Street Art articles

Keep Calm and carry on stencilling!

Calm’s paste-ups are infrequent but much anticipated. And when they do appear they pack quite a punch – with a strong message attached to them. Whilst many pieces are humourous, others indicate that the artist has a political and environmental conscience, with a strong sense of injustice. He gives voice to sentiments that many of

Júlia Both: a jewel in the urban landscape 

Júlia Both, although she has contributed to many collaborations, doesn’t consider herself a street artist, but as an artist/illustrator who occasionally works in public.  This vivacious and talented young woman of Brazilian decent, has lived in Australia for seven years. She studied visual communication and design in Brisbane but love and the compatibility of their

They’re on a roll!

This month, we showcase Shaun Hossack and his street art management agency, Juddy Roller. Shaun is the creative director of this Fitzroy-based company that he established about six years ago. Walls commissioned through Juddy Roller can be seen around Melbourne and regional Victoria. In fact, the agency’s reach is nation-wide, with pieces recently completed in

Skills to pay the bills

On sitting down to chat with Jess (aka 23rd Key) I had to confess that, although I was aware of her work, I knew little about her. So I was embarrassed to find out that this passionate, energetic and multi-talented stencil artist, has twice and justifiably so, won The Australian Stencil Art Prize – in

She’s a one-off!

Isolde’s contribution to the Melbourne street art scene is in the form of one-off paste-ups! And although they are infrequent due to slowness of technique, her portraits are much anticipated. When they do appear they are a delight to discover! They are realistic renderings in either charcoal or pastel – sometimes which the addition of

The world according to Barek

It’s an engaging and mystical world. One that is naive and charming, whimsical yet poignant.  This much-loved Brisbane artist has a large fan base here in Melbourne and a visit from him is a much anticipated street treat. It seems we can’t get enough of him! About 10 years ago, Barek embarked on a lifestyle

Sirum is the antidote for Venom

Andrew Bourke (aka Sirumvsvenom or Sirum1) is not only an artist with exceptional talent, but a genuinely nice guy who’s personable and well respected – always with a ready smile and up for a chat. A semi-rural upbringing and a passionate interest in nature is evidenced in Andrew’s work. Many of his pieces depict reptiles

Size does matter

By Lorraine Ellis For the past 18 months I’ve been intrigued and enchanted by the emergence of miniature art pieces on our streets.  So I decided to speak to some of the local exponents of this phenomenon, Joshua Smith, Tinky and Goon Hugs. Joshua Smith, formally a gallery owner in Adelaide, makes frequent trips to

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