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Taubmans celebrates a new breed of creatives 18 June 2015

In the late 1890s, George Henry Taubman, a Sydney sign writer, was dissatisfied with the quality of paints available in the Australian market. He decided to establish his own paint business, supplying himself with the highest quality paints needed for his trade.

To pay tribute to this rich history and the revival of traditional trades, Taubmans is launching a new campaign named Off Canvas that blurs the lines between art and trade to celebrate the creatives of today.

The Off Canvass program was launched at DEN Furniture + Design Fair in May with TJ Guzzardi, a Melbourne sign painter. The Taubmans stand at DEN fair was designed to resemble a traditional sign writer’s workshop, with TJ Guzzardi commissioned to paint signs throughout the event. TJ created works of the old and new Taubmans paint colour names such as “Mojo” and “Acid Rock” reviving his old art and paying homage to George Taubman.

To celebrate the launch of the new Colour Galaxy Fandeck, Taubmans has commissioned muralist Stephen Baker to create the artwork for the fandeck bag, which will be available to design professionals. “The Painter” artwork has been created exclusively for Taubmans by Stephen and is inspired by Taubmans’ founder, George Taubman and his sign writing trade.

TJ Guzzardi

TJ Guzzardi has revived the almost forgotten art of sign writing from his workshop in Tullamarine, Melbourne. The workshop walls are adorned with his custom hand-painted signs and he has an impressive collection of vintage objects and furniture on display that feels as though it is still the 1950s.

Completely self-taught, TJ first dabbled in his art at the age of 15 when he started pinstriping in his father’s hot rod shop. Raised by parents that shared a love of vintage 1950s culture, TJ was exposed the lifestyle from a young age, where he developed his unique style and flair.

Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker is a Melbourne-based artist and creative, best known for his hand painted mural adorning the Fitzroy Pool in Melbourne.  Stephen’s style is distinctive,
applying bold lines and colour blocking to create striking illustrations and artworks. His versatile approach enables him to produce both large and small-scale paintings that feature bold colour palettes and signature geometric shapes.

Stephen spent many years designing graphic art for various clothing brands in the street and commercial space where he developed an innate skill and love of screen-printing and repeat pattern making, which plays a major role in his artistic style today. Over time, Stephen has simplified his technique and has developed a distinctive style of line work that enables him to tell a story with less information, less line work, less colour and less shapes.


This month, Taubmans announced a new collaboration with acclaimed street artist Rone. Famous for his large-scale paintings of striking women, in particular the recurring image of his “Jane Doe”, Rone’s work depicts the meeting point between beauty and decay.

Rone is based at Everfresh Studio in Melbourne and began his career stencilling on
skateboards and skate parks. Today, he travels the world to create major commissioned artworks.

After achieving wide recognition in the art industry, some of Rone’s works are now
permanently housed in the National Gallery of Victoria and he is considered to be Melbourne’s most prolific street artist.