Life will always be a work in progress

I like stumbling upon street art that is in the process of being created. I think this one is an advertisement however I haven’t been back to see it now it is complete. It is just around the corner so I will probably take a look on the way home.

So many pieces of art seem to have always been there. Historical paintings in some of the worlds oldest and most stunning buildings. It is amazing to think these were once nothing but a concept in someones mind and someone decided to make it a reality. I think we all have a creative side to some degree however some people are just more talented, or at least have more motivated to put thoughts into action. From smaller street art creations to the wonders of the world, we can all choose to contribute if we want.

The problem is the majority of the world contributes to someone else’s artwork. Most of us are working for someone. The lucky few will be moderately happy in their daily roles, or simply content. However if I asked everyone I met walking down the busy streets of the CBD if their dream job was different to what they are currently doing, I would guess most would say yes. But a dream job is incredibly difficult to achieve. But it isn’t about getting there. It is about getting as close to it as possible.

The more ambitious our goals are means the chances of success are less likely. But it also means our personal development skyrockets. It is much better to aim for a dream job and get half way there than to set a very achievable goal and get 100% there. That’s what I believe anyway. The progress from failure is sometimes so much better than the illusion of success, and I have just decided this will be the inspiration for my next post.


 

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I found another one!

I was walking to grab a coffee from 7-Eleven today, I saw a lady taking a photo down this small side street. I noticed the blue, plastic nature of the art and realised it must be another piece of work by the artist Blu Art Xinja. I wrote a short post about the artist here after finding some work near the Botanic Gardens.

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If anyone is wondering the location, it is on George Street opposite the Treasury Casino.

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Notice in the picture above that the bee is yellow, however in the artists Instagram post below it is blue. Also notice how this street is seemingly a favourite for those wanting to be sick. I imagine the casino plays a role in that…

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Just a little update on my most recent wanders. Happy hunting!

 

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Update: The artist behind the blue dragon!

Just a quick thank you to Gretchen over at Thoughts Become Words for letting me know who the artist is that added this dragon to a tree, close to the Goodwill Bridge over the Brisbane River.

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She very kindly notified me in a comment and provided a link to some information over here at BrisbaneTimes.com on the artist and various pieces they have over the city of Brisbane. I have just added them on Instagram and linked to their account below.

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It has been there for a while, two and a half years! However due to weathering and time this is a more recent version and has been designed to last a lot longer.

Thank you Gretchen for the information, very cool! This is why I love to blog, to share the things I find and speak to people both locally and internationally that may know more. I thought it wouldbe hard to find some info about a piece so small and hidden however delighted that this was the case.

Happy hunting!

Insta: @blu.artxinja

 


 

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When the eyes follow you…

This piece of street art I found in Katoomba, New South Wales near the famous Blue Mountains a little while back. This wasn’t in Beverly Place, the street full of artwork that I blogged about here but it wasn’t too far away and taken on the same day.


I find the image a little eerie, the figures in black and white and all stopping to look directly at the passer by. No conversation, all the attemtion is pointed towards you.

This plaque goes into a little detail regarding the nature of the art.

Just another little post for my streetart section, and I didn’t want to leave this interesting wall out.


 

Artist: M. Lynn

Location: Katoomba (Blue Mountains), NSW


 

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Dreamtime artwork in the rainforest

Dreamtime refers to the religion/belief system of aboriginal people. I’m only now looking it up now so I won’t even attempt to describe what this consists of exactly. Maybe when I understand it a little better.

I tried to see who the artist was by googling ‘Wiradjuri’ however I’m not sure if this is the artist or referring to a specific tribe. It is dated 2003 after the word so thought it was the artist however looking it up seems to be an aboriginal tribe. 

And with that I clearly have a lot to learn regarding aboriginal culture…

 


 

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What lifts you?

Connect 4. Always Connect 4.


Location: The Rocks, Sydney

Insta: @kelseymontagueart


 

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Behind the art #2

From the comments I received after my Melbourne street art post, it seems like the following photos were your favorites. I agree the artwork is amazing and I always enjoy looking up the artists.

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This one was was easy to find. Dvate enjoys drawing artwork of his name, as well as birds and other animals. Over at justanother.com.au it says the following about the artist:

‘Dvate is a Melbourne based artist and graphic designer whose position in the street art scene is well established and can be seen on walls, canvas and in magazines both locally and internationally.

Growing up in Melbourne, a stone’s throw from a railway station, he was instantly drawn to the colourful work along the suburban railway lines and in 1996 began experimenting at leaving his own mark on society.’

Insta: @dvate

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This is Adnate, an artist I looked up recently in my Blue Mountains blog post. You can learn a little about him there, he is a great artist with some incredibly realistic paintings. It was great to see his work again!

Insta: @adnate

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I think this is a personal favourite for me. The realism in the face is again incredible, and I am pleased the artists name is clear. Over at widewalls.ch, a little insight into this artist:

‘Known for his photo realism graffiti work, Smug, or Smug One, aka Sam Bates, is an Australian contemporary street artist of great skill. Using nothing but spray cans, he was able to gain mastery over a difficult task of making highly technical pieces that are somehow edgy, cheeky, and incredibly playful. In order to recreate absolute realism, artists usually have a lot of time on their hands, tiny and precise brushes, and a quiet work space where no one will disturb them. Those are the three things that none of the graffiti writers have at their disposal, and yet, some of them, Smug being the perfect example, are able to create amazing large-scale wall pieces that look like they could be photographs. There is hardly a compliment of greater significance for any artist attempting to work in photorealism.’

Insta: @smugone

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Another photo-realistic piece is of these two beautiful women, work of Rone and another artist that seems to enjoy painting faces. The faces vary, but it seems like some faces appear quite regularly in his/her work. It isn’t just created on city walls, but also on abandoned buildings and silo’s.

Insta: @r_o_n_e

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So a brief little intro into these amazing artists, with links to their Instagram for more of their work. Were these your favourites too? Thank you to those that commented on my earlier post and letting me know these were your favourites!

Location: Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.


 

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Melbourne street art

Melbourne is full of street art. In fact, the last time I encountered so much was in Sao Paolo. There was more than I could ever begin to write about, so here are the pictures I took of the art I found along the way.

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This is ACDC Lane, maybe the coolest sounding lane I’ve ever heard of, and certainly one of the coolest looking. This is where the majority of these images come from, but not all. I will link at the bottom of the post some information about this particular street.

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Click on any of the images to enlarge, and as always let me know what you think!

Do you have a favourite? If so let me know and I will try to look into the most popular ones and find out some information about the art and artist.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Information about ACDC Lane can be viewed here via visitvictoria.com


 

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Behind the Artwork #3

This piece of art is pretty straight forward to me. You know what you’re getting with it and it doesn’t need a deep message to relate. This was also found in Beverly Place, Katoomba and by searching the tag the artist left I found him pretty easily.

I also found the artists website this way and Pat Hunter, going under then name Ink Hunter, states why he creates art.

From his website it states:

“giving life into dead spaces”

“The Walls in public spaces are often oppressive and do little to touch the consciousness of the pedestrians that walk next to them. Inkhunter creates branded Art Work. It is street art that works to enrich the spaces it uses as a canvass. Inkhunter creations breathe new life into these spaces to make the walls we used to ‘un-see’, to become engaging & noticeable. We make the public landscapes richer and more rewarding.”

I do agree some of our streets can be incredibly dull and uninspiring, so I greatly appreciate the artists desire to change this, one piece at a time.

 

Artist: Pat Hunter a.k.a Ink Hunter

Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

Insta/Website: @inkhunterartisthttps://inkhunter.com.au


 

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Behind the Artwork #2 (tilt your head for this one!)

The second piece of art that I wanted to look into was this one, also found in Beverly Place, Katoomba. It has a fairly dark and deep theme, both visually and in the writing accompanying it. It was too long to take a full shot of so I’ve done my best to piece it together.

Much of the writing is readable this way, so having to rotate the image 90 degrees isn’t so bad. There is a third section of the shot that I tried to join onto it but I was way too close at the time, however positioning it upright means you get a good view of the message.

“I’m sorry”

“This is it, this is it, you deserve a better man”

On first viewing it seems like the artist was full of remorse for one reason or another, it would be wise to assume it was to a partner. For this reason I really wanted to look into the artwork and creator. Thankfully the artist provides details on the bottom left hand section of the wall, it can be viewed in the first image just underneath the heart (as if viewing from a standing position) and seen more clearly here.

So it turns out Alex Grilanc is the artist, inspired by a poem written by Phil Wilcox who can be reached via Alex’s Instagram that I have linked below. Alex was based in Sydney however seems to have worked on art nationally and internationally. He has focused a lot of his work around consumerism and this can be seen via his insta channel. The mural above was in fact also created elsewhere, below it can be seen with the poet that inspired it.

Check out his channel for more art and links to associated artists.


 

Artist: Alex Grilanc with words by Phil Wilcox

Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

Insta: @alex_grilanc / @philwilcox

 


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