Photos: ROA at Backwoods Gallery – Melbourne

From the 3rd to the 19th of June, Backwoods Gallery will be presenting ‘Hic Sunt Dracones’, the latest exhibition by Roa. The result of a modern expedition, the show will explore the impact of western civilisation on Australia’s native fauna through illustration, sculpture and installations.

Click here to see more photos and the artworks.


A Study Of Hair at Backwoods Gallery

This September, Backwoods Gallery is proud to present A Study of Hair, the third installment in what is to be a decade-long project. A Study of… is a series of group exhibitions in which local and international artists are invited to present a contemporary interpretation of a motif drawn from art history.

The 2012 and 2013 exhibitions focused on two of the most important vectors of emotional communication: hands and eyes. This year’s theme, hair, is the most challenging of the series so far, and promises to generate an even more diverse range of interpretations. It is perhaps because hair is one of the most visible signs of our animal nature that it has become one of the primary ways in which we express our desire for artifice.

Hair frames the face, and whether it is used to distinguish or to disguise its function is never neutral. No other part of the body is manipulated in as wide a range of ways or subjected to the same degree of public scrutiny. In the history of art, hair is one of the clearest indications of the evolution of human culture from one decade to the next, and one of the key ways in which artists identify the social identity of their subject.

This year’s artists will include C215, Dave Kinsey, Faith47, Inkie, Jonathan Guthmann, Mark Bode, Merda, Miso, ROA, Stephen Ives, Shohei Otomo, TwoOne, Usugrow, Yusk Imai and Alexander Mitchell.

In its completed form, the A Study Of… project will document over 350 artworks from all corners of the globe. The curator’s intent is to create an historical source with enough breadth to contextualize a generation of artists, many of whom work primarily outside the framework of established institutions. Whilst Mitchell wishes to leave the thematic path of the project open to evolution, he has indicated that the series will include studies of human anatomy, color, and movement.

A STUDY OF HAIR opens on Friday the 26th of September and is on display until Sunday the 5th of October. Admission is free.

Backwoods Gallery.
25 Easey Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.

A Study Of Hair preview from Alexander Mitchell


A Study Of Hair preview from Faith47


A Study Of Hair preview from Mark Bode


A Study Of Hair preview from ROA


A Study Of Hair preview from TWOONE


A Study Of Hair preview from Yusk Imai


Video: ROA at the Healseville Sanctuary and Zoo, Victoria

ROA is in Australia at the moment for his show at Backwoods, and it looks like he’s been here for longer then we thought. The Belgian artist recently made it out to the Healseville Sanctuary in Victoria to paint a series of walls in and around the zoo. Check out the video below with a great personal insight from the man himself.

ROA at Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne, Australia from Matt Harding on Vimeo.

Belgian street artist Roa recently visited Australia to exhibit a selection of new works at Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne. The exhibition, aptly titled Carrion, consists of a series of works in his characteristic style: oversized animal portraits, the creatures at once elevated and eerie, though this time focusing on the unique fauna found in Australia.

During his time in Melbourne, Roa struck up a collaboration with the staff and animals of Healseville Sanctuary, a nature reserve dedicated to native Australian species. The Sanctuary commissioned two works to be painted on their grounds north-east of Melbourne and provided consultation, information and inspiration for the artist in turn.

Here, emerging filmmaker Matt Harding follows Roa over a weekend as he encounters the strange and wonderful animals native to this country and reinterprets them on various sites within the Sanctuary.

Roa?s exhibition at Backwoods Gallery runs from November 30 – December 16, 2012. For further information please see


Outpost Festival

Ok, so. There have been murmurs of a big street art / graffiti festival happening for the last few months and finally all the details have been released.

“OUTPOST” is the largest street art event to ever happen in Australia and will feature over 100 local and international artists. Presented by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust in association with aMBUSH Gallery it will be held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, opening on the 4th of November.

The list of artists is quite a long one, and quite frankly, too long to type here so we’ll just name drop a few that we’re excited to see work from on the island: Everfresh, Lister, Ben Frost’s Past Modernism, Phibs & Co, Kid Zoom returns to Oz, Dmote, Numskull, Beastman, Jumbo, Roa, Ethos, Vexta, Minigraff, Zap, Will Coles, The full collection of Project Ugly,  Shida, Sync, Ghostpatrol, Secret Wars, Max Berry, Banksy?, Ears, and so many more….

Check out some more info on the project here.