PUBLIC is a multi-year program born in Western Australia which began in 2014. PUBLIC 2014 launched with Art in the City, bringing more than 45 artists from around the world joined with local Australian talent to transform more than 35 spaces or walls around Perth into an urban canvas.
PUBLIC aims to explore creativity as a catalyst for generating public good – for the well-being or benefit of society. Creativity and the arts have their own inherent value, but PUBLIC aims also to explore how creativity can benefit the shaping of our places, the connectivity and vibrancy of our communities, the skills and confidence of our emerging talent, and the living and social environments we share.
PUBLIC embraces diversity and prioritises community, reasserting the principle that if done well, art can catalyse change and improve quality of life. PUBLIC is a project initiated and managed by not-for-profit arts and cultural organisation, FORM.
Video by Peacock Visuals, courtesy of FORM.
A modern day naturalist, famous for his large-scale depictions of animals on urban walls around the world, ROA moves between continents and cities, observing and documenting the creatures that co-inhabit the urban landscape. His bold paintings reintroduce these animals to the locations that they have long since lost to human expansion.
Progress shot of Beastman and Vans the Omega's collaborative mural. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.
Influenced by the beauty and symbolism behind nature’s repetitive geometric patterns and organic lines, Beastman’s tightly detailed, often symmetrical paintings depict a parallel world of new life, hope and survival. Beastman’s large mural works can be found all over Australia and in the UK, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
Vans the Omega (Aus):
Roughly based in Adelaide, Vans the Omega has been creating and painting letterforms for over two decades, which has seen him travel around the globe consistently since 2000. Most of his influences have come from ancient script, architecture, engineering, nature and the idea of movement or balance.
Progress shot of Stormie Mills. Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Stormie Mills (Aus):
Stormie Mills began painting in 1984, and has since established an international following for his iconic, character-based work. Taking his work off the streets and into the gallery, he has held solo exhibitions in London, New York, Tokyo and Miami. His work explores the human condition and the notion of isolation.
Phlegm is a Sheffield based muralist and artist who first developed his fantastical illustrations in self-published comics. His work now extends to the urban landscape, and can mostly be seen in run-down and disused spaces. Phlegm creates surreal illustrations to an untold story, weaving a visual narrative that
explores the unreal through creatures from his imagination. Each drawing forms part of a grand narrative that extends worldwide.
Phlegm, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Like many urban artists, Jaz began his creative career in the streets as a graffiti writer, and is recognised as one of the first major writers to begin working in the streets of Buenos Aires in the mid 1990s. Jaz’s style evolved over the years, as he began experimenting with figurative pieces inspired by Argentine culture.
Jaz, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Pixel Pancho (Italy):
Pixel Pancho, an Italian street artist from Turin has a rational view of the world. He creates “anatomical street robots” inspired by different environments, claiming that his work is intended to provoke the viewer to ask the question, “are we all just machines?”
Pixel Pancho, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Street view of Ever's mural at the Central Institute of Technology, Northbridge.
Nicolas Romero aka Ever was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and began painting graffiti on the city streets in the 1990’s. Since then, his work has evolved towards portraits which Ever credits to the influence of Francis Bacon and Vincent van Gogh. This influence is also evident in the “painterly” style of his portraits, which is more typical of paintings in a gallery rather than street art. Ever uses both aerosol and brush-based techniques in his work.
Lucas Grogan :
Lucas Grogan’s work spans multiple disciplines including textiles (specifically embroidery), drawing, painting and murals. Grogan exhibits throughout Australia and is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary Sydney, Gallerysmith Melbourne, Hugo Mitchell Gallery Adelaide and Jan Manton Art Brisbane.
Lucas Grogan, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw
Maya Hayuk (USA) :
Maya Hayuk weaves visual information from her immediate surroundings into her elaborate abstractions, creating an engaging mix of references from popular culture and advanced painting practices alike while connecting to the ongoing pursuit of psychedelic experience in visual form.
Maya Hayuk, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw
Jacopo Ceccarelli aka 2501 was born in Milan in 1981 and began painting at the young age of 14. Jacopo first began painting under the Tag of Robot Inc and then as 2501 he started a new style that put together wall painting, canvas work, sculpture and video.
2015, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Saner (Edgar Flores) is a street artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Mexico City. His exposure to Pop Art and Mexican muralism since childhood has informed his work, which reinterprets iconography inspired by Mexican folklore with a pop sensibility. He has exhibited in galleries in Barcelona, Berlin, London, Mexico City and New York, and his work appears on walls across Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain and the United States.
Saner, Perth (2014). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.
Born in North Carolina and trained as a doctor, Jetsonorama has lived on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona for the last 26 years. His initial interest in photography led him to New York for a time where he first began dabbling in graffiti. Drawing from his vast archive of photographic negatives, he began
applying imagery to dilapidated roadside street vendor sheds, water tanks and signs around the reservations.
Jetsonorama, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Andrew Frazer (Aus):
A Western Australian illustrator and designer, Andrew Frazer specialises in hand lettering with his typography and story-telling skills evident in commissioned lettering projects. Andrew’s aim with his work is to welcome people into “a conversation that requires imagination” – reflected in his narrative-based artwork.
Andrew Frazer, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Anya Brock (Aus):
A painter and illustrator from Perth, Anya Brock started out in the fashion industry. Her love of painting blossomed after working with internationally recognised artists Christopher Kane and Richard Nicoll in the United Kingdom. She has since established a large and dedicated fan base, exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions and decorating the walls and windows of some of Perth’s most popular urban locations with bright murals.
Anya Brock, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Phibs has a graffiti background and is a well respected urban artist on and off the streets. He produces works across a variety of mediums that consistently reflect his own unique symbolism, multicultural references and mythology. Largely inspired by nature, his works have spawned a menagerie of signature characters.
Phibs, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
“Well known within the West Australian arts community, Hurben is one of the 3 founders of the infamous Ololo Collective whose credits include orchestrating the legendary Condor Car Park project and ReFace 2009 – both of which were highly influential in contributing to Perth’s evolving attitude toward street art.
Making an impression upon untold city spaces over the years, Hurben’s work is bold, challenging and reflective” (Jonathan Garde, Gifted and Talented, 2012).
Hurben, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Paul Deej (Aus):
“Paul Deej has been a professional Artist and Illustrator since 2002. In 2010, Deej took his artwork onto canvas and into galleries, and has exhibited all over Australia and has had three successful solo shows. Deej’s bold colourful work is inspired by popular cultures of movies, comics & Hip Hop” (http://www.pauldeej.com).
Paul Deej, Perth (2014). Photograph by Luke Shirlaw.
Perth based, Dutch born up and coming young artist SHRINK has a background in graphic design and illustration. His heavily character-based and often vibrant psychedelically coloured designs intended to transport the viewer on a continuous journey of rediscovery and adventure.
Shrink, Perth (2014). Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.
FORM would like to thank all those who made PUBLIC's launch in 2014 possible, most importantly the artists, our sponsors, collaborators and the public.
We look forward to bringing you PUBLIC again in 2015.
For PUBLIC 2015 event information please visit http://public.form.net.au
For more information on FORM and our other projects, visit http://www.form.net.au