Artist Biography:

Phil Henderson is a freelance animator working out of Wagga Wagga, NSW. He has worked on nationally televised advertising campaigns, museum installations, games, apps and as a video and data wrangler for the National Rugby League.

Whilst animation is his first love in the arts, he enjoys cartooning, painting, sculpture and astral photography.

His animations have been screened at the Australian International Animation Festival, the Melbourne International Animation Festival and has won international prizes for his contributions to the DVD release of the Monty Python feature film “A Liar’s Autobiography”.

Outside the studio, Phil has had solo exhibitions of his paintings in various galleries, has been a published cartoonist and has tried and failed most things he puts his hands to. He enjoys riding his beloved Yamaha with a bunch of similarly bearded men around the countryside, collects Darth Vader figurines and cheers wildly and obsessively for the mighty Penrith Panthers in the NRL.

Artist Statement:

“Busby Street Blues” is an animated project that was developed for the purposes of an exhibition at Chifley House Museum in Bathurst, NSW.

It was made entirely digitally and focuses on an object within the house; an old Airzone Bakelite radio – which is entirely un-digital. Instead of transistors and microchips, it has vacuum tubes and capacitors, and reflects a time when substance held a greater social value than fleeting popularity.

The argument for substance over momentary gain can be heard in the music that Mrs Chifley finds on the radio, and also in the life and work of the public servant sitting opposite her. Their surrounds belied their political capital, and rather than The Lodge or Kirribilli House, they chose to remain in their modest house in a modest rural community.

The radio was an obvious choice for me when selecting an object to focus on for the artwork – as it represents the link between their home and affairs abroad. This would have been a vital part of the Chifley Home, keeping Ben appraised of the news and the issues he would have to deal with on his return to Canberra.

The piece has a runtime of 2:00.

"Busby Street Blues"