentially Australian icons: Vegemite, a staple in many Aussie households, and the Australian Open, the nation's largest professional tennis tournament. Mitch Revs was invited to the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne to paint live, adding his vibrant artistic flair to the festivities.

Mitch painted a mural that captured the essence of both Vegemite and the Australian Open. Set against the backdrop of the Melbourne skyline, the mural featured iconic symbols of Vegemite, including its distinctive logo, intertwined with elements of tennis. Central to the mural was a silhouette of tennis sensation Ash Barty, poised to serve the ball with determination and grace. The mural also paid tribute to the unsung heroes of the Australian Open - the ball kids.

As part of the partnership, Vegemite became the official sponsor of the Australian Open ballkid program, providing support to the dedicated squad throughout their training and official duties. This initiative not only underscored Vegemite's commitment to fostering youth development but also highlighted the company's deep roots in Australian culture.

The collaboration between Mitch Revs and Vegemite, set against the backdrop of the Australian Open, exemplified the spirit of innovation and creativity that defines Australian identity. It was a celebration of tradition and progress, artistry and athleticism, and above all, a taste of what it means to be truly Australian.

March 20, 2024 — Mitch Revs

Mitch Revs X Paul McCartney

Harmonies in Art

In the heart of Newcastle West, where creativity meets the streets, a vibrant testament to musical legacy now graces the corner of Hunter St and Stewart Ave. This striking 140msq mural, a product of collaboration between Mitch Revs, legendary musician Paul McCartney, and Venues NSW, stands as a celebration of artistic ingenuity and timeless melodies.

Commissioned by Venues NSW to coincide with Paul McCartney's monumental concert at McDonald Jones Stadium on the 24th of October 2023, this mural transcends mere promotion. It embodies the essence of McCartney's storied career, encapsulating his colorful history as a musician and a living Beatle.

Mitch Revs, known for his dynamic use of color, bold typography, and intricate florals, lent his artistic prowess to this project. However, what truly makes this mural extraordinary is the symbology provided directly by Sir Paul McCartney himself. Drawing from McCartney's iconic imagery and personal narratives, the mural becomes a visual symphony, resonating with fans and passersby alike.

As one delves into the mural's details, echoes of McCartney's journey reverberate. Vibrant bursts of color reminiscent of the psychedelic era pay homage to his groundbreaking work with The Beatles. Bold typography evokes the energy of his live performances, capturing the essence of his enduring stage presence.

The inclusion of florals, a signature motif in Mitch Revs' work, adds an element of whimsy and organic beauty. These florals intertwine with McCartney's musical legacy, symbolising growth, harmony, and the timeless nature of his compositions.

Mitch Revs' distinct style seamlessly integrates with McCartney's iconic imagery, resulting in a mural that feels both contemporary and timeless. The mural not only serves as a tribute to McCartney's influence on music but also as a testament to the power of collaboration in the realm of art.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the mural serves as a focal point for community engagement and cultural enrichment. It sparks conversations, ignites imaginations, and fosters a sense of collective pride in Newcastle's vibrant arts scene.

As visitors and locals alike traverse the streets of Newcastle West, they are greeted by a kaleidoscope of color and melody—a testament to the enduring legacy of one of music's greatest icons. Mitch Revs and Paul McCartney's collaboration stands as a beacon of creativity, reminding us of the transformative power of art to unite, inspire, and uplift.

March 19, 2024 — Mitch Revs

Hunter Water X Mitch Revs

Amid the harsh realities of 2020, Mitch Revs teamed up with Hunter Water to become an ambassador to raise awareness about water conservation.
July 20, 2023 — MRG

Mark Hughes Foundation X Mitch Revs

A Passionate Journey to Make a Difference

Creating art is often a labor of love, but when passion meets purpose, it can become a powerful force for good. Mitch Revs embarked on a remarkable journey when he collaborated with the Mark Hughes Foundation to support brain cancer research. His determination and love for his craft led to an incredible project that not only celebrated the legendary Newcastle Knights team of 1997 but also raised significant funds for a cause close to his heart.

The seed of this special collaboration was planted when Mitch first caught up with Mark Hughes in 2017 to discuss the idea. As a devoted Newcastle Knights fan, Mitch couldn't help but feel the significance of commemorating the iconic 1997 team. He immersed himself in reliving the thrilling moments of the game, going through photographs, and drawing inspiration from the unforgettable match. The concept of creating an artwork that would honor the team and support the Mark Hughes Foundation and brain cancer research quickly captured his imagination.

To bring his vision to life, Mitch poured his heart and soul into the artwork. Countless sleepless nights were spent perfecting every detail, ensuring that the piece would be a true representation of the team's greatness and the cause it was supporting.

The hard work and determination paid off when the artwork was finally unveiled. The legendary Paul Harrigan, affectionately known as "The Chief," was present at the event. His curiosity about the process was evident when he asked Mitch about the sleepless nights he had endured. Mitch's response revealed just how much this project meant to him and how deeply he cared about supporting the Mark Hughes Foundation's mission.

Beyond the artwork itself, Mitch showed his commitment to the cause by donating 25% of all print sales from the launch night to the Mark Hughes Foundation and brain cancer research. The artworks were auctioned off athe MHF Magic Ball Live Auction. There were 6 Limited Edition prints (hand signed) to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of winning the 1997 ARL Grand Final. Mitch learned that one of the original hand-signed knights '97 grand final artworks had been auctioned, raising $3300 for the foundation.

In 2018 Mitch collaborated with the Mark Hughes foundation again by creating a noteworthy MHF notebook to further help raise funds for the MHF.

Throughout his then seven-year journey as an artist, Mitch has managed to raise an impressive $107,000 for various charities and community initiatives. For him, it's not just about creating beautiful art; it's about using his talent to inspire and make a positive impact. His story serves as an inspiration to many aspiring artists, young and old, who seek to find their purpose and make a difference through their creativity.

July 19, 2023 — Mitch Revs

Qt X Mitch Revs

The former David Jones building, which now houses the chic and luxurious Qt Newcastle hotel, came alive with the artistic magic of Mitch Revs as he breathed life into two mannequins, adding a touch of local flair, fashion, and the vision for the city.
July 19, 2023 — MRG

Newcastle Racecourse X Mitch Revs

Mitch Revs joined forces with the prestigious Newcastle Racecourse to create a captivating two-part mural project. This artistic endeavor aimed to infuse the venue with a sense of vibrancy and celebrate the dynamic world of horse racing. With the first mural adorning the foyer's entryway and the second spanning the grandstand's side, Revs left an indelible mark on the racecourse that resonates with locals and visitors alike.
July 18, 2023 — MRG

Norris Nuts X Mitch Revs

In 2020, The norris Nuts joined forces with Mitch Revs, to create an exclusive range of merchandise for their online store.
July 17, 2023 — MRG

Porsche X Mitch Revs

Mitch's collaboration with Porsche Newcastle stands as a testament to the power of dreams and the significance of childhood memories. It represents the intersection of passion, creativity, and the indelible bond between generations.
June 17, 2023 — MRG

HMRI X Mitch Revs

The HMRI Art Series, a long-standing tradition in the Hunter region, once again merges scientific brilliance with creative artistry in its 2023 edition. This year, Professor Brett Nixon, the recipient of the HMRI Award for Research Excellence, and Mitch Revs, joined forces to create a thought-provoking collaboration.
June 09, 2023 — MRG