Prime Minister Turnbull is flawless, says Eastern Suburbs artist

Prime Minister Turnbull is flawless, says Eastern Suburbs artist

22 September, 2015. 16:10

CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact

The newly sworn-in Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has today appeared as the subject of a “guerrilla art” instalment that hangs from the roof of a historic hotel in his hometown electorate.

In the style of Obama’s iconic image of  “hope” made famous during the 2008 Obama campaign, Mr Turnbull stands as tall as the top two stories of the Golden Sheaf hotel.

Barack Obama's iconic "Hope" poster.
Barack Obama’s iconic “Hope” poster.

Emblazoned underneath his portrait is the word “FLAWLESS”.

While the Obama “hope” image is iconic and often recreated, the “flawless” caption can only be at direct shot at Tony Abbott.

The poster portrait of Turnbull appears to to be also referencing a similar outdoor instalment that recently appeared in Chippendale, which represents the exact opposite of a ‘flawless’ Malcolm Turnbull: The “hopeless” Abbott government.

The original "Hopeless" poster, depicting Tony Abbott, first appeared on a billboard in Sydney's Chippendale, before being plastered around the country as a poster
The original “Hopeless” poster, depicting Tony Abbott, first appeared on a billboard in Sydney’s Chippendale, before being plastered around the country as a poster

The 20.5 metre tall poster, which hangs from the roof of The Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay, is the brainchild of 52-year-old Sydney-based marketing executive, Andrew Maloush.

He believes the poster represents a sentiment shared by many Australians.

“Obama gave people hope, whereas Abbott just made us feel hopeless – and was pretty hopeless himself,”

“But Turnbull… He’s rich, well-spoken, relatively handsome and he knows his wine,”

“He’s definitely what people in The East (Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, NSW) aspire to be,”

Malcolm Turnbull shows his eastern suburbs colours after the Sydney Roosters won the minor premiership in 2013, the night he was re-elected to his seat of Wentworth
Malcolm Turnbull shows his eastern suburbs colours after the Sydney Roosters won the minor premiership in 2013, the night he was re-elected to his seat of Wentworth

While the hotel’s owners admit they did not officially give permission for the “banksy-style” art exercise that popped up overnight, they have confirmed the poster will stay where it is.

“Our patrons love it!” says Keiran Levy, manager of The Golden Sheaf.

“This is The Golden Sheaf in Double Bay, not the Rooty Hill RSL. You don’t have to be ashamed of voting Liberal in these parts. Especially seeing Malcolm is now the face of it all,”

Andrew Maloush, the famous Eastern Suburbs artist behind the new poster
Andrew Maloush, the famous Eastern Suburbs artist behind the new “flawless” poster

It is believed that Andrew Maloush, along with his son and three friends, spent up to three hours watching Nepali migrant workers erect the poster late last night after the pub had closed.

The hotel has maintained that the men will not be facing charges.

Andrew Maloush’s co-conspirer and first-born son, Nick Maloush, is also well-known in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. As a party-boy socialite, Nick (26) is the subject of an upcoming television series that focuses on the decadence of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

Prime Minister Turnbull has refused to comment on the “art” instalment, however his wife, Lucy Turnbull has said the “prank very typical of the Maloush family” but has said the Prime Minister was able to see the lighter side.

“We have known the family for many years. Our sons rowed together. Malcolm has always had a soft spot for those silly wogs,”

SEE BELOW: Nick Maloush, son of the Golden Sheaf guerrilla artist Andrew Maloush, appears in the trailer for the upcoming Streets Of Sydney television series.

 

 

Meet Nick Maloush, ‘King of the East’. He only rides in style. #SOS #EasternSuburbs

Posted by Streets of Sydney on Thursday, 16 July 2015

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