Creative Support Services
Central Coast / Sydney & Newcastle
All funds raised by these Creative Support Services help to fund clinical and college development
Allowing Axel to keep therapy costs low for his clients.
BYO Painting Parties
Dive into a World of Color and Rhythms with Axel
Hey art enthusiast! Ever thought of combining groovy beats with vibrant paints? Well, Axel's here to whisk you away on a unique journey that's not just about painting, but an entire sensory experience. Imagine swaying to the smooth sounds of bossa nova, getting into the groove with samba, and feeling the irie vibes of reggae as your brush meets the canvas. Your BYO paint party is not just another event; it's THE event, an unforgettable soirée with Axel's curated global beats setting the tone.
Not only will you immerse in the joy of painting, but every attendee gets a portrait photograph, a beautiful memento capturing both the artist – that's you! – and the masterpiece.
It's hassle-free fun: a vivacious painting party right in the comfort of your home or your chosen venue. Picture this – a circle of 6 to 10 excited participants, each with a canvas, a set of paints, brushes, and an easel, ready to dive into an ocean of creativity. All you need to bring is your choice of drink, and let yourself loose for 90 minutes of guided artistic merriment.
With Axel Starviking leading the charge, not only will you be treated to delightful world music, but you'll also discover the artist within you. By the end of the night, you'll be holding an original painting, your very own creation, as a testament to a night of laughter, art, and music.
Commissioned Art Works: Acrylic on Box Canvas
The Inspiration Behind the Canvas
Embracing a dynamic fusion of whimsical and wild acrylic and mixed media, I attempt to breathe life into canvases that encapsulate the very essence of vibrant colors and vivacious energy. Drawing inspiration from my earlier life in South Africa, being exposed to the dynamics of tribal life, the effervescent energy of African Music and vibrant culture, along with the unique personalities, environments, and energetic flows of my clients, each artwork becomes a distinct testament to the individuality they embody. Since my artistic journey began in 1994, my passion for painting has been unwavering, further honed by studying art in school as a chosen elective.
My creations have graced the walls of numerous homes spanning from the heart of South Africa to the picturesque coasts of Australia. My contributions to the art community have been recognized and celebrated annually at the Multicultural Exhibition held at the Art House in Wyong. Furthermore, my month-long showcase on Dangar Island, although interrupted by global circumstances, was a testament to my evolving artistry. A distinct highlight includes my recent collaboration with Celebrity Chef Dan, where my artworks added splashes of color to AT Baker ST in Gosford. The beauty of my art lies in its detailed textures, captivating colors, spirited movements, and unique styles. Owning a piece of my artwork isn’t just about possessing a painting, it’s about opening a window to an entirely new, mesmerizing world.
I only accept one or two commissions per year.
Djembe & Percussion Drumming Circles
Djembe Drumming & Percussion Experiences with Axel Star-Viking
From Kids' Parties to Community Festivals, School Events to House Parties, and End-of-Year Celebrations to Fetes & Fairs, make your event resonate with the rhythm of the Djembe drum. With over a decade of experience, Axel, independently and in collaboration with The Rhythm Hut, has masterfully facilitated Djembe Drum Circles, making events memorable from Sydney to Newcastle.
What Axel Offers:
90-Minute Educational Djembe & Percussion Circle tailored for 10 learners or attendees.
60-Minute Meditational Drum & Percussion Circle for deep relaxation and introspection.
Pre-School Drumming & Percussion Circle designed specifically for little hands and curious minds.
Christmas Drumming with Global Carols: Experience festive carols from different corners of the globe.
Drumming & Percussion Circles: Suitable for up to 30 participants.
Access to 15 Djembe Drums in various sizes.
A collection of over 30 Percussion Instruments sourced globally.
Musical accompaniment from Putumayo's eclectic tracks, including Samba, Bossa Nova, Reggae, and many more.
Why Choose Axel's Drumming Circle?
Fosters Teamwork & Connection: Connect on a deep level and foster a sense of unity.
Releases Feel-Good Endorphins: Drumming is not just fun; it's therapeutic!
Promotes Mental & Physical Health: Engage the mind and body in rhythmic harmony.
Face Painting and Arm Painting
The Art and Heart of Face Painting with a Touch of Education
Have you ever wished for a face painting experience that goes beyond just color? With Axel's two-decade-long journey as a Children's Theatre Director and Music & Drama Teacher, he brings a sprinkle of education and a whole lot of care to every brushstroke. Plus, with Axel's expertise as a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist, he ensures a soothing and enriching experience for every individual.
Why Choose Axel's Services?
Sensitive Skin-Friendly - Axel has worked with many neurodivergent children, and he's proud to share that there hasn't been a single instance of skin reactions. He uses Tag and Dowd paints known for their hypoallergenic nature. And when it's time to switch looks? They're water-activated, making them a breeze to remove with a simple wipe or during bath time.
Interactive Fun - Every child becomes a part of the creative journey with Axel. They discuss colors, count strokes, and delve into fun facts about the chosen design. Axel adores those moments when a child's eyes light up with pride, feeling clever, cherished, and even a tad humorous. Don't be surprised if they come back for a chat and gleefully ask for "another one, please!"
Tailored to You - Everyone is wonderfully unique, and that's why no two designs crafted by Axel are the same. Each artwork evolves, with colors and styles flexing to mirror the individual's personality.
Combo Deal - Looking to make your event extra memorable? Pair face painting with photography under Axel's skilled hands, and let the memories shine twice as bright.
Perfect for Children's Parties, Community Gatherings, Festive Events, Adult Body Art ventures, or that much-awaited Halloween bash. Every brushstroke Axel delivers is filled with respect, care, and a dash of educational fun.
Hair Styling & Make Up (MUA)
Axel's Signature Hair and Makeup Touch for Your Special Occasions
When it's about elevating your look for an event, formal, party, or that special date, Axel is the stylist you seek. With over 25 years of experience as a freelance hairstylist, Axel isn't just about following trends; he has a unique flair that ensures the style chosen complements and works harmoniously with your hair.
Having been immersed in the world of theatre since the 1990s, Axel doesn't stop at hair. His prowess extends to makeup as well. Whether you're after a subtle, almost natural finish or a bold avant-garde transformation, Axel's extensive experience and eclectic mix of colour palettes ensure you get a look that's just right for you. While TAG and DOWD paints add to his toolkit for those special requests, it's his innate artistic talent that truly brings each look to life.
For those who prefer their own foundation and base, Axel respects that choice, and asks that you bring that with you to your appointment. However, he has a secret weapon: an imported crystal powder that not only seems to magically smooth out imperfections, but also captures beautifully in photographs.
With Axel's artistic touch and experience as a Therapist, you won't just look gorgeous; you'll feel seen, understood, and truly radiant.
Axel's Lens: Capturing Moments and Crafting Memories
Beginning his professional photography journey in 2006 amidst the vibrant landscapes of South Africa and later bringing his artistry to the shores of Australia, Axel's camera has seen and captured a myriad of moments. From the dramatic flares of in-theatre shots, the pulsing energy of community events, whimsical fantasy shoots, intimate romantic couple frames, to the poised elegance of modelling sessions, Axel's portfolio is both diverse and evocative.
But what truly sets Axel apart isn't just his expertise behind the camera; it's his presence in front of it. With a gentle word, a discerning eye, and a heart full of positivity, Axel has an innate ability to make every client feel at ease. He doesn't just take photographs; he crafts an environment where clients truly shine, ensuring each shot is a genuine reflection of their essence.
In the gallery below, you will see:
Creative Portrait Photography
Modelling Photography & Couple Photography
Artistic Expression Photography
Wedding Reception Photography / Event Photography
Catering Photography / Menu Photography
Portfolio of Work
Food & Restaurant
Food cake wedding