STREET ARTIST AND MURALIST 10 YEARS STRONG AND BOLD
By: Zethembe Sibiya
Daniel “Mooklion” Chapman is a street artist, surfer, music fanatic and muralist studying his Master’s degree in fine art at the Durban University of Technology.
Mook has been in the street art culture for ten years, the year 2015 marking the benchmark.
He is inspired by Thami Jali, Faith 47, Banksy, Blu, Jose Clemente Orozco and his travels.
“Funny enough my mom bought me my first spray paint,” said Mook in an interview with CNN.
He is part of a crew called Questboys consisting of Mooklion, Sakhile Mhlongo, Tyran Roy, Sphephelo Mnguni and Kev 7, who are from all over South Africa and together have won
multiple awards in the street art and muralism.
He recently went to Berlin, in Germany to attend a conference on representation in art, gentrification and visual action, which is part of his research as he studies toward his master’s
He and his Questboys crew have competed in many competitions and have come victorious.
In 2011 he came first in the Blackberry Masters of Rhythm National Graffiti Contest and again in 2010 he came second in the World Cup graffiti Contest. Questboys won the Back to the City contest in 2013 and few from many others he has achieved.
“I am a commercial artist and paint murals and canvases for private customers, businesses, night clubs, schools and organisations including Blackberry and Verimark. The Winston Pub,
Boulevard Club Training and Resource in Early Education, Umthombo and Alliance France, Crawford College and Port Natal Hoer Skool,” added Mooklion.
He recently painted a mural outside the Winston Pub of fellow street artist.
A good friend of his, PastelheArt, unfortunately took his life earlier this year due to unforeseen circumstances.
Mooklion still feels very nostalgic when speaking of PastelheArt.