About The Pigeon

Purple Pigeon took flight when its creator, James Pidgeon, discovered that he could combine a background as an animation artist and actor (both with years of experience on award winning children productions) into a thrilling new artistic and theatrical passion…face painting!
Upon discovering this fun filled field (now there’s a tongue twister)…10 years ago, James immediately fell in love with the industry and Purple Pigeon was hatched!
Best part about face painting?
The random imaginative ideas the kiddies come up with.
Happen to need more than one artist?
We have a team of exceptionally trained face painters (“Pidgettes” we like to call them) and even hire out balloon artists if need be.
We paint Victoria Wide and even step our pigeon toes into the ponds of Sydney. Thanks for visiting the COO-est face painting company in Australia and enjoy your flight around the site!


James Pidgeon is the most talented artist! I highly recommend him. A lovely person and fabulous entertainer too. All the face painting was divine! You’re great!
Andi Lew, Author and TV Presenter
Beautiful face painting by James Pidgeon. Kids loved it! That is an art! One would know how impossible it is to even brush toddlers hair, so painting a face so beautifully deserves many credits! Thank you James!
Dorota Trupp, Trupp Cooking School
Hi James,

Great to meet you on Saturday, and thanks again for the great face painting and drawing the crowds to the van!
Just wanted to let you know there has been nothing but fantastic feedback on our twitter feed – lots of Instagram photos of the kids from happy mums.
Sally Wells, Marketing Coordinator Tourism Holdings Australia

I just wanted to thank you for doing such an amazing job at my daughter Arabella’s 5th birthday party.
Your face-painting is exceptional, and all the girls and boys were thrilled with the results!
You were really good with the children too, especially challenging considering there were 24 locked inside on a rainy day.
Thank you once again for making her birthday such an amazing experience
Julie (Hawthorn)
“I have hired Purple Pigeon services on a number of occasions and will continue to do so because of their professionalism, creative flair and natural ability to entertain and engage with kids. James is proactive, multi-skilled and even suggests customized ways to enhance the Purple Pigeon experience for attendees at the events we host. Ideal representative for corporate events as well as private parties”.
Christie Nicholas, Director, www.kidsbusiness.com.au
I just wanted to say thanks again James to you and your team. Not only did you provide a very professional service but the kids loved the face painting and creativity of the designs so much that at next years event I think we will need to hire you for a longer time. I would definitely recommend your service for any event that requires face painting!
Stef Dorn (“So Frenchy So Chic” event Werribee Park)



Purple Pigeon Face Painting Galleries


How do I book the pigeon?

Simply fill out our online booking form, make a bird call, or email us. We will contact you by phone or email as promptly as possible.

Do travel rates apply?

If we have to flap our wings more than 25 km from our nesting zone of St Kilda, a small travel rate applies.

How safe are the paints you use and how do I wash them off?

We use non-toxic, hyper allergenic, water-based Kryolan paints. Easy to wash off with water and mild soap or face wipes

Are there minimum booking hours?

Yes, usually 2 hours for distances up to 25 kms from St Kilda. Please ask us for our minimum booking times in excess of this

How do I pay the pigeon?

Cash or direct deposit. A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. After 3 days of your inquiry for a specific date, without the deposit, the booking will lapse. We do this as we may receive other event inquiries and a commitment deposit for the same date.

Oops! …What if I need to cancel or change the date of my event?

If our schedule permits, a date change may be possible if we receive the request 5 days or more prior to your event at no extra charge. The 50% deposit is not refundable for cancellations less than 5 days prior to your event as we may have turned down another job to hold your booking.
There is no cancellation fee if we receive the request in writing five days or more prior to your event. We will email you within 24 hours of receiving your cancellation request & your money will be returned (if you haven’t received a reply within 24hrs please call us as it means we haven’t received your email).

Do you have Working With Children & Police checks?

Yes, available upon request

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes, we are insured for up to $20 000 000. Copy available upon request

Are you a registered business?

Yes. We are listed on the Australian Business names register (ABN: 91610115059)

How many faces can you paint in an hour?

Keeping in mind that the amount of detail affects the time it takes to paint a face…detail can be either increased or decreased to suit your event’s needs and budget.

Typically, we can paint per hour:

  • 10 – 12 full face designs
  • 18 + cheek art (smaller designs)
  • 20 + temporary/glitter tattoos designs

What equipment is supplied?

We arrive fully prepared with tables, chairs, & face painting supplies. If you are holding an outdoor event, we may require a shaded, less windy area

Can you stay longer at my event if needed? (For example, more guests than expected arrive)

Yes, provided we have sufficient time to get to our next booking. With your confirmation (request) for us to stay later, we’ll simply charge any additional time on a half hour basis after your originally scheduled finish time.


Since every party is unique we calculate our rates based on the hours required and size of your event (for example, more than one face painter may be needed). Please note that a travel fee applies for bookings in excess of 25 km outside of our nesting zone of St Kilda.

Form-aphobic? Email us or call us anytime at 0424 930 300. We respond to ALL inquiries.

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