Desmond Sweeney is an artist focused on the integration of art into our environment. With a fascination for large fresco mural work, Desmond creates traditional landscape and seascape murals inspired by vintage wallpaper, natural history museum diorama, and early surf photography.
Desmond completed a traditional signwriting apprenticeship and ran his own studio for several years, specialising in handpainted signage, illustration & faux effects.
Relocating to Europe allowed Desmond to work on sets and restoration projects at the historic Richmond Theatre in London, U.K. He later returned to Western Australia to work for CDM Studio as a special FX paint specialist replicating regionally specific habitats for Perth Zoo.
An invitation to work with Opera Australia led to 5 years being spent as a special finishes, backdrops, and props artist. Whilst in Sydney the Artist taught special effects props painting, portraiture and scenic painting at the National Institue of Dramatic Arts N.I.D.A
8foot & Co enhance the space around us with art, and specialise in murals, painted decorative finishes, aged plaster, weathered cement render as well as distressed hand painted signage.
8footwalls has collaborated on bespoke projects for premiere architects and design firms; Akin Creative, Snoop Global, Acme & Co, Alexander & Co, Danny Broe and worked on several venues for Hemmes Trading Ltd and FJM Property.
8footwalls came into being in 2014 as a culmination of the skills and experiences gained over 15 years of continual practice and teaching in the arts.