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Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – July 2017

Another month rolls by, and I dont know about you but the cold weather lately has been really making me wish for summer to come as soon as it can! The cold doesnt stop the painting though, and this time around Dean Sunshine has ten great shots of some of the cool shit that has been sprayed and smashed up on the walls of Melbourne this month! Check them all out below, and enjoy!! 1. ELK – stkilda 2. SAGE – Brunswick 3. FACTER – Windsor 4. KID SILK + PUTOS Hosier Lane 5. CELOUT – CBD, Melbourne 6. RONE

Sunshines Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art Top 10 – June 2017

Again and again, every month Mr Dean Sunshine brings us all the cool shit that has happened on the walls of our fair city. This month brings a whole slew of cool stuff, from Makatron to Dosey, Scale and Porn and everything else thats grand in this lineup of works! Check them all out below, we’ll have more for you next month, of course! 1. Julian Clavijo – Brunswick 2. Makatron – South Yarra 3. Deams – Clifton Hill 4. Senekt – Clifton Hill 5. Porn – Fitzroy  6. Al Stark – Melbourne 7. Dosey + Sugar – Sunshine lane,

Snapshots – OBEY – Shepard Fairey – Vivid – Sydney

Our man Dean Sunshine was up in Sydney last week to cehck out Vivid Sydney – specifically, he was taking a bit of time checking out the Shepherd Fairey exhibition, Printed Matters, and mural that he was painting as a part of the event. This was a bit of the blurb from the show: “Iconic American artist Shepard Fairey blurs the boundaries of art and design. His unique style is instantly recognised in exhibitions and walls around the world. His body of work includes the OBEY GIANT art project, the Barak Obama HOPE campaign, and this year’s ubiquitous ‘We The

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti – May 2017

Winter is here, but that has not stopped the paint from going up on the walls. Braving the chilling conditions, our intrepid Dean Sunshine has, once again, sought out all his favourite pieces that have been painted on the streets of Melbourne! Theres a mighty fine selection this month, so check them all out below! 1. ELLE – St.Kilda 2. HA HA – Brunswick 3. LOV3 – Collingwood  4. Resio – Clifton Hill 5. Be Free – Northcote  6. Crisp – Hosier Lane, Melbourne  7. Heesco – Windsor 8. Steve Cross – Melbourne  9. JME NACK SICK BAFLE – Clifton Hill 10.

VR Snapshots – Immersive Media Lounge – State Library of Victoria

A few weeks ago Invurt was involved in creating the Immersive Media Lounge at Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017, hosted at the State Library of Victoria. The event was an awesome success with hundreds of people coming through the doors across the week, and some very cool artwork being created. I was pretty impressed with what the artists came up with (Senekt, Facter, Conrad Bizjak and RASHEE).  Invurt and Phoria had the HTC Vive rocking Google Tilt Brush against a Green screen – Hollywood Styles, resulting in  a mixed reality display combining what the artist was doing against the world they

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2017 – Benalla

Another Wall To Wall has been and gone, but they’re got the video out, and it looks totally rad! “The Wall to Wall Festival is the largest regional street art festival in Australia. And also one of the most innovative community development initiatives on a national level. This year it hosted 35 internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far. It’s changing the face of Benalla, one wall at a time. And changing a whole community’s identity, while it’s at it. ” Man, it’d be great to

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti – April 2017

Okay, here we go yet again (and again, can you believe this is No. 73? Jeezus) with Dean Sunshines picks for all the cool shit he saw around our city this month, and its a pretty nice colleciton indeed with everything from Lush and Dvate, to Love and relative newcomer Welin (who keeps getting up all over the place).   Check out all the rad images below if you know whats grand!     1. Lucy Lucy – Preston 2. Frosk, Facter, Keomatch, – Richmond  3. Ling – Preston 4. Lush – Brunswick 5. Awes – Melbourne  6. Arcy –

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiiti – March 2017

Well, we’re really late on this one, and my apologies for that, its been a busy month! Once again, we have Dean Sunshine providing us with monthly pick of all the great and grand work that has gone up around the walls of Melbourne, and this month is no exception. Always nice to see familiar names, but even better ot see some newer ones that have started to pop up – we’re especially loving the work of Julian Clavijio and Welin in recent months. Check it all out below! 1. Shida – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Stormie Mills – Prahran

Through The Lens March 2017 – David Russell Photography

March has passed by leaving some pretty fresh art on the streets of Melbourne once again, the standout for me would definitely be the work of Rone in the now demolished Fairfield paper mills. The big Sinch tag rates as one of my favourites as well go big or go home as they say, also see some new works by Heesco, Choq,  Jason Parkers lovely portrait of Juddy Roller artist Goodie at Off The Kerb Gallery. Stay tuned for next month as Im going to the Benalla Street art festival over three days, this looks to be the biggest one

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

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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