I think we are in the luckiest city in the world at the moment. Perth walls and laneways are getting a serious overhaul. This month sees 45 amazing artists arrive over 9 days to paint 30 walls, all part of PUBLIC – a program designed to celebrate urban art and to foster more dialogue between creativity and the sharing of it, with the public.
Tired, lifeless walls, albeit with history and interesting textures are being transformed with colour, pattern, symbols and stories, many with intriguing underlying narratives, cultural references, drama, playfulness and each equally saturated with the street artist’s love for either painting, digital art, installation, projections and clearly their passion to share with Perthites!
Over the past few days I have had the pleasure and honour to meet with and talk to several of these artists, some local and many from interstate and overseas. Form‘s invitation to explore the Art in the City program is a MUST and has so far taken me to Murray Street and Wolf Lane to experience the work in progress by artists – Phlegm (UK), Roa (Belgium), Lucas Grogan (Melbourne), Maya Hayuk (USA), Hyuro (Argentina), Jordan Sieler (USA), BC Heavy (USA), Phibs (Sydney), The Yok (Perth/USA) and Sheryo (Singapore/USA), Stormie Mills (Perth), Jetsonorama (USA), Kyle Hughes-Odgers (Perth) and Last Chance Studios (Perth).
This is history in the making! Perth people you need to indulge in this experience and get in amongst the city walls and laneways to watch, chat with and appreciate these incredible, visionary artists as they share their art with us all….. and all for FREE. Rarely do these kind of opportunities present, our city is embracing and promoting collectively the wealth of talent we have right here in Perth at the moment!
Here is my first post of what I have enjoyed to date which hopefully captures for you some of the hub of activity in Perth that perhaps you have not had the chance to witness……. Seen through my humble camera lens …….here we go ….in the beginning there was ……signage…..blank walls, inspiration in the air…. skeletal sketches, first marks and the beaming Perth sun!
Phlegm, Maya Hayuk and Roa all hard at it creating large scale works below…… EWPs pumping up and down, the hiss of spray, a more appeasing sound than the usual city traffic and visual feasts emerging before my eyes…. the senses delighting in watching these artists bringing the walls to life.
Wheat pasting on Murray Street with Jordan Sieler and in Tiger Tiger Coffee Bar with the very hip n groovy, Chip Thomas, better known as Jetsonorama. Checkout his shoes below ….. seriously the art of ‘soull!’
Jetsonorama’s story is quite incredible. I read that he was a doctor who left his career in favour of art. He started wheat pasting water tanks with portraits of Navajo people. The inspiration to be a street artist began in the 1980s, mainly driven by the hip hop culture, but it was the time spent in Brazil where he meet some street artists, that created the greatest impression. His photography are the sources for his wheat paste images. You can view more of his work at Chip Thomas photography. What a legend!
Beanz, Stormie’s adorably patient, supportive chihuahua and companion, has been supervising the site whilst Stormie paints his wall; the image he tells me references the idea of equilibrium. Whilst Lucas Grogan embroiders the metal surface near Bucket cafe with patterned paint stitches, in blue and white, and Hyuro offers up a wall of subtle, floating figures as if falling like autumn leaves down in Wolf Lane.
Photography by Lisa Bowden