Street artist Rone (real name Tyrone Wright) (born 1980), is an internationally renowned artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Rone grew up in the Geelong suburb of Curlewis on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. A keen skateboarder, he did a two year TAFE course before moving to Melbourne in 2001 to study at RMIT University. Rone lasted 12 months before the now defunct skate wear company November offered him his dream job after spotting his stencils pasted around skateboard parks.
Rone became a member of the Everfresh Studios in Collingwood as a graphic designer working alongside fellow fledgling street artists such as Ha Ha, Phibs and Psalm. His compositions are mostly women, now collectively known as his “Jane Doe’s” who he has been painting since 2004. After initially using posters, stencils and spray paint around the neighbourhoods of Collingwood and Fitzroy; Rone now uses brushes and rollers to complete his often vast in size murals spread to the streets and inner-city lane-ways of Melbourne and beyond.
- These days he is a well-known internationally recognized street artist and inveterate traveller and his distinctive female muses have followed him around the world, and can be found peering out from beneath overpasses and emblazoned on walls everywhere from New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Paris, Berlin, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, to Santo Domingo, Mexico, Christchurch and Port Vila.
As a gallery artist, Rone has exhibited at Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood. His work has been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with Jean Paul Gaultier and shown by galleries including Stolen Space and in London, White Walls in San Francisco, Urban Nation in Berlin, and the Opera Gallery in New York. He is also an ambassador for Japanese brand Uniqlo.
- Discover more at his website or follow him on Instagram @r-o-n-e
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