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Snapshots – The Light In Us – Isolde – Off The Kerb Gallery

Congratulations to Isolde on her first solo exhibition at the iconic Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood, run by the ever busy and beautiful Shini. I would have to say the work of Isolde would definitely be some of my favourite paste ups I have seen on the streets of Melbourne, in her many art covered lanes. Isolde’s work always stood out, her powerful images amongst the rust and ruin of some grungy laneway, this is where her work shines. For those that couldn’t make it down to Off The Kerb, I managed to garb some photos while having my

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – February 2017

Well, by now you know the drill! After several years, each time we do one of Dean Sunshines Top 10s of Melbourne street art and graffiti, we see work that is even better and better hitting our streets. This time around, he’s pulled some fantastic pieces together for this one, and looking through it .. well, all I can say is that I really love Melbourne summers!! Check them all out below!! 1. Vexta + ELLE – Collingwood 2. Kaffeine – North melbourne 3. Lucy Lucy + Ola Volo – Fitzroy 4. Ling – Collingwood 5. Phibs – Fitzroy  6.

Snapshots – Make Your Self At Home – GOODIE – Juddy Roller

Congratulation to my good friend and all round beautiful soul “GOODIE”, as she put up her first solo show at Juddy Roller a few weeks back. I feel these works gave you a little insight in to the mind of the artist, you always take a risk when you expose yourself like this, I think she executed it well. It’s always refreshing to see what the artists come up with in the Juddy Roller space, especially when there is and has been so much talent pass through those doors. So for those that couldn’t make it to the show here

Through The Lens February 2017 – David Russell Photography

Welcome again to another look back at some of the amazing art by some very talented Melbourne artists, who consistently keep churning out some impressive works of art. Im always impressed at the constantly evolving styles especially by the graffiti community, forever pushing their craft to new heights. Melbourne also has a great line up of exhibitions usually every week there is something on, sometimes up to 3-4 shows in one night, with galleries like Backwoods, BSIDE, Juddy Roller and Off The Kerb just to name a few. Oh well guys until next month stay cool and get out and

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – January 2017

Well, its the new year, and it’s already February! How did that time pass so quickly? As always, we have another collection this month from the man himself, Dean Sunshine, of all the rad work he’s seen up on Melbournes walls in the past month. For a while bunch of cool shit, just check it out below – already looking forward to next months set! 1. SHIDA – Melbourne 2. DSCREET – Collingwood 3. CAPTAIN KRIS – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 4. CARATOES & JARUS – Coburg 5. RONE – Coburg 6. MAYONAIZE – Fitzroy 7. VEXTA & ELLE – Melbourne

Through The Lens January 2017- David Russell Photography

Welcome to 2017 and my first Through The Lens post of the year, I thought what better than to start the year with a dope selection of  some of Melbourne’s finest graffiti. This year already looks to be an amazing year of street art and graffiti, I can’t wait to capture it with my lens and share it with the rest of the world. I already know of some pretty talented artists from around the globe who will be staining our streets with some pretty amazing aerosol art, you will just have to wait and see what is coming up

Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – December 2016

… and we’re back! First post of the year, and what better way to start everything off than with Dean Sunshines picks of all that was rad and cool for the final month of last year, December! This is the 69th edition of Deans Top 10, and this one is just as great as all the rest – lots of talent on display, as we have come to expect every month from the man .. take a look below and check it out! 1. Lush – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Senekt – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 3. Caper – Lanes End,

Through The Lens November 2016 – David Russell Photography

The year is almost over and here we are once again showing you just some of the dope art that went down in the month of November. My favourite piece would have to be Mayo’s addition to the floor at the old lyric theatre where Rone had his exhibition. I am a big fan of Mayo’s work seeing it on this scale was epic and had to be seen to really appreciate the way he executed it. There aren’t too many pics from November so I will make up for a bumper addition next month, so till then stay cool

Sunshines Melbourne Streetart & Graffiti Top 10 – November 2016

Well, here we are. After a tentative step into summer, its cold again here in Melbourne, but the laneways and walls are just as full of people painting as they ever are! Once again, Dean Sunshine was out and about, snapping his pics for all the best things he saw around our fair city over the month of November – and this time, I’ve actually seen some of these pieces since I got home a few weeks ago! Its December already now, and its hitting crazy time already, Im sure there is a lot more left to come for the remainder

Rone – Empty – Scann3D/VR

After seeing one of the most amazing shows of all time, Rone’s Empty, and knowing the space would soon disappear – I had to introduce Rone to some good friends of mine, the crew at Scann3D.  Using their super high end 360 scanning technology – we spent about 5 hours in the space after the show closed one night scanning the entire show – and after many hours of intense rendering the guys at Scann3D have created this 360 capture of the show.  This technology is like google maps on steroids and is a unique and powerful format to capture

Interview – Beastman

 

In light of his upcoming exhibition, Infinite Nature, at Gorker Gallery, there was no question in our minds that Beastman was someone we wanted to touch base with.  Having followed his work the last few years, the progression of his artistic expression into a fully fledged, stylistically manifested world of strange creatures and infinite evolved entities is an example of the beauty and talent that modern urban and street artists, or their derivatives, are presenting to new audiences.

Thankfully, he had a spare few minutes during the busy preparation for his show and we couldn’t have hoped for a better glimpse into the themes and processes behind his, evocative, and categorically cool, paintings.

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For a lot of people, you need no introduction – you’re an illustrator, photographer, curator,skateboarder, painter – but what is there about Beastman that we probably don’t need to know, but probably want to anyways?

I watch a lot of football/soccer, I love drinking sarsaparilla and root beer, I have three brothers, and my favourite bands are Hot Water Music, Pinback and The National.

Your upcoming show at Gorker, Infinite Nature, is just the latest in a bunch of group, and solo exhibitions that you’re done – what is it about this show that you believe separates it from your previous shows, and the work you have previously displayed?

This show features a whole new body of work, and this is the first time I have created a show as if all the paintings are actually one big painting, just in separate pieces. So together the exhibition is really like one giant artwork with similar themes, characters, styles, mediums and colours.

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Some of your character work is downright cute and bouyant, and other times they look struck by fear – but always, they are beautifully executed, and eye catchingly unique – what are your processes and trains of thought when translating the denizens of your mind to a surface?

I like to paint characters that everyone can relate to, they represent human nature and express human emotion. I am very patient when creating my artwork… These pieces take time to paint and I like to watch movies and TV while I paint them, I can tune into something else while I am painting. Its like I know what these paintings are going to look like before I paint them, so I just need to paint them and get them done so I can move onto the next thing.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the world you have constructed that your characters live within, is it a tightly defined world or a loose amalgamation of dreams, ideas and viewpoints?

I like to think of it as a parallel world to ours, inhabited by my characters. Its a place of hope and survival. My work is very neat, stylised, symmetrical and geometric… Its as if all things are represented by different shapes and patterns… And everything is perfect… But even in a perfect world there are always problems, so emotions run deep in my characters.

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You’ve curated a bunch of exhibitions, you’ve been published and interviewed all over, and you’re not only well known here in Australia, but also overseas – what is it that you’d like to think that people see in your work that evokes such interest in it?

I think its just different. I spent many years drawing characters in sketchbooks, and slowly I developed a unique style that I really enjoyed and thought others would enjoy too. That was when I began to paint in this style and started to show my work. These days there are a lot of artists producing work, and I think it is important to develop a unique voice and style. Its one thing to be influenced by other artists, but its another thing (a bad thing) to copy other artists’ styles and techniques. Also like I said before, my characters reflect human nature, so I think everyone can relate to my paintings in some way, I like to create artwork in which the viewer can find their own meaning.

Its been over 22 issues since you started up [weAREtheIMAGEmakers] – back in 2005 -  looking from the first issue to the latest, how do you believe the outside perspective on the forms of art that you do, as well as represent and promote through the site and the exhibitions your curate, has changed over the past five years?

I think that this emerging art scene in Australia has grown so much over the last 5 years. There are more galleries, more exhibitions, more artists showing their work – but the main thing is there are more people interested in what’s going on. This is a new movement in art, and the general public is slowly becoming more accepting, supportive and aware of it.

This year saw the closing of Worlds End Studio, of which you were a member – this was a fairly iconic studio in Sydney during its run, however there are still a lot of great initiatives, galleries and collectives working there – can you tell us a little more about that, and the Sydney scene these days?

There are a lot more emerging artists really having a go at it these days, which is exciting. Sydney is known for being expensive, especially when it comes to property, so its quite pricey to live and work here. Its great to see people really take a chance and start a studio or gallery or shop, especially with the high rent prices. And all these talented artists working in Sydney at the moment have really created a small community together over the last few years, what once was very separated is now quite tight knit… All of us are friends, and everyone is working together.

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What does the rest of the year hold for you, what other projects are you most looking forward to, and what are you most looking forward to with your visit down here to Melbourne for your upcoming exhibition?

After Melbourne I am heading to Brisbane to paint a commission for a radio station, its a three storey high building in the Valley, I am really looking forward to painting something so big … should be fun!! I also will be moving into a new studio soon in Sydney, along with Phibs, Ears, Numskull and Max Berry. Then I just have a few more group shows lined up around the place during the rest of the year.

I’ve been working so hard for so long, I am kind of looking forward to slowing down a little and getting a bit more relaxed about it all. In Melbourne, I’m most looking forward to just catching up with the good friends I have down there.

Beastmans solo show Infinite Nature opens this Thursday at Gorker Gallery. You can also check out more of Beastmans work on his website at www.beastman.com.au

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