Snapshots – Wizards Lizards And Broads – Mark Bode’ – Backwoods Gallery

There are not many shows that captivate me the way Mark Bode did with “Wizards, Lizards & Broads, I suppose for me like so many we were heavily influenced by both Vaughn and Marks undeniably distinguishable characters. There was a time in the 80’s where in class it was all about Cheech Wizard, Puck and Junkwaffle, especially if you were into graffiti you will remember theses characters in some shape or form, I was also lucky enough to meet Mark Bode and his lovely wife personally at a going away dinner for Roa a few weeks back. Don’t miss the

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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – June 2016

Okay, is it really half way through the year already? I cant believe that 2016 is flying past so damned fast – it seems like it was just the new year! Half way into the year, we already have some cracking choices of top 10s from our man Dean Sunshine, and this month is absolutely no exception! His picks for June 2016 contains some of the coolest shit we’ve seen, and man, it just keeps on coming, month after month, year after year … Check out all the latest below, enjoy! 1. George Rose – South Melbourne 2. Mike Eleven –

Snapshots & Studio Visit – Julian Clavijo

David Russell and I caught up with Julian Clavijo on Sunday in his studio in Brunswick and we’re lucky enough to get an early insight and sneak peek into his body of work for his upcoming show – Patient Transition – Check out all the details for the show here. Over a few beers Julian told us about his origins in Columbia, his time spent at an artist residency in Dubai, as well as his journey into art in general, gallery art and Friday’s show. That’s a very short summary of what we discussed – Julian tells his stories with so

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Snapshots – Adnate – Always Been Here – Metro Gallery 

Last night David Russell and I journeyed over the river to Metro Gallery in Armadale to check out the opening of Matt Adnate‘s – Always Been Here. Like all of Matt’s openings at Metro last night was no exception. The Welcome to Country ceremony kicked off the show as the gallery packed full of people and Eucalyptus smoke wafted through the air. An excellent show with amazingly detailed works. A must see – make sure you get down to Metro ASAP and have a look! Thanks David Russell for the great photos.

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Snapshots – Tiny Writers – Goon Hugs – At The Dark Horse Experiment

Friday the 10th of June saw an amazing show by local artist Goonhugs at the Dark Horse Experiment, a prolific sticker and paste up artist, whose works literally cover everything, I love seeing a shopfront or bus shelter completely covered knowing that there are few thousand stickers on there. This was his first solo show and for this he allowed us a view into his miniature world of these amazingly detailed reproductions of abandoned building from around Melbourne, these were covered in tags mostly from Melbourne’s prolific graffiti scene. He managed to reproduce in such amazing detail, some of my

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ROA at Healesville Sanctuary

Whilst ROA was here in Melbourne, like last time, he spent much of his time and gained much of his inspiration at Healesville Sanctuary. For anyone not familiar with the sanctuary, Healesville Sanctuary is a not-for-profit conservation organisation dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction through breeding and recovery programs for threatened species and by working with visitors and supporters to reduce threats facing endangered wildlife. ROA spent several days at the Sanctuary, meeting and playing with all of the animals, this intimate experience gave him the inspiration for the show, which was complimented by bones and other weird artifacts on loan from

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Interview – Goodie

For many years, creatives from all across Australia have pulled up stumps, waved tearful goodbye to their home towns and headed south (or east) to seek their fortune amongst the streets and lanes of Melbourne. Since way back when, Australians with a creative bent have often looked towards the city as an artistic mecca, one to which they must make at least one pilgrimage to in their life. For many, it’s just a holiday, but for others it’s the Big Move. Some make it, some fake it, some find other paths or settle down into mundanity, and some, after having tried all

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Snapshots – ROA – HIC SVNT DRACONES – Backwoods Gallery / Guy Mathew’s Industrial

David Russell and I were lucky enough to spend the last 2 weeks or so watching this incredible show evolve. ROA arrived a few weeks ago now, and as soon as he did, like a Bower Bird, started collecting bits and pieces for his nest, or his canvases ;) Just like Bower Birds to a blue object, David and myself were also magnetically drawn into the studio, spending every spare second there. Watching ROA work is not something you get to see every day – so we cherished every second. Whilst amassing a smorgasbord of junk, old furniture, globes, glass,

Through The Lens – May 2016 – David Russell Photography

Hi guys it’s good to be back with my monthly edition of Through The Lens, this month I have selected a group of photos I think you will all enjoy as much as I did taking them. Till next month and remember it’s never too late to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy.  

Video – The Couple – Shawn Lu

We came across this recent video, another great bit of art from Melbourne based Shawn Lu from out of Juddy Roller! “Presented by Shawn Lu Melbourne based contemporary artist and illustrator Shawn Lu has painted his latest mural, The Couple, at one of Melbourne’s most beloved watering holes, Dr. Morse. Located in Collingwood, Melbourne, The Couple was completed over 7 days, in February this year. Using outdoor acrylic house paint, his trusty brush and steady hand, this piece features an unprecedented level of detail for a wall mural of this size. The video, created by Round 3 Creative captures Shawn’s

Event & Live Art – Art Series Hotels Conversation Corner – Art & About – Sydney

To start off the week, we have a bit of cool news on an event that will be happening as a part of Art & About in Sydney next weekend.

On Saturday 22nd September, at 1pm, Art Series Hotels will be playing host to the “Art Series Conversation Corner” in which they will be presenting a whole bunch of panels with creative industry types, as well as several well known artists including Stormie Mills, Anthony Lister,  Vincent Fantauzzo, Paul Davies and Sarah Goffman.

Our part of the news? Well, I’m pretty damn excited because I”ve been invited up to Sydney speak on the “Art Outside The Gallery Panel” alongside the aMBUSH guys (Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire,), Stormie Mills, Anthony Lister and Rachel Healy from City Of Sydney. After our talk, the artist will be giving a talk on working in the industry, and then I’ll be doing some live painting with Takie and Justin Feuerring!

Read on for all the info, as well as the timetable …

“On Saturday 22 September, Melbourne’s Art Series Hotel Group is bringing together some of the country’s most exciting contemporary artists, street artists and designers at The Art Series Hotels Conversation Corner as part of this year’s Art & About Sydney.

Winner of the Archibald Prize People’s Choice Award Vincent Fantauzzo, Stormie Mills, Anthony Lister and local artist Paul Davies, will be just a few of the artists who will be sharing their experiences about making art their career across two talks at 1pm and 2pm at warehouse gallery space 74-76 Oxford Street.

The talks will be hosted by Jane O’Neill, in-house art curator for Art Series Hotels and operator of Art Aficionado Tours.

O’Neill explains; “The Art Series Hotel Group has proven to be a major supporter of the arts following the opening of three hotels which pay tribute to some of Australia’s most well-known artists – The Cullen, The Olsen and The Blackman. The initiation of this free event affirms the Art Series commitment to the broader art community and we’re looking forward to some feisty, funny conversations about contemporary art with the Sydney public.”

From 3pm, the venue will be transformed into the Red Bull Beat Suite with live street art
demonstrations and installations from Takie, Justin Feuerring and Facter among other street artists to be announced.

Red Bull will be serving up some not to be missed cocktail creations and guests can continue the conversation to the sounds of the Red Bull Beat Suite.

The Art Series Hotels Conversation Corner
Saturday 22 September
1pm – 6pm
74-76 Oxford Street Darlinghurst, Sydney
Entry – FREE

1pm – Art Outside the Gallery

  • Stormie Mills
  • Anthony Lister
  • Facter, Invurt
  • Rachel Healy, City of Sydney
  • Bill Dimas and John Wiltshire, aMBUSH Gallery

2pm – Meet the Artists – life working as a contemporary Australian artist

  • Vincent Fantauzzo
  • Paul Davies
  • Sarah Goffman
  • Stormie Mills
  • Anthony Lister

3pm – 6pm – Art Series Hotels Beat Suite
Live street art demonstrations, Red Bull cocktails and installations by well-known street artists Takie, Facter and Justin Feuerring set to the tunes of the Red Bull DJ.”

We’re big fans of Art Series hotels and what they do, they have worked pretty hard at facilitating some really cool things surrounding the art scene (contemporary, street, and emerging) in Australia. The day will have some great words from a bunch of great people, and artists, involved in the street art and creative community with tunes and live art to boot!

We’re really excited about this trip up there, and looking forward to a great weekend with all you Sydney crew – along with all the other amazing events going on in Sydney, its gunna be a mad weekend.

So, come join us – we’d love to see you all there!


Who: Stormie Mills, Anthony Lister, John Wiltshire, Bill Dimas, Rachel Healy,  Paul Davies, Sarah Goffman, Takie, Justin Feuerring
What: Art Series Conversation Corner – Art & About Sydney
Where: 74-76 Oxford Street Darlinghurst, Sydney
When: Saturday 22 September, 1pm – 6pm

For further information, visit the facebook event page, www.artserieshotels.com.au or www.artandabout.com.au

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