Want to see the best street art in Australia? Just venture down Hosier Lane in Melbourne

Play Melbourne Contributor

By Play Melbourne in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 May 2015

If you’re looking to set your eyes on some serious street art – street art where some of the world’s best artists come to play – you don’t have to travel to New York or Buenos Aires. Some of the very best street art is right in Melbourne’s backyard. And by backyard I mean smack bang in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

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Humorous, clever, thought-provoking street art by Fra.Biancoshock

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 2 May 2014

Milan-based artist Fra.Biancoshock really knows how to grab your attention. Using the ‘urban jungle as his canvas, the mysterious artist creates site-specific installations that are at times humorous or startling, but always clever and imaginative’. In this street art, old tires are given new life to form Loch Ness Monster scenes in back alley puddles, […]

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Street art with a decaying twist: photos by Charlene Weisler

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Charlene Weisler’s urban photography is inspired by the transience and impermanence of street art. Concentrating on the evolving nature of layered, decaying graffiti, Weisler’s art captures a timeline of competing efforts and messages eroded by weather and time. Notably, the photographs are “as-is” – as she finds them on the streets – and are not […]

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Wallpeople collaborate on urban outdoor galleries

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Wednesday 26 June 2013

Wallpeople is an urban art collective that brings large groups of people together to make art. Targeting one specific urban area, they turn on music and work together to create a unique outdoor art gallery. Though it started as a local thing in Barcelona, the Wallpeople movement has spread to more than 40 countries. On June […]

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Street artist illegally creates useful urban installations

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 20 June 2013

Thor ter Kulve is a street artist. But unlike some the young kids who make it a point to deface public areas with their art, Kulve uses his powers for good. He takes boring urban places and alters them just enough to make them interesting. He maximizes seemingly useless objects, such as light pulls, and turns them into […]

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Pothole gardens are the perfect cover up

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By Alicia Thompson in New Art on Monday 3 June 2013

Pothole gardens are basically miniature gardens to cover up a hole in the street. Steve Wheen began the little project with simple installations and a respite from the greyness of London. He says ‘I’m constantly surprised at how my miniature gardens seem to make a big impact on people’. So, if you’re in London, keep your eyes open.

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Brooding cityscapes by Jeremy Mann

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By Cyrus Daruwala in New Art on Thursday 28 March 2013

San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Mann uses the city streets as his inspiration in this hauntingly beautiful series. The muggy atmosphere lends a certain existential character to the paintings. The visual renditions may get you feeling a touch nostalgic, like only a walk down a rainy street can.

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Kyle Thompson’s surreal photography pivots between images of life and death

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By Jonny Burt in New Photography on Sunday 3 March 2013

The surreal self-portraits of Kyle Thompson are rather mystifying and alluring works of art that pivot between life and death, angelic beauty, and muted violence. Thompson locates jarring juxtapositions of urban subjects with eerie forests and abandoned houses that evoke terrifying, dislocated realities and within them the absurdities of our everyday existence.

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Photo series on the legendary Twelve O’Clock Boyz of Baltimore

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Thursday 28 February 2013

Noah Rabinowitz and Lotfy Nathan have been travelling together on a mission to find the Twelve O’Clock Boyz, an urban tribe of bikers in the heart of Baltimore. This culture of bikers ride in large groups, sometimes huge, 100 member groups. They ride around urban neighborhoods, pulling stunts and paying no attention to traffic laws. […]

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Grungy urban landscape paintings by Valerio D’Ospina

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Thursday 28 February 2013

Italian artist Valerio D’Ospina painted this fantastic series of oils which all focus on the lost beauty of urban life. Each monochromatic piece resembles the feel of street photography. The use of implied motion is extremely effective. Between the blurring of brush strokes and the strong use of linear perspective, each piece has the feel […]

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Colourful urban art by Chicago’s Chris Silva

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By Hao Ni in New Art on Monday 14 January 2013

Being a street artist himself in Chicago, Chris Silva loves to collaborate with people using found objects and colorful murals to create amazing art that reflects its urban setting. Of his work, he says: ‘I am interested in the visually poetic, employ ambiguity in my work and strive to express the essence rather than the details. I see opportunities in accidents, enjoy unusual combinations of materials, the unpredictable outcomes of collaboration and the general adventure of the creative process’.

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Distorted street faces: a series by Andre Muniz Gonzaga

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By The Flying Dutchman in New Art on Thursday 13 December 2012

Good street art, like good architecture, is absolutely site-specific and nowhere is this better illustrated (no pun intended) than in the work of Andre Muniz Gonzaga. Finding shapes in the clutter and chaos of disrupted urbanism. Excellent work, sir!

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Crystal Clarity: an urban mural artist in New York

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By Mike Rimbaud in New Art on Friday 16 November 2012

Painter and muralist Crystal Clarity is an emerging New York artist with a great sense of color whose work carries the urban woman’s strength. In her murals, you can see influences of Diego Rivera and Orozco.

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Urban folk art by Scott Allen

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By Scott Allen in New Art on Saturday 28 July 2012

Tales of great floods, juke joints, and small town eccentrics have all inspired my most recent artwork. The images are the characters, events, and places I have casually encountered while growing up in Mississippi. An urban street influence has somehow bled through and mixed with my passion for folk to create works that some have described as urban folk art.

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