Next time you’re getting re-burger or sushi from the food truck area on Brownston Street, make sure to check out a beautiful new mural by Kophie Hulsbosch. Hulsbosch was proudly raised in Wānaka until the age of 10 when she moved to Christchurch, but said, “my heart is always in Wānaka.”
Hulsbosch attended Ara Institute of Canterbury where she obtained a Certificate in Design, before finishing with a Bachelor of Visual Communication as well as a First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Media Arts. “I have always been inspired by street culture, growing up in Wānaka surrounded by skaters and snowboarders and then moving to Christchurch seeing all the vibrant graffiti,” said Hulsbosch.
Recently her Opoe, (grandmother) Nelly Hulsbosch, unfortunately passed away after a long illness and Hulsbosch travelled down to Wānaka to spend time with family. Her grandparents migrated to NZ from the Netherlands around 1967, with five kids in tow, and have lived in Wānaka for about 25-30 years surrounded by friends, family and even great grandchildren.
It was during this grieving process that she and her partner, Callum, who are both artists, “saw an opportunity to paint in the new food court area on Brownston Street” and approached the owner who agreed to let them paint whatever they wanted.
For Hulsbosch, who is used to commissioned artwork back in Christchurch, it was nice to have that freedom to paint with no restrictions. Hulsbosch decided to dedicate the painting to her Opoe, “as she always supported me and thought my art was amazing. The piece is a self portrait, representing the Hulsbosch name and the poppy behind the ear was Opoe's favourite flower. It was a commemoration piece and a way to show my respect to her and also deal with my emotions of losing her.”
The piece took Hulsbosch only about a day to design and execute as she works primarily with spray paint which is fast drying. The mural, now finished, adds a beautiful pop of colour to the streets of Wānaka.