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Sunshines Melbourne Street Art & Graffiti Top 10 – July 2016

It’s not easy finding the best ten pieces around the city from month to month, but thats what Dean Sunshine tries to do for us in an un-ceasing survey of the best of Melbourne street art and graffiti. In this, believe it or not the 64th edition of his Top 10, Dean has chosen some of the best pieces that we’re seen yet! Of course, top tens are always subjective, but we do think that he’s nailed it this month! With work from all across the city, featuring Adnate to Al Stark, Hancock and Ape Seven and so many others, its a wonder

Snapshots – State Of Mind – Cam Scale – At Juddy Roller

For those of you who were unable to make it down Juddy Roller to check out Cam Scale’s amazing show State Of Mind, here are  bunch of photos featuring his works from the show.  

Snapshots & Video – The Fresh Hood – Preston

Snapshots & Video – The Fresh Hood – Preston

There are a whole bunch of rad things going up around Preston these days, its turning into one of the cooler spots in Melbourne, to be honest. The Fresh Hood is no exception, taking an older building at the Preston markets and turning it into a cornucopia of cool shops and eateries, surrounded by some dope ass new artwork! Selected and curated out all by our man Dean Sunshine (with support from Loop, Crag of the Space Agency, Dulux Australia and Duke Style) this is an awesome new addition to the many gorgeous walls around Preston … check out the photos

Through The Lens – June 2016 – David Russell Photography

It may be cold in Melbourne right now but that hasn’t deterred artists like Smug who managed to smash out two amazing murals organised by Juddy Roller, one over three storeys depicting his grandparents. Roa was in town and didn’t disappoint with his show at Backwoods Gallery, featuring Australian wildlife painted on all manner of objects he collected while in Melbourne, all from hard rubbish found around Clifton Hill and surrounding suburbs. Adnate also had an exhibition at the Metro Gallery featuring his amazing works depicting members from the indigenous community, its great to see an artist use their skills

Video – Shida – Bombing HK & Seoul

Video – Shida – Bombing HK & Seoul

The man Shida went on a bit of a trip to Hong Kong and Seoul recently, and got a bunch of video of some of his exploits on the streets there – a nice little piece of a man doing what he loves, and doing it with his expressive style – Theres really something to be said about bombing with a brush(s)! Check out the video below ..

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

Adnate - Always Been Here - Metro Gallery - Armadale

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

Exhibition – Open Street Art – Darling Quarter – Sydney

It really just does seem to be Sydneys week this week, and it totally rocks. Four artists displaying large sized canvases in what is quickly becoming a hub of public art and installation – Darling Quarter – what more could you want??

“OPEN STREET ART explores the changing relationship between street artists, their work and their audiences, as the art form continues to grow as the most significant art movement of the last ten years.

While each of the artists’ work is a reaction to the space, their approaches are as diverse as their styles. One of the world’s Top 50 Most Collectable Artists, Anthony Lister says of his method, “I approached this painting like I was being attacked by an angry bull. It’s best to deal with an angry bull head-on and with conviction. It’s worst to run and be hit and have to deal with the horns then.”

Beastman, 2010 Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMACS) best artist winner, whose iconic creatures grace walls around the globe, explains that his OPEN STREET ART work “is a representation of the four material elements of nature: wind, water, fire and earth.”

The only Australian artist to show in Banksy’s Cans Festival 2 2008, Shannon Crees’ work is both bold and feminine, and she seeks to engage her OPEN STREET ART audience by designing her work “as a seamless, unending plane… every surface an extension of the last and a precursor to the next.”

Hailing from Japan and based now in Melbourne, Hiroyasu Tsuri, who also works under the name TWOONE, has created a series that is “an exploration of the concept of a psychological portrait.” His work depicts people not as they look, but as they feel and act, by employing animals as metaphors for the human condition.

The future of OPEN holds an exciting and diverse program of exhibitions by aMBUSH. The pop-up shows will explore a dynamic range of disciplines, from drawing and painting to photography, embellishing Sydney with beauty and reminding the city of the talent Australia boasts from its own shores.

The OPEN STREET ART exhibition is presented by the recently developed 5 Green Star rated Darling Quarter precinct, and is produced and curated by award winning Sydney gallery aMBUSH. It is an Associated Event of Art & About Sydney 2012.”

Can’t wait to check this out – hell yeah! Get down and see it for yourself, well worth the trip to Darling Quarter – if you’re in Sydney! Oh, and from personal experience, the bars there are grand, too!

Who: Anthony Lister (BRIS/NY), Beastman (SYD),Shannon Crees (SYD) and Twoone – Hiroyasu Tsuri (MELB)
What: Open Street Art
Where: Darling Quarter, Sydney
When: Friday 21st September until September 26th

Check out aMBUSH Gallery as well as Darling Quarter for more info!

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