Over the weekend, my good friend Hong Tran of Bear Essentials invited me along to attend the exhibition of artist Richard Carrie at the HoMie store in Melbourne Central. Richard is a talented artist who creates portraits on canvas with mixed mediums. He’s also homeless and has been living rough on Melbourne’s streets since 2014.
It’s remarkable that someone living rough can produce creative works of art under such stressful conditions but according to the artist, his art keeps him sane. He often sets up his canvas on a city sidewalk to paint and sites artists Lara Zombie and Banksy as his inspirations.
HoMie is a not for profit initiative supporting Melbourne’s homeless community. The store’s founders, Nick Pearce, and Marcus Crook hosted the event to help raise money for Richard and to support his painting.
There was a good turnout of people who came along to support Richard and bid on his paintings. I tried to chat with him on numerous occasions, but he was so popular with his guests that I didn’t get an opportunity. I felt a bit like a sad wallflower who didn’t get a dance card, but my consolation was being able to view his paintings and meet a group of interesting people.
You can watch a video of Richard’s story here.
The HoMie store is located at Shop 2, Level 2, Melbourne Central, Melbourne.