ART + DESIGN
Artist Brendan Grant captures a range of local and international scenes in his distinctive style, and can often be found painting while at the market on a Saturday. Brendan offers originals, prints, and a range of other items at his weekly stall.
A few words from Simon Darby of Picture That.
"I graduated from Massey University in 2006 with a bachelor of Design degree, with a major in illustration and worked in animation as a texture painter. For the last 5 years I have been a freelance illustrator.
Picture That is the name of my stall and I sell arcylic paintings. I paint mainly pop culture portraits such as film and TV actors, music artists and fantasy characters. But I also commissionns such as family members and animals.
I usually get a image sent to me for commissions through my email: or can be contacted on 021 1072789."
CARTOGRAPHICA MAPS AND PRINTS
Get lost in a pile of New Zealand promotions from the seventies, or pick out a map reproduction Cook himself might have used! A wide range of maps, ephemera, reproductions of vintage posters and advertising ranging in size from pocket curios to giant hero pieces for your home or office.
Tell us the story of how you came to be here. How did you get started in this business and how long have you been in business?
The bookshop where is was selling my prints etc was soon to close so I opened my stall at the Underground to have a venue to market my stock.
If you make or design your products yourself, do you have people help you with the production of the items? Do you see yourself primarily as an artist or business person, and why?
Most of my items are bought from overseas dealers (even the NZ images and maps as they are very difficult to source locally). I mount all and occasionally hand-colour some, of the items. I also publish fine reproductions of certain exceptional NZ maps and images as well as appropriating a few antique prints and redrawing them.
What job did you do before you had your business?
What motivates you to run your own business?
The market fits in with my life style.
What are the biggest business lessons you have learnt?
Diversify and have a range of small ticket items.
What business practices help you to be a more successful?
Being creative and continually adding new items to my stock.
What business achievement are you most proud of?
Running a successful bookshop for over 20 years.
What does success mean to you?
Not having to work during everyone else's working week.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Marooned on a desert island.
What business or design tip would you tell yourself of 5 or 10 years ago, that you wish you now knew?
Stick to your knitting.
What product do you enjoy making/designing the most and why?
I enjoy publishing and hand colouring my Captain Cook NZ, as it sells exceptionally well and people seem to really appreciate the item.
What is your top selling product and why do you think this is?
the cook chart is a reliable seller.. also a large hanging wall map of Wellington from the 1940's that I publish. I sell hundreds of small ticket mounted cards.
How do you spend your down time?
Listening to baroque Italian opera.