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The inspiration for the design is Luna Park and Sydney. Every day, Taylor's creative energy is spent painting the fat jolly ladies, pasty-faced clowns and red-coated attendants who populate Australia's most celebrated and controversial fun park. One of the reasons it has survived so long is its location on the harbour, plus the charm of its key buildings - Coney Island and the Crystal Palace. There is something about the lights at night, the reflections on the water, the view across the harbour through the bridge to the Opera House. And that face. It has become the face of Sydney. You can see it constantly used in newspaper cartoons, expressing collective joy or sorrow.
ASHLEY TAYLOR – Resident Artist Luna Park Sydney
Ashley attended art colleges in both Sydney and Lismore and although well accomplished in most areas of art, his skill in painting large murals ensured that he received many commissions. He first worked at Luna Park Sydney in 1994 -1995 under the guidance of artist Peter Kingston assisting in the restoration of artwork created by Arthur Barton in Coney Island. He very quickly mastered Barton’s style which he has used to great effect in re-creating murals of some of the old facades which had existed at the park. In 2003 he returned to Luna Park as artist in residence. Ashley’s own artistic style and interpretation is a natural fit alongside Arthur Barton’s work. The colourful and playful art created by Ashley is important in setting the tone and background to a unique amusement park from the 1930s.