I am a mum who is learning how to use my camera. I post on Instagram janes_photo_gallery. Having so much fun.
Published April 4th 2017
Adelaide Artists on the street
I have been wanting to write about these guys for awhile now. They keep on amazing me all over Adelaide. There are many places I have not been to yet, but usually I try to get there before the paint has dried.
It all started over a year ago in Little Rundle Street. With my new Nikon I was out looking for something to photograph and practise on. Then I came across a man doing quite a big painting. I parked my car and got out with camera in hand but didn't really want to bother him. I was surprised when he stopped, downed tools, introduced himself and shook my hand. I was not expecting that. And that man was Jack, the first ever graffiti artist I knew. Now, some time later, I know a few and they are such a talented crew they amaze me all the time.
This was my first introduction to Adelaide's graffiti. We have so much spread across the suburbs. I drive around to see if there is anymore around. Sometimes you just happen upon it. And that is the exciting part.
I saw this beautiful piece during a working day and the roller door was up so I had to go back on a Sunday to get the whole piece; it's just stunning. The best day would be a Sunday because usually cars are parked in front of the work or bins are out. You really need to see the whole piece without any obstructions.
If I was mayor I would have Adelaide as the new capital for graffiti art. It would be a weekend of invitations for artists from all over the world to come and we would have walls ready for them all over the suburbs. That is what they need - more walls and willing councils and building owners to get on board.
We have some very talented artists visiting and doing work around Adelaide, then off they go either interstate or overseas to do more. Some councils have got on board and have started asking for work around their suburbs. More wouldn't hurt.
If you do see them doing work and want to stop and take photos, just stop and have a chat. They all are more than willing to stop and talk about their project. And do take photos of unfinished and finished work. To see the process is amazing. The weather plays on them a bit so nice sunny days are very helpful to the artist to get the work finished.
Artists have their work on Instagram for you to look at and check who has done what work. Artists have work for sale, as well as painting walls for us. Often on Instagram you will find works for sale. It's worth a look.
So, go find graffiti locations around Adelaide and have a look. This is only a small selection of work around the suburbs of Adelaide. I find you need a driver and a spotter - especially when you're looking in the city because you never know what is down an alley or small street.