Book Launch – Makatron – In Ten Cities – Melbourne

It’s been a monumental effort by the man to put it all together, but Makatron has completed his book, “In Ten Cities” and he’s ready to launch it this Friday! Having seen a bit of the book as it was being constructed, its promises to be jam packed with awesome artwork, and a bunch of grand stories from the man himself! “This ten year in the making book features murals and canvas works plus behind the scenes images and tongue in cheek quirky stories from the streets to the jungles in over 50 diverse locations from around the world. Free


Exhibition – Fintan Magee – Water World – Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

Always an artist we love seeing hit our fair city, Fintan Magee returns with a grand new show at Backwoods Gallery this weekend, and it’s gunna be pretty damn nice to boot. “Fintan Magee first became involved in Brisbane’s thriving graffiti scene in the late 1990s. An interest in painting gradually led Fintan to break away from traditional graffiti lettering and move towards figurative painting and street art. Even before obtaining his Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 2009, Fintan was well on his way towards becoming one of the world’s most renowned street artists. Fintan’s success has in part


Exhibition – Seasons of Change – Till Next Time – Melbourne

The Seasons of Change series has always been one of our favourite series of shows, way back since we started covering it in 2011 – and the curators of it all have diligently presented some of Melbourne’s finest artists over the years. Now they’re taking a step back and handing over the reigns, with SoC continuing under new curators next year – but before they take their leave, they’ll be throwing a huge show with all the artists from the past four years, and it sounds awesome. “Brought to you by Revolver Upstairs in conjunction with GraffixCreative for just shy


Video & Snapshots – Shida – Brisbane

Shida has been a busy man lately. After having lived over in Poland for some time this past year, he’s back in Australia and already doing a bunch of rad shit. In one of his biggest pieces yet, he goes massive in Brisbane with a beautiful aerial piece – gotta love this age of drones when pieces like this can be accomplished and photographed! Check out this video below of the whole thing .. We also saw a new project the man is working on, which looks pretty grand. “The 1st collaboration between Mik Shida & Zheani Sparkes. Magic properties in

Video – ELK Stencil Timelapse

Video – ELK Stencil Timelapse

Our mate ELK has been cutting up a whole heap of shit lately, ahead of some rad shows next year. Here is a really grand timelapse that shows you the process of how he does his incredible stencil work – time, effort, and a shitload of exacto blades a brilliant piece of art does make. Rad tune too with Dead centre by Omar Musa (prod. Joelistics) Check it out below!


Interview – Heesco – Incessant – 2015

Time is a constant. You can be assured, that no matter what happens within your life, no matter the trials and tribulations, loves and loses, that time will continue to march it’s way across your existence. I find myself contemplating time as I write this intro. It’s pretty hard to believe that it’s been five years since I last interviewed Heesco – it could have been yesterday. In some ways it feels like I’ve just met him at the Sweet Streets festival,  just posted an interview and just painted our first wall together down in Prahran. But, no, that was five fucking


Exhibition – Be Civilised – Kitt Bennett & Shawn Lu – Melbourne

The illustrative talents of two of Juddy Roller studios finest will be on display in later November, as Kitt Bennett and Shawn Lu ink out a storm of fantastic imagery. We’ve been following both these guys work for a while now, and we’ve loved every bit of it – great to see them teaming up together to bring out a show like this one! “Be Civilised is a collection of ink works on paper, by Juddy Roller’s own Kitt Bennett and Shawn Lu. The works are a documentation of the artists’ perceived representations of culture and the human experience that


Exhibition – Heesco – Incessant – Melbourne

Our good mate Heesco has always been one talented dude, from both illustration to his work out on the streets – however his upcoming solo show, Incessant, focuses purely on his painting, and on his move towards exploring the abstract side of things within his practice. Read on for the details of the opening this Friday down at Dark Horse Gallery in Melbourne! “This exhibition is about painting. ‘I don’t really know why I paint. I just want to paint everything, all the time. It’s become an obsession, my life, my profession, it defines me as a person to an


Exhibition & Preview – Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary Art Show – Melbourne

For the past thirty years, the Screaming Hand has been one of the most recognisable images in skateboarding history, and this week, following a successful launch at aMBUSH Gallery, the Screaming Hand 30th Anniversary exhibition, curated by Eddie Zammit from T-World, will be hitting the streets of Prahran with an utter fuckboatload of amazing adaptations of the iconic hand from both local and international artists! “In honour of Jim Phillips Sr. and the iconic Screaming Hand logo Sydney & Melbourne will be hosting an epic Art Show in tribute of an icon and 30 Years of the Screaming Hand – an unmistakable symbol of youth and skateboard


Exhibition – Arts Hole Presents REPEAT – Melbourne

Well, we’ve just spent the last week moving into our new digs, and are now all set up in our new studio. Funnily enough, it just so happens that the studio we’ve moved into, the awesome Arts Hole, is just about to do a group show! Arts Hole are no strangers to grand events (having put on the amazing Paterson Project last year), and for this group show they’ve assembled a whole slew of amazing artists from both within the studio, , as well as a bunch of friends and extended artsholian family. From painting, stencils, illustration and everything in

Interview – Dean Sunshine – Land Of Sunshine

Tonight will see the launch of a book that many have long looked forward to – the culmination of a passion project that we’ve followed from its inception. Having been “paintspotting” around Melbourne for years, Dean Sunshine started sharing his captures way back in 2010 – opening up his blog, Land Of Sunshine to the masses. Back in March, 2011, Dean became a regular contributor here on Invurt, sending through his monthly roundup of Top 10 pieces he’d seen around the streets of Melbourne – and Dean and I have been great friends ever since.

Now, he’s taken that collection of thousands of photos and somehow, extraordinarily, managed to cut them down into a book – named, of course  Land Of Sunshine. How he managed to do this, I have no idea – but the result is 300 pages of incredible art from across Melbourne in the past two or three years. This isn’t any old work, either – it is the cream of the crop in many ways, much of the artwork inside it will be familiar to you if you’ve followed Melbourne street art over the past few years. If you’re just getting into it, well, its an amazing introduction and primer to what goes on down here in the ‘Burn.

I’m not going to talk too much about Dean here, because I was honoured enough to do so for the introduction to the book itself – theres plenty of jibber jabber in there. So please, read on for a little bit behind about one of the best people I know amongst this crazy world of the Melbourne street art community …

How long have you been enamoured by the Melbourne street art scene, and where did your affinity for art on the walls spring from?

I’m lucky to have grown up in Melbourne during the hip hop/graffiti explosion in the 80’s. Being an impressionable teenager I was hooked straight away. Over the last twenty years I have been surrounded by ever changing art on the streets whilst driving across Melbourne as part of my daily work routine. For the last five years, I’ve been taking photos and documenting the street art scene – my blog, Land of Sunshine, was started in 2010.

How long have you been working on the book and where did the idea to do it first come from?

I started to think about producing a book earlier this year after realising there was a lack of printed matter showcasing the overall scene in Melbourne, specifically the last few years. As I had all the content (over 12,000 images) it only took three months from starting the process to pressing print.

What did you want to represent with this book, and how did you want to accomplish this aim?

I wanted to represent the post stencil Melbourne street art acene and specifically to showcase the artists and pieces that have impressed and inspired me over the last few years – there are so many … it was very difficult to cull them to just 300 pages …

(AWOL crew)

What were some of the more challenging aspects of putting together the book, and what were some of the unexpected difficulties you encountered along the way?

I think the most challenging aspect of doing a book is the content, but as I had hard drives full of images that was pretty easy. Sorting the artists’ images and organising the other chapters definitely took some time, but again, not too difficult. The hardest part of it all was acknowledging that my photos needed re-touching for print, and that I didn’t know how to use InDesign to get the files ready for the printer.

With the keen eye and help from both Elizabeth McLeish and Georgina O’Connor these two issues were skilfully taken care of. Once I started this project it could not be stopped – it literally took over my days and nights, and I’d often wake up with even more ideas.

You’ve gone and checked out a large amount of work up on the walls – what have been some of your favourite locations/painting sessions you have seen?

Anytime you see these artists at work it is inspiring – I am in awe of their incredible talent when all I do is push a button on a camera.

Some memorable moments include late night pasting with D*Face (right next door to Malvern Police station) … watching DMV paint the huge piece in Chinatown … spending an afternoon with Hush and ELK painting my warehouse … driving around Brunswick and Fitzroy bombing with Will Coles …  There’s More Festival in Brunswick where we had 40 artists painting the whole exterior of my warehouse … hanging with Slicer at an epic abandoned warehouse in Yarraville … watching Adnate paints those phenomenal faces … pasting with Phoenix and at other times Drab … hanging with the WSW crew while they paint both north and southside … helping CDH erect the Atlas piece opposite the NGV on St.Kilda Road … painting with Unwell Bunny and Mysterious Al at the Brunswick warehouse … bringing cold beer to Drew Funk as he painted the whole side of a building solo in St.Kilda …

(Urban Cake Lady)

Where do you see Melbourne and its art in regards to the international street art community? What do you believe it provides in terms of art up on the walls that other countries may not, and what do you believe that it doesn’t offer, that other countries do?

A few years ago a friend of mine said Melbourne street art didn’t rate internationally – he even sent me a list of global sites with no mention of Melbourne. I disagreed with him, so I set out to prove him wrong. I have travelled quite a bit and, without sounding too biased, our street art is world class!

I think Melbourne has such a large diverse range of different art on the streets – in many cities you just dont see such a range of styles. I think the only thing we lack are huge murals on whole buildings – like you see in Berlin. Those just stop you in your tracks.

Tell us a bit about the preparation that you have done for launching the book, and what some of the more interesting behind the scenes aspects of it have been?

Last weekend I was supremely fortunate to have some of the best Melbourne artists put their time, paint and energy into painting the space for the book launch. Andate, Kaff-eine, Slicer, Lucy Lucy, Heesco, Shida, Mysterious Al, Facter, Jack Douglas, RAD, Hancock, Junky, Eleven, Steve Cross, Choq, Ryan Boserio – I thank you all and it will never be forgotten, nor will the smell of paint fumes.

Tell us a bit more about where the book will be available and how people can get a copy of it?

Initially the book will be available through Generals Pants nationally, NGV bookstore and my blog, Land Of Sunshine.

Then through selected stores including Signed & Numbered, Third Drawer Down, The Boroughs, with more to follow….


For the past two years Dean Sunshine has embarked on a passionate mission to capture the vibrancy and beauty of street art across Melbourne.

With a long history of association with graffiti and street art, Sunshine has witnessed countless works in action, discovered hidden gems and documented artwork loved by street art communities and dedicated fans both locally and around the world.

Dean’s blog, Land Of Sunshine, has been a beckoning destination for all who enjoy their photographic fix of art on Melbourne’s streets and lanes. With this print version, Dean has created a 300 page book titled Land of Sunshine, the first in many years that represents the globally recognised Melbourne street art movement in its cross-genre entirety.

Over a hundred Melbourne artists are featured, with special exposés on a dozen specific artists who have made their impressions on Melbourne’s walls, including: Adnate, Be Free, CDH, Deb, Drab, Heesco, Kaff-eine, Makatron, Phoenix the street artist, Slicer, Suki and Urban Cake Lady.

All the photographs contained within the book have been captured by Dean on his many paintspotting adventures. The wide variety of mediums used and the Melbourne street art community as a whole are also well represented with chapters on walls, paste ups, exhibitions, international artists and installations.

Land of Sunshine is a moment of captured time in the kaleidoscope of art that has adorned Melbourne in this, the second decade of our ‘new millennium’. In my mind this book, in regards to Melbourne street art, is as critical a piece of cultural documentation as any other produced.

You can download the full media pack for the Land Of Sunshine book here – also check out Land Of Sunshine blog for more info on the book and where you can get it!

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