Author Archives: maryannadair

Here’s a Plug for Smug

Smug or Smug One (aka Sam Bates) is an Australian born photo-realistic contemporary street artist now residing in Glasgow, Scotland.  Born in 1982, he grew up in a small town in New South Wales about three hours from its capital, … Continue reading

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John Baldessari | What is Painting?

What is Painting [Synthetic polymer paint on canvas (1966-1968) MoMA] Do you sense how all the parts of a good picture are involved with each other, not just placed side by side? Art is a creation for the eye and … Continue reading

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Straker | The Image Breaker

Straker / Drew Straker aka ‘The Muralist’ is an  internationally recognized aerosol street artist from Perth, Western Australia (WA). Born in the suburb of Subiaco, Drew is the youngest of three boys. A keen skateboarder, he began his graffiti skills … Continue reading

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You Can Check Out Any Time You Like | But You Can Never Leave

Huseyin Bahri Alptekin |  H-fact: Hospitality/Hostility series (2003-2007). [A series of light box art simulating hotel signs from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) collection]. According to Wikipedia, Turkish artist Huseyin Bahri Alptekin (1957-2007) studied aesthetics, philosophy of art, and … Continue reading

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There’s Lots To Waffle About With Sofles Art

  Sofles is an Australian graffiti/street artist who comes from Brisbane, Queensland. His career began in the late 2000’s, with his graffiti and street art. Since then Sofles has had an extended artistic career which also includes tattoo art, illustration … Continue reading

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Pellucidar and The Dirty Dozen

This piece by Pie Bolton entitled Pellucidar (2018) was part of The Dirty Dozen exhibition which ran from 18 July – 23 August 2018 at the subterranean Campbell Arcade in Melbourne based on one of Edgar Rice Burrough’s science fiction … Continue reading

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Loadz of Potential Here

Nathan Loader aka LOADZ is an Australian street artist. Originally from Townsville in Queensland, he now lives in Melbourne, Victoria. LOADZ’s artwork and painting show bold, colourful kooky spliffy, ‘bent edge’ characters and nebulous reptilian graffiti fonts. His work is … Continue reading

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Just Rewards for Great Work

Sculptor Louis Laumen (b 1958, The Netherlands- ) came to Australia with his family in 1960. Laumen studied at the Victorian College of the Arts (Fine Art – Sculpture); Bachelor of Fine Art and Graduate Diploma of Fine Art (with … Continue reading

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Dont’ Be So Harsh | Let’s Get with Scott Marsh

Scott Marsh (b. 1984) is a Sydney-based artist and large scale street artist. Marsh picked up his first spray can at the age of 12 and began tagging the neighbourhood streets and train carriages. Later, tagging trains around the world, … Continue reading

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The Mistresses of Fontainebleau

School of Fontainebleau | Diana the Huntress (oil on canvas, ca 1550, Louvre) and The Duchess of Villars and Gabrielle D’Estree (oil on canvas ca 1594, Louvre). The School of Fontainbleau (or École de Fontainebleau) occurred from ca. 1530 to … Continue reading

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Here’s a Chunk of Drewfunk

Born in Malaysia, well-known street artist Drewfunk currently resides in Melbourne and has also lived in Sydney, Australia. After moving to Australia in 2006, Drew studied art at RMIT University in Melbourne. His interest in street art began in 2002, … Continue reading

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I Allus Has Wan At Eleven

  Many may recognise this famous vintage Carlton United Brewery beer poster advertisement, entitled – “I Allus Has Wan at Eleven”. There is plenty to be said about the history of the man who posed for this poster. For starters, … Continue reading

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UNeeda Shida Fix?

Mik Shida aka Shida (b. 1990) is an Australian artist, specialising in large-scale murals, painting, sculpture, video work and installation. In 2004, as a teenager, he began experimenting with street art in northern New South Wales.These days Shida lives in … Continue reading

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These Are No Fakes | These Are Real Thake’s

  Eric Thake, (1904-1982), Australian print-maker, painter and photographer trained at the National Gallery School and the George Bell School. During his earlier career, he showed with the Contemporary Group in Melbourne between 1932 and 1938 before serving as an … Continue reading

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Sporadic Braddock | Is Hardly Nomadic

Michael Fikaris (aka Braddock) is an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose career has spanned nearly 20 years including street art. Initially a central figure in both Melbourne’s comic book and street art movements since 2003, Braddock has expanded his oeuvre into … Continue reading

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