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Denise Quall by Aches

Aches is a Dublin based Irish artist, specialising in large scale murals and Graffiti. Born in 1992, he started drawing and painting at a young age and began to paint graffiti when he was 15 years old. After graduating from NCAD with a degree in Visual Communications, Aches began to fuse his knowledge of Graphic Design and Graffiti.
Aches has been invited to design and create original artwork for projects around the world, in countries such as Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, France and England.
After a decade of painting outdoors, Aches’ artistic practice is now shared in equal balance between contemporary murals and studio work.


Denise Quall is a Saltwater person from the Dangalaba Clan (Crocodile Clan) and has lived in Darwin on Larrakia Land her whole life. She recently won NAIDOC Artist of the Year and has painted numerous murals throughout Darwin, and for the Darwin Street Art Festival.

Denise’s mother is a Larrakia woman and her father is of Fillipino descent on his father’s side and his mother is from the Lake Nash area, near Alice Springs. Denise was born in Darwin and grew up in Parap camp in the old Sydney Williams huts. The youngest of five children, three brothers and one sister, she has lived in Darwin all her life. Denise has always been passionate about her art and is skilled in fabric printing, lino cut printing, painting on canvas, and more recently large scale public murals on a range of surfaces.

Taught by her family, Denise started at the Larrakia Nation Art Centre in 2005, after many years of painting on canvas and fabric from her home in Karama. Denise now works on large scale public art projects such as the roof painting at the Darwin airport, Lyons Park rock sculpture and design, Tiger Brennan Drive and currently the interior and exterior public art work for accommodation at the hospital. Denise’s dreaming totems are the saltwater crocodile (Dangalaba) and Sea Eagle (Nagandji Nagandji).

Aches met Denise when he arrived in Darwin and used photographs he took of her to design this spectacular mural. During the painting process Denise could be found sitting in a camp chair across the road patiently watching as Aches painted. DSAF is incredibly honoured to be able to recognise Denise through this mural, which is the first mural to be painted along the Nightcliff Foreshore.

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Mural Location: 81 Nightcliff Road, Nightcliff

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