Interview - Aida Sabic - INVURT

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

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

Interview – Aida Sabic

Aida Sabics work is, quite simply, gorgeous. As a self taught artist, pursuing her dream of drawing and art since high school, Aida has, over the years, honed her skills in an ever progressive exploration of form and process.

We’ve been long time fans of Aida’s work here, back when we first saw her work we were completely enamoured, and now we can’t get enough. Her appreciation and attention to the expressions of the female form not-withstanding, it is her technique, and sense-driven renderings that truly makes her work stand out from the crowd.

Luckily for us, we had a chance to ask Aida about her work, and learn a bit more about her ever evolving creative journey, and, simply, what it is about these images that makes them so distinctive …
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You’ve been drawing since you could hold a pencil, totally self taught, and have made amazing progress over the years with your work – what else in the past has contributed to putting you on this creative path?

Over the last three years I started exhibiting my work in solo and group shows. These experiences have led to meeting many creative, talented and enthusiastic people – they’ve all played a huge role in my artistic development; through inspiration, motivation, support and encouragement.

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Most of your work revolves around portraits of women, and exploring the charismatic virtues that are obviously inherent in your interpretation of the subject matter – what is it about the female form that draws you in so inspires you so much in terms of your work?

My inspiration comes from many places – often from books, songs, and experiences, but also from interactions with people or just seeing someone in the street. I find myself relating to the feminine and the visual result of an idea just comes to me in the female form. Women are fascinating and complex, so it’s no wonder that they have featured as muses for many art forms for such a long time – I enjoy telling their stories.

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Can you tell us a little more about the series of pieces you’ve been working on involving girls and drips? Where did the impulse come from to explore this territory? What new techniques have you been exploring with your new works?

This new series seems to be a natural evolution for my work, blending the rougher layered style from my ‘Collection of portraits’ work with a looser approach with the paint application. Letting the texture, layering and colour create the mood has been the main idea behind this work.

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In terms of style, you’ve crossed into a whole variety of different methods within your work – do you believe you will ever settle on one form or are you happy expanding and exploring different styles within your work?

Most of my work changes from piece to piece and looking back over the different bodies of work I have done, it almost looks like someone different painted each one.

I have experimented with a few different techniques and mediums over the years, some of these include; splashes of textured colour applied with a palette knife, smooth and detailed acrylics on canvas, painting on wood panels, dripping paint and playing with layering, ink on paper, charcoal, and pencils.

Obviously, I love change, and exploring new techniques and mediums is the best way to keep evolving. I don’t know that I could ever settle into doing the same thing over and over.

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Outside of your work on female portraits, illustrations and other representations, what other subject matter most interests you? We saw a beautiful piece of the Eiffel Tower on your blog – do you often delve into these other subjects?

I love the urban landscape, although I have not painted it a lot, it’s something I plan to explore. Also, after spending some time in Europe, I have been thinking a lot about the different colours and textures of the old cities and how I’d like to incorporate this inspiration into future work.

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You’ve had and been involved in a number of exhibitions over the past few years, can you relate to us some of your experiences in exhibiting your work, and what have been some of the stand out moments thus far?

The experience of showing your work can be intimidating, you never know who is going to love or hate your work, but I have always enjoyed the opening nights, listening to people and watching them interact with the work. It’s remarkable how each person’s perception of an artwork is so different. Oh, and I heard that Chopper bought one of my pieces… that was pretty cool.

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On that subject, last years duo show with Beth Van Hulst, Her Story, looked remarkable – how did the idea to create a show around portraits of women in literature come about, and how was the show received?

We both love to read and thought it was a great theme for a show, we have both had great feedback and it might be something we will revisit in the future. Much of my inspiration flows from the words in songs or books and the body of work I’m currently working on is inspired by the work of writers from like Edgar Allan Poe, John Keats, Tennyson, Shakespeare and Greek tragedy.

You’ve also worked on a fair few walls over the last few years – the pieces you’ve done with Cam from Serif Visual, and the Call Me Madam work with Elise Waterhouse is all pretty stunning – how does this type of work differ from what you do in the studio, and what do you love about it?

I love painting outside! The freedom in the physical size of the work is very liberating compared to working on a canvas and the fact that it’s free to public view is the best part of making art. There will be more walls!

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Do you often translate, or do you get much of an opportunity to translate, much of your work into the commercial world? Does the marketing of it into that area appeal to you?

I think my work could translate well into the commercial world, I have not had a lot of experience in this, but I would love to move in that direction.

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What does the rest of the year hold for you, and what would you like to accomplish with your work – we heard rumour you may start looking to do a solo show soon?

Well, I am working on a body of work at the moment; it’s exciting to be preparing for a show again. No details yet but I will definitely be aiming to have a solo show very soon – I’ll keep you posted …

Check out more of Aidas amazing work on her website!

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