Spray paint artist finds audience at Old Home Week

Mitch MacDonald comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 16, 2014

Fast drivers and lucky gamblers won’t be the only ones leaving this year’s Old Home Week with a few extra bucks in their pockets.

A bustling crowd at the provincial exhibition has also been lucrative for a New Brunswick spray paint artist.

Located between the midway and racetrack, Nathan Salmon has spent much of the week in Charlottetown entertaining crowds with a unique brand of performance art.

Armed only with spray paint, magazine paper and a putty knife, Salmon creates psychedelic pieces within three to five minutes.

He also takes requests.

“I can create it in front of anyone, whatever they want, within limits,” said Salmon, who is doing about 100 shows this summer in four provinces.

Salmon, a chemistry major at Mount Allison University, said he began practicing the art two and a half years ago.

Until that point, he said he had little interest in art.

“Not really, I mean I enjoyed sketching a little bit but I didn’t have a lot of ability in it,” he said. “I kind of ran across this street art down in Mexico, I saw a few videos and loved it.

“I went in my garage for like eight hours a day for two months and tried to figure it out and got to the point where I had to start selling them… luckily the local market let me in and I kind of went from there.”

That market has grown across the east coast through the summer shows and business during Old Home Week was no exception.

“It’s been great, everyone here seems to love my stuff,” said Salmon. “I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Salmon said anyone interested in his work can find out more at www.facebook.com/salmnat

New Brunswick spray paint artist Nathan Salmon with two of the many pieces he created during this year’s Old Home Week in Charlottetown.

©Guardian photo by Mitch MacDonald