Artist Lach Taylor-Grant, aka REM, paints coronavirus-inspired mural in Assembly bar | Canberra Times

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Artist Lach Taylor-Grant, alias Rem, has captured the spirit of the times with his latest mural next to Tinnie Bar at the Assembly pub in Braddon, where he also works as a manager. The “coronavirus octopus” lurking in the corner of the bar, not double-vaccinated but triple-vaccinated, always gives Lach a sense of accomplishment, even though it’s not usually seen. “I really like it, especially the concept of coming out of quarantine, and it has a message that’s very important right now. I’m one of those people who thinks everyone should be vaccinated,” he said. “Something we do really well in Canberra. Sometimes that Canberra bubble is a good thing.” The 26-year-old born and bred Canberran has had other jobs in his hometown, including another octopus at the European Garage in Fyshwick. “Really beautiful shapes to paint,” he said. “I didn’t want to have to be known as the Octopus Man, but people love it, so I decided to lean towards him.” Lach says his goal is to work as a full-time artist and fill in some of the “big, gray walls” around Canberra. He thinks he “didn’t do well in school,” but found his niche in the arts. “Probably because I’m in control and I love creating things,” he said. “I like to do tangible things, to work with my hands.” Lach also launched the Flow State University initiative, a space where artists can collaborate and support each other’s efforts, and it paid forward after helping him take the stage, including stencil artist Luke Cornish, aka ELK, who took him under his wing. . And the sky is literally the limit for Lach. “There’s a lot of blank walls, a lot of big, gray monsters in Canberra, and I’m one of those people who wants to paint everything,” he said. Our journalists work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. You can continue to access our trusted content by:


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