Back street boys and girls
Since the 1980s Enmore, Erskenville, Camperdown and St Peters have become home to shed-loads of Sydney’s street art.
This is where we went a wandering one day. My favourite is the loop of Wilford Street, Gladstone Street (including the corner of Phillip Street), Phillip Lane and Thurnby Lane. Where we saw these:
2. EMOS, is apparently credited for a lot of the bio-mechanical work in this area, like these fellas with nasty teeth on Wilford Street, Newtown.3. Poster art (ahem, aka Wheat Pasting, because of the flour and water mix used to stick the posters on the wall) on Gladstone Street, Newtown.4. Some abstract street art bits on Phillip Lane, Newtown.5. Underneath this stencil of the Natural History Museum is an archaelogical dig of street art.
This spot on the corner of Phillip and Gladstone streets has been home to many works and now someone has added a balaclava plaster piece with gold frame. I would love to know who is doing the balaclavas, they seem to be everywhere: Newtown, St Peters and Balmain.6. I’m calling this pic ‘Disarmament’ on Gladstone Street, Newtown
And this Kids’ TV one is right next to it.
King Street artists and murderers
Given the, ahem, slightly dodgy nature of graffiti it’s often difficult to attribute the artists, however most of the big famous murals are not far from Newtown Station on King Street, like ‘I have a dream’, Martin Luther King and Mona. They are all credited to a group called UAP or Unmitigated Audacity Productions.
One of its main members, Andrew Aiken, was on the run after murdering a guy and concreting over him in the cellar of a squat they shared in Hackney, North London. Several years after painting the murals he went back to the UK, confessed to the crime and served 8 years. He is now the father of two and a devout member of the Twelve Tribes religious movement.
May Lane and the not quite so illegal
The residents around May Lane in St Peters have granted permission for graffiti artists to work along the garages and back walls of the laneway. Hence, it’s wall to wall street art and everyone seems to merrily paint over other work, so there is always something new.
Some great books on the subject:
Stencil Graffiti Capital Melbourne – Jake Smallman
Uncommissioned Art: Art A-Z of Australian Graffitii – Christine Dow
Street/Studio: The Place of Street Art in Melbourne – Alison Young
A YouTube doco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8h8CWYyDpU
Thank you Gordon Eckel for taking the awesome pics and to Brad Leonard for all his insights!
Where is your favourite street art?