Slikor in Beijing

Local Sydney artist Slikor has packed his bags once again to embark on travels overseas to paint and explore. Check out his most recent wall in Beijing below. A few words from the man himself:

“The work is located in the center of ‘798’, a large warehouse space that has now become Beijing’s premier art district. Titled ‘The Story of Beijing’ it portrays three people most significant to my personal experience in the city. A fellow traveler I became close to, a graffiti contact I stayed with and an art lecturer who attempted to help me with my projects. The writing in the background is from various sources which impacted on my experience at the time; literature, news and personal quotations from the people around me. By exposing my life‘s particulars in an intimate, jumbled state I’ve hoped to encompass potential for many broader ideas and reflections, because really I think life is like that. Hypothetically one day someone you have your arm around could tell you they have breast cancer, then the next you will be reading about the health impacts of bad milk. A new friend could say something as simple as ‘it was great to know you’, but really you both might not have slept for several days and instead had various misadventures; stumbling on people living in abandoned buildings, standing off with construction workers on busy roads and improvising a paint roller handle at 2 am out of a piece of bamboo. In this kind of way ‘The Story of Beijing’ is really a much bigger, more complicated story which could potentially address many things; whether it be linguistics, spirituality and politics; or absurdity and love. If then you decide to take this idea far enough, ‘The Story of Beijing’ could in fact effect us all.”


‘Sundial’ – new work by Mark Alsweiler at China Heights

Mark Alsweiler has been super busy of late…

12 x 12 last week (a few of his pieces are still available online), a show coming up at Nine Lives (Brisbane) and now this Friday (29th July) night he opens his solos show cat China Heights titled “Sundial”. Get down to the Heights on Friday night 6pm to see Mark’s latest body of work including small to large scale paintings and sculptures.

More info here.

Desmond Steel at Lo-Fi

Desmond Steel is having a show at Lo-Fi Collective next Thursday. This will be awesome. Massive wall piece. Beers. Get down.


A new wall painting by Desmond Steel.

With his ideas rooted in Marxism and the 20th century European
artistic avant-gardes, Desmond Steel advocates the experiences of life being
alternative to those admitted by the capitalist order, for the fulfillment of human
primitive desires and the pursuing of a superior passional quality. For this purpose, Steel
suggests and experiments with the construction of situations, namely the setting up of
environments favorable for the fulfillment of such desires. Using methods drawn from
the arts, Steel has developed a series of experimental fields of study for the construction
of such situations, like unitary urbanism and psychogeography.

Love is Here

After the highly successful 12×12, aMBUSH Gallery seems to be back open for business with another great show, titled “Love is Here”.


“The ‘Love is Here Project’ Book Launch and Exhibition features 35 shortlisted artists from all around Australia showcasing their creative responses to a set of words ‘I love you’ in black and white. The idea being, that there are many ways to say ‘I love you’ so experience some of the amazing responses up on the wall. It is also being compiled into a limited-edition, 25 page, A5, booklet titled ‘Love is Here’ which, is launching at the opening night and on sale for $20.”

The Opening Hours
Where: aMBUSH Gallery, 4a James St, Waterloo
When: 11th August 2011
Time: Thursday 6-9pm
More info:

12 x 12 interviews: Rone

In the lead up to WATIM’s 12 x 12 exhibition opening, we have interviewed a few of the artists including Sean Morris, Troy Archer and Mark Alsweiler. For the last in the series, we caught up with one of Australia’s most recognized street artist, Rone.

Firstly, for our readers who aren’t aware of your work, tell us where you’re from and what you’ve been painting lately.
I’m from Melbourne, have been stencilling since 2001, but really got into putting up posters with the guys from Everfresh since 2004. Over the years iv’e covered a few subjects but what im know for is female portrait.

Alot of artists from the original street art era either stopped using stencils or changed their style, whereas you have always been on the same road. Was this a conscious decision?
Yeah plenty of my friends & peers progressed into more traditional graffiti or stopped all altogether. I tried my hand at it but knew I should stick with what im good at. I’m all about making a good strong image as quickly as possible. Using paste ups meant I could put up a dozen of huge works in one night rather then one that could take hours to get right if hand painting it.

Why have you always chosen the female face to work with?
I think the female face’s work great on the street when they are starting to decay. There is something about that contrast of beauty and decay or how fragile beauty can be.

In your last show at Backwoods Gallery we noticed you styled and shot your own models for the hero images. What was that process like?
It was great to actually work from my own source imagery. I drafted up a series of looks based on the stages of grief (shock, denial ect) and then once I had convinced Kirsten (the model) of what I was doing I got a photographer friend, Tony Mott to shoot it and also a make up artist (Hannah Marshall). They really didn’t know how it was going to look in the end, so I was using up quite a few favours to make it happen and honestly I only had a concept of stencils over the bill posters but was not sure if it would work out or just look like rubbish.

What have you got planned for the 12×12 show?
I have continued what I was doing in my Backwoods show but smaller. Trying to get the look of decaying images like you find on the street.

Do you have any plans or projects coming up you can tell us about?
Yeah i’m pretty much have my calendar full until Feb next year.
I’m part of a few group shows in the states, one in San Fran with an all Australian line up and then Miami as part of Art Basil and early next year there is talk of heading over to Hawaii for the Pow Wow event.

Start from Zero

Hong Kong based art collective Start From Zero are in town at the moment for their show “World Speed Bombin Tour” at Gaffa Gallery. These guys are really pushing the street art scene in Hong Kong and have been out and about putting up work in Melbourne and Sydney over the past couple of weeks. Get down to Gaffa and check out their show of posters, prints and paintings. Details below…