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How Melbourne Graffiti Art is Different

Melbourne is one of the most beautiful cities in Australia with amazing and popular things to see like the Federation Square and the Yarra River. But much like any other place, you’ll find the true art by the locals in an alleyway that has been painted with graffiti. It might seem ‘meh’ considering you already have graffiti artists where you might come from, there are still a few reasons to check it out due to the artists. That’s right, there are a few things that set apart other graffiti artists from a Melbourne Graffiti Artists. Let’s check it out:


  1. Stencil Art: There is a reason that Melbourne is considered as the ‘stencil capital of the world’. It is one of the few cities that adopted the stencil art at a very early age and held onto it quite strongly. This is in fact one of the reasons why people of the city started taking street art into consideration. We aren’t implying that other places are bad at stencil art by any stretch of imagination, but the fact that the Melbourne artists have a special expertise in it at it is undeniable.


  1. Inspired: It’s a sad occurrence but more often than not the authorities and officials aren’t very supportive of street art, prohibiting it in many areas as well. Melbourne wasn’t an exception, but had many people supportive of the cause too, with overseas visitors being really impressed by the work. This gave rise to many artists who are inspired by older artists and keep making new eye-candy graffiti for the world to see.


  1. Diversity: Despite a special expertise in stencil art, Melbourne street artists have varying styles with different materials of colors, different messages, different themes and so on. This might be prevalent everywhere but the sheer number of populace in Melbourne means that no two street artists are the same. They may share similarities when it comes to some types of art, but otherwise you’ll see a distinction in every art, making It a treat to check them out.


  1. Unity: Conflict of interests can be found amongst many artists with Melbourne being one of them too, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t united. When the government officials had officially put a ban on street art for a while in 2007, many street artists united and stood up together. Other countries might have some level of unity amongst street artists but for the most part they are segregated by different groups and different ideologies.



Steps To Take Before Going For A Graffiti Artist For Hire

 While regular paint on a wall looks good, it goes without saying that graffiti lovers will always prefer having something unique on their wall to admire when sitting on the sofa. If that’s the case with you but you’re not too skilled in graffiti painting, you’d obviously want to get a professional graffiti artist on hire. But before you make the call on the first name that pops up, why not take a look at these steps to decide what’s best for you?


  1. Reading reviews: It’s a no-brainer but still needs to be mentioned. Just look up the artist on the internet, see what kind of art he’s done, if people have liked it, and other stuff. Also, since reviews can be manipulated (to some point) nowadays, be sure to check a multitude of them to be extra sure about it.


  1. Type of Graffiti: Some artists have only managed to get expertise in a particular type of graffiti art and they are still considered as professional graffiti artists. It is your responsibility to check and see if they are an expert in the kind of graffiti art you’re looking for.


  1. Time: Making graffiti art can take time (all amazing things do), but some can just do it faster than others as they are what could consider as ‘a natural’ at these sort of things. Ask all of your shortlisted artists (speaking of which, shortlist a few artists instead of going for one) about the amount of time it will take for a particular piece of art to get done, and select the one accordingly.


  1. Changes: No two minds are the same. What might be perfect for the artist may be a bit off to you. Fortunately, graffiti can be changed and depending on the complexity of the art, it may take a while. The best thing to do is to talk about this with the artist beforehand and find out how much they charge for a set of changes.


  1. Reputable website: While this step is optional, going for it can prove to be quite useful. There have been way too many scams when it comes to any field, and art is no exception. A website where you find graffiti artists for hire Melbourne will prove to be a safer way to get your graffiti art without a whole bunch of hassle. Most freelancing websites have plenty of artists, and the choice expands further on art-specific websites.

Marianne Reardon

Marianne Reardon was born in 1947 in Hamburg Germany. At the age of five she immigrated with her parents to Tasmania where she studied to be a teacher. An only child, she showed a keen interest in nature and the visual arts. She was encouraged and influenced in this by her father, an amateur landscape photographer, who taught her to “see” what was really there.

In her professional role as an Infant School teacher, Marianne continued to dabble and experiment in the art and craft fields, but other than her art studies at high school, and a few painting classes at evening school, she has had no formal training.

It was only when she and her husband moved to Montville in 2001 that she started to seriously explore her artist streak. It was when a friend gave her a set of pastels, that what had been an interest, suddenly developed into a passion.

I love setting up a still life and painting it. It’s like going on a journey and crossing a threshold into another world. Time does not exist, only light and shadows, colour vibrating. It’s difficult to explain. One has to experience it.

Since then Marianne has attended workshops conducted by Carol Oakley” Catherine Hamilton, Grace Paleg, Anne White and Chris Blake. She has exhibited in a number of local art exhibitions and is a co founder and past president of the Blackall Range Self Help Art Group.


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Emma Middleton

Emma Middleton expressed an innate interest in art from an early age and enjoyed an artistically orientated upbringing, greatly inspired by the artwork of her maternal Grandmother Linda Armstrong, and of her paternal Great Grandfather Bernardus Schilte de Veldt.

After graduating from the Australian Ballet School in 1990, Emma became a soloist with The Vienna Ballet, ‘Badnerballet der Stadtheatre Wien’.

Emma Middleton returned to Australia in 1993 becoming the principal of Brighton Dance Academy. She designed and painted 12-metre by 6-metre backdrop canvasses used by the Academy for various Performances. Emma was also the theatrical costume designer and creator. During this period she continued developing her paintings of the human figure, eventually pursuing her passion for art becoming full time professional.

Emma Middleton’s work focuses on interpretation and expression of the sensuous qualities of the human form. Predominantly Emma works in pastel; a medium that has enabled her to develop a unique style characterised by a sublime velvety texture and exquisite contrasts.

In 2001 Emma Middleton was recognised by the Pastel Society of Victoria as featured artist. Following on from previous highly successful exhibitions at Manyung Gallery Victoria, gaining widespread media coverage, Emma’s works were again exhibited and eagerly sought.

Emma Middleton’s paintings continue to be highly collectible and are included in various corporate and private art investment collections. Additionally, clients from various Australian states have commissioned individual works.

A resident of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the work of Emma Middleton is on display at selected prominent art galleries including Main Street Gallery, Montville.


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Jan Jorgensen

Brisbane artist Jan Jorgensen chronicles the human and architectural worlds of the inner city suburbs.
Her colourful impressionistic paintings capture the changing places and the changing light of the old and new, jostled together. She is fascinated by man made structures of cities and old inner suburbs – the streetscapes and houses, light and shadow, angles and planes that are place memories of our lives. Visit

Formal art training include two years at Central Technical College and three years at Kelvin Grove College of Art. Most influential tutors were William Robinson and Andrew Sibley.

Jan has held many solo exhibitions since 1980 and won many awards for her work including: Suncorp, Royal National, Tattersalls Club, Royal QLD Art Society, Nudgee College Awards and Nundah Art Festival Award – Grand Champion Prize.

Jan’s work is represented in many private and corporate collections throughout Australia – Suncorp, L.J. Hooker, St. George Bank, Downlands College (Toowoomba), Redeemer & Trinity Lutheran Colleges, St. Hildas School (Southport), Prince Charles Hospital, Byrne Ford and Park Royal Hotel (Broadbeach). Jan’s paintings are represented in England, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Canada and U.S.A.


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Philippa Stewart-Hall

A member of the Chelsea Arts Club London, Fourth President of the Australian Society of Miniature Art A.S.M.A. and Vice President of Hornsby Art Society, Phillipa Stewart-Hall has exhibited consistently in major group exhibitions.

Shown in Canberra, Sydney, Toronto Canada, Washington DC, France, Noumea, Japan & Germany, to mention a few. Furthermore she has held eleven solo exhibitions, three of which have been at the Holdsworth Galleries in Paddington, Sydney.

Philippa’s works hang in private collections both here in Australia and overseas. She has many commissions to her credit, including paintings on linen and paper, logo designs, a wall sculpture, and glass paintings.

Philippa Stewart-Hall’s foray into the art world began when she had an accident in 1975, which caused her to rethink her life. Her work came to the notice of the artist Ross Morrow, who became her mentor and friend for several years before his death. The springboard for Philippa’s enthusiastic approach to her new world was through the abstract forms of music and the philosophies of songwriters and composers.

Technically Philippa’s ability to paint & draw academically, is without a doubt, now concentrating strongly on experimentation and gradually moving from drawing to painting and on to mixed media. A quantum leap in style came about when she began exploring dreams – an ancient philosophy based on the interpretation of dreams as messages. These interpretations have altered the destinies of people and nations throughout history.

Also her miniature portraits – particularly of animals, & conceptual works using a variety of media give an added dimension to her work. Essentially a metaphysical surrealist, Phillipa Stewart-Hall creates works that are not superficial, and she always challenges the viewer to explore her works.

Philippa’s thirst for knowledge has also led her into another arena – that of Botanical Painting. This is an area of art, which she finds wonderfully meditative – that of being one with the plant. This exploration has enabled Philippa to exhibit with the Botanical Art Society of Australia. Her works explore the exquisite detail and minutiae of the beautiful world of botanical art, and feature both flora and associated fauna – in intimate “plant portraits”.

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