Shane Warne’s kids go into bat for artist who ended up in court by painting a mural of the spin king
Shane Warne’s kids fight for artist who got on the wrong side of the law by painting a mural of cricket legend after his tragic death
- Jarrod Grech painted mural by the late Shane Warne on an abandoned house in Carlton
- But his tribute brought him to court when he received a subpoena from the police
- Grech has set up a GoFundMe page to help him cover legal costs
- He has raised $2,000 and received a donation from Warne’s daughter Summer
The late Shane Warne’s family and friends have donated to a fundraiser to support a graffiti artist who went to court after painting a mural of the late spider king.
After Warne’s sudden death while on holiday in Thailand in March, Jarrod Grech painted a portrait of the Australian legend on the exterior wall of an abandoned house in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton.
The portrait at 40 Canning St shows Warne cracking his signature smile while wearing sunglasses and a suit, a sight that became known to cricket fans around the world during his career as a pundit for Channel Nine and Sky Sports.
Jarrod Grech is pictured next to his Shane Warne mural in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton
Grech was subpoenaed over his mural and set up a GoFundMe page to help him pay the legal costs. So far, the page has raised nearly $2,000, including donations from Warne’s daughter Summer and Warne’s personal assistant Helen Nolan.
‘The [Warne] family was great, Summer shared it too,” Grech told the Herald Sun†
“I’m only raising money for the attorney’s fee and assume there will be a fine. Whatever’s left, I’ll donate to Alzheimer’s Charity [The Florey Institute] that’s what Shane would have wanted to support.”
Grech, whose court date is set for October, has been a street artist for the past four years, painting on the Canning St wall for over two years.
Grech said the children of the late Spin King Summer (left), Brooke and Jackson had supported him
Australian cricket legend passed away unexpectedly while on holiday in Thailand on March 4
Grech’s other work includes a mural depicting tennis ace Ash Barty and AFL great Eddie Betts
“I usually ask for permission first, but in this case it was an abandoned house, it’s constantly covered in vandalism and I couldn’t find the owner,” he said.
To make matters worse, the mural was tagged this week, which Grech admitted left it “crushed.”
Grech said he was “delayed after all the drama” caused by his tribute to Warne and that he had only completed one mural since then, a portrait of former tennis champion Ashleigh Barty and ex-AFL star Eddie Betts in Princess Hill in the north. suburbs of Melbourne.
Grech could soon turn to another footy great after revealing that he plans to do a portrait of Sydney Swan’s amazing Buddy Franklin next.