DabsMyla

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"When we first sat down to think of a concept for this short video in Australia we though it would be incredible to go back to where one of the first inspirations for both of us came to be artists. We would love to visit Brett Whiteley's studio together in Surry Hills, and work on a mural of his studio, as a homage to the artist and also a reflection for both of us as the journey that our artistic lives have taken us.


We were both so inspired by the freedom in his artwork as well as his technical application as a painter and drawer. To see the work of an Australian artist that wasn't too far before us to become so prolific and travel the world painting was something that planted the seed in our minds of the adventure and possibilities from living an artistic lifestyle.


Before we met each other Myla saw a large body of his work at the NGV in 1996 and Dabs had visited his studio in the late 90's in Surry Hills and we both came away from seeing his work with a truly special feeling and insight to what it is like to be an artist."

- Dabs and Myla

 

 

 

Instagram: @dabsmyla

Website: www.dabsmyla.com

Dabs and Myla met in art school in Melbourne in 2004. Since then they have been inseparable, both in life, having married in 2010, and in work, where they practice as an artistic duo, working as two parts of one whole.

Dabs and Myla packed up their lives and took their savings to Los Angeles in 2009, where they now reside, usually found bent over shared paintings in their Beverley Hills home studio.

They live by the old adage “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” They have seen huge success both as traditional painters and as muralists, managing to maintain balance between contemporary art institution and the commercial field.

Despite having traveled the world extensively, including trips to Asia, Europe, all over the Americas and the Pacific, they have never painted a wall in Sydney.

 


Rone

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Rone's episode takes him to Port Vila, the capital city of the island nation of Vanuatu, 2000kms east of Brisbane. He had previously visited in 2008, and was shocked by how close the country is to Australia, and yet, vastly different in culture. He believes his work has the ability to surprise and evoke discussion much more in Vanuatu than in his hometown of Collingwood, at the centre of Melbourne’s street art scene.


Rone aims to meet local people through his art practice and gain a deeper understanding of life on the island. Rone is joined by his best mate Callum Preston, a fellow artist and Everfresh founder, whose bold typographical work offers the perfect change for local onlookers to participate.

 

 

 

Instagram: @r_o_n_e

Website: http://r-o-n-e.com/

Rone is one of the most prominent figures to come from Australian street art, has been involved in the movement for over 15 years, beginning his work with Melbourne’s iconic Everfresh Studio in 2003.

Rone paints striking, realistic portraits of women. He is fascinated by textures and prefers to paint on walls with “character” - whether it be mould, broken glass or peeling paint..

Over his career he has progressed from painting his iconic “Jane Doe” character to now embracing a wider range of subjects, varying in age and race.

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Elliott Routledge aka Numskull

Elliott Routledge will journey to Pirlamgimpi, in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, to meet the artists from the Munupi art centre.

“I am very interested in the Tiwi people and their rich knowledge and historical use of patterns in art. Something perhaps I’m in search of at the moment with my own art, as I use a lot of patterns either from other cultures or patterns that I have created myself. I would love to maybe learn some traditional methods or pattern making skills and create a mural based off that experience…”

Here he will learn about the history of Tiwi art, and of Aboriginal culture, and explore the techniques and tools used by Tiwi artists.

Instagram: @funskull

Website: www.funskull.com

Elliott ‘Numskull’ Routledge is an Australian-based contemporary artist, working out of Sydney in a variety of fields and mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration and large-scale murals. Bypassing art school, Elliott credits his dabbling in graffiti as a bored, skateboarding kid as being formative. At that early time Elliott and his brother discovered how to use spray paint, which led to an understanding of other mediums – and ultimately it all evolved into ‘proper art’. Later, enrolling in a private college to learn multimedia and animation methods ultimately gave Elliot the tools to find his unique style.


Georgia Hill

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Georgia's episode takes place in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. Tarraleah is a hydroelectric town, once with a population of over 5000, which now lays empty on top of an escarpment in the wilderness.

Georgia's work references organic textures reminiscent of natural elements such as rock, foliage, water, and marble, and she is interested to see how this stark natural landscape influences her artwork.  Georgia speaks with local members of the community, and seek within these discussions the words or phrases that she will paint.

 

Instagram: @georgiahillbth

Website: www.georgiahill.com.au/

Georgia Hill is an illustrator and artist, specialising in hand drawn type based artworks that combine bold, monochromatic textures and lettering within experimental compositions. Since studying Visual Communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, Georgia's instantly recognisable aesthetic has developed from exhibition based illustrations to a primary focus on large scale murals across Australia.

Her focus lies in generating deliberately open ended lettering based artworks that can be read in terms of connections and relationships, time, place and community. By overhearing snippets of a conversation, or selecting words randomly down the page of a book, Georgia chooses her letters through a process of subtle abstractions.


Guido van Helten

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Guido van Helten is interested in everyday people. His episode will take place in the grain milling town of Manildra, 300kms west of Sydney. Here he aims to meet members of the community there, learning about life in regional Australia. He will photograph the people he meets and render them on the flour wagons from the local mill, which will then travel through NSW, taking the stories of the community with them.

Instagram: @guidovanhelten

Website: www.guidovanhelten.com

Guido van Helten hails from Brisbane and now travels the world painting large scale site specific murals, particularly featuring portraiture of people somehow connected to their local community.

Guido paints striking, realistic portraits, in a unique “watercolour” style. He is very process oriented, mixing all his own spray paint colours by hand. He often paints from photographs taken onsite of people he meets.
Guido has an affinity with high risk, challenging or isolated locations, having worked in Iceland, Svalbard, Ukraine, Chernobyl, and many areas of regional Australia.

His Brim Silo project completed in 2015 caused a spike in tourism to a struggling town in regional Victoria and made national news in Australia, with major coverage on both television and in print media.

Amok Island pursues a point of balance where minimal shape and colour remain capable of realistically representing a subject. To accomplish this, he renders his subjects to near bare minimum geometric elements of form, and places paramount importance on the use of a carefully considered colour palette.

Amok Island has created murals in over 20 countries worldwide and exhibited his work in Australia, the Netherlands and Japan.

Amok Island recently completed one of Australia's largest murals; 'Six stages of Banksia baxteri' spanning 162m long and 25m high on the CBH Grain silo's in Ravensthorpe, making national news.

Amok Island

Instagram: @amokisland

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amokisland

Amok Island (born Amsterdam, 1983) is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Netherlands, based in Fremantle, Western Australia and if he weren’t an artist he would be a biologist. His work explores his lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind. An undercurrent of appreciation for, and the need to preserve nature, can be detected throughout his work.