Just 3 mins to paint Elvis

Just 3 mins to paint Elvis

In less than five minutes, Australian speed painter Brad Blaze is able to complete a large portrait of a well-known personality, such as Steve Jobs or Michael Jackson.

But it doesn't stop there. With a whisk of his brush, Blaze - whose real name is Bradley Wightman - is able to transform the portrait into that of another face.

The 39-year-old, who has painted in front of audiences around the world, as well as for prime ministers, sports celebrities and rock stars, will be here on Saturday to perform in front of a 6,000-strong crowd at U Picnic, Singapore's largest family picnic organised by NTUC, to be held in West Coast Park.

What is speed painting?

Speed painting, as a performance, is painting large, oversized paintings onstage.

I have painted portraits of four prime ministers and famous sports people, such as Tiger Woods, in front of an audience.

I would normally try to let my audience guess the image in my paintings, and I would add elements of excitement and high energy by painting each portrait in less than six minutes.

How did you get into speed painting?

I got into this career by accident.

I have always loved drawing since I was a child. I was working in insurance litigation and, to reduce my stress level, I started drawing caricatures. Then I began to draw "live" at parties and events.

One thing led to another, and I eventually found myself performing onstage. It was exciting!

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