"Shakey" Jake Butler to Paint Brookfield Street Pianos

In a celebration of art, music and Western Australia watch the metamorphosis of couple of old pianos into spectacular works of art as Jacob “Shakey” Butler paints the next generation of our famous Brookfield Street Pianos live at Brookfield Place Perth.

Born with an essential tremor that causes him to involuntarily shake, Jacob "Shakey" Butler  is a self-taught artist and Fremantle local whose trembling ultimately gave rise to not only his nickname but also his signature unique, free-flowing, intuitive painting style.

His art career began on the Fremantle wharf where he’d experiment using paint and colour while decorating his workmates hard hats. Nowadays you’re more likely to find him live painting in front of large audiences at concerts, gala balls, weddings and charity events; working on private commissions including corporate murals and portraits, or gallivanting, collaborating and painting around the globe with his photographer wife.

Jacob’s passion and energy for art is contagious, his mission is not only to be the best artist that he can be, but also to inspire others to get painting and while he’s known to work in many mediums including oil, acrylics, pastel and aerosol, Jacob admits he’s never painted a piano before, let alone three.

You can watch the magic unfold as Jacob live paints the pianos everyday from 18 - 21 September under the Arts Brookfield marquee that will be located in Heritage Square.