By Mitchell Kirkmoe
297 mm x 420 mm framed
Mitch Kirkmoe (kirkmoe.art) is from the south east of Melbourne and has lived a life surrounded by sports, notably basketball and football. He has always enjoyed drawing but had little patience for it initially, producing zero pictures after completing year 12 in 2015. In November 2020 he picked up drawing again as a COVID hobby and his focus on producing graphite pencil portraits has branched out to colour. Mitch hopes to one day move to painting with oils on canvas, just like his grandfather Peter did. He inspired Mitch with his great paintings. Most of what he draws is to help raise awareness of the issues he feels passionate about such as illness, racism, etc.
Mitch became inspired by the recent AFL issues around racism, admiring players who stood up and said, “enough is enough.” Mitch decided to look back on a big moment in the AFL’s history to the famous photography of Nicky Winma, lifting his playing jumper up and pointing at the colour of his skin, announcing that he was proud of who he was. Mitch wanted to contribute to raising awareness and Nicky Winmar was the root of this inspiration.