Where: Vietnamese Laundry Street Food and Bar, 152 Sturt Street, Adelaide.
Artist: Ella Simpson
Already one of the most-talked-about murals in central Adelaide, the vibrant mix of geometric paper planes and a traditional portrait, blends black and white with a full palette of colour for artist Ella Simpson’s first step into the street art world. Usually an artist more familiar with a canvas, she took on the work in March 2015 while pregnant with her daughter Evie. “They [owners of Vietnamese Laundry] approached me to paint something for them and I wanted it to be bold, colourful and eye-catching, so that people would stop to look as they went past,” she said. “I loved painting it! I use traditional paintbrushes rather than aerosol. I would love to do more in the future!”
Carpark – Members Only
Where: Rosina Street, off Hindley Street, Adelaide
Artist: Matez Andraz Vogrincic
World-renowned Slovenian artist Matej Andraz Vogrinčič specialises in large-scale works such as “dressing” a house in cast-off clothes, filling a gallery pool with origami boats or planting thousands of plaster watering cans in the driest spot on earth. For the 2000 Telstra Adelaide Festival’s visual arts program, he was commissioned to create a site-specific art work and eventually decided to highlight Adelaide’s multiple parking stations with a typically huge (the work is 22m wide and 22m high) project based around a collection of matchbox sized toy cars – nearly 14,910 in total, all donated by the people of Adelaide - glued to a wall. “Adelaide is a capital of garages and car parks,” he explained. “I found a stenciled graffti saying ‘Small Car: Members Only’ and decided to make a car park for really small cars.”
St Paul’s doorway
Where: St Paul’s Creative Centre, corner of Pulteney and Flinders Streets, Adelaide.
Artist: Lucas Croall.
Conceived as a "metaphorical portal into the creative hub on the other side" the front door to St Paul’s Creative Centre is the work of Lucas Croall, renowned visual artist and coincidentally son of Heather Croall, director and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. "Designed to draw in the viewer, the symmetrical structure and dense presence of rich colour and running patterns, it operates as a kind of visual shrine to the creative activity within the building," Croall said of the vibrant door, which has transformed the old bluestone building. "I was aiming for a harsh contrast between the old architectural style of the church and the hyper intensity of the painted door, not unlike the re-inventing of the buildings function; once a church, now a creative centre."
Where: Little Rundle Street, Kent Town
Artist: Sarah Boese.
An illustrator and graphic designer with a passion for everything from children’s books to tattoo, artist Sarah Boese is a relative newcomer to aerosol art, swapping brushes and canvas or stylus and computer screen for spray cans and walls in just 2015. Since then her unique style has graced galleries and walls across Adelaide including this now iconic black and blue Tiger in Kent Town’s famed street-art covered lane. Working largely by herself, it took four days to complete, with the result a striking and hyper-realistic contrast to the existing traditional graffiti works. “It was an idea I originally had for a restaurant with an Asian theme,” Sarah said. “But when that commission didn’t happen I thought I’d give it a run here for the 2016 Fringe.”
Franklin Street Mural
Where: Franklin Street, Adelaide
Artist: Brad Eastman
A prolific street artist (check out his latest South Australian mural near the corner of Hindley and Liverpool streets), Sydney-based Brad Eastman – or Beastman as he signs his work – has an instantly-recognisable style that has graced walls throughout Australia and galleries around the world, including a recent exhibition at the Inner State Gallery in Detroit. This unnamed work, painted in 2013, was a “fun, spontaneous, improvised mural” that has become a city landmark. “When I was younger I just wanted to draw monsters and stupid stuff,” Eastman has said. “As I’ve grown older my taste in art has become more mature. I am more interested in geometry, balance and colour theory.”
David Bowie mural
Where: The Maid Hotel, 1 Magill Road, Stepney
Artist: Lisa King
As part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival celebrations, the owners of The Maid Hotel in Stepney registered their building as having a “free wall” available to any artist with a plan. Artist and illustrator Lisa King, already well known for her 80’s-inspired work on the front of the city’s Jive Bar (181 Hindley Street) took up the challenge, but originally had another design in mind. Then after the death of singer David Bowie, she had a change of heart and with brushes and roller – and a lot of work - one of the city’s most iconic walls, David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust make-up, was born. “The mural went up just after Bowie’s passing,” a spokesman for The Maid Hotel said. “And we soon started hearing people say they came to the pub just to take a look. We love it!”
Photo: Adelaide Street Art