|BMD's artwork from All Fresco 2013 - see more on BMD below|
Earlier this month I blogged about
’s vibrant street art.
I have since found out that a couple of the artworks I featured in that blog
were part of street art festival, All Fresco 2014, a wonderful initiative from
the K Road Business Association to cultivate the creativity and fringe
culture Karangahape Road is famous for. Auckland
As I hadn't seen all the works produced by the All Fresco artists, last weekend I made it my mission to find and photograph the others. Here, then, is a further celebration of
’s vibrant street art scene, the All
Fresco 2014 festival and the amazing artists who took part. Auckland
In my previous blog, Mica Still was the artist in the throes of painting her gigantic work on the back wall of the Lim Chhour Centre in
Though now based in Wellington, Mica hails from a
small coastal town in Oregon, in the , which may
explain her love for radiant colours and subjects from the natural world. On
the left above is her finished artwork. USA
On the right, painted on the same building as Mica’s work, stand a series of giant figures by Benjamin Work. Benjamin is a South-Aucklander of Tongan heritage whose commissions include large-scale public murals like this one, as well as postage stamps and wine packaging. A man of diverse talents!
Owen Dippie’s larger-than-life portraits are astounding, and his work is internationally recognised for its realism and artistic merit. This artwork is on the side of a building in
Pitt Street but in Tauranga, where he
lives, Owen has been commissioned to produce a series of 15 huge artworks to
adorn the walls of his city – three have been finished, the fourth will soon be
underway. You can see more on his website.
The Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn-lookalike paintings are by Gasp aka Liam Hindsley. He seems to have been painting street art for some years but I haven’t been able to find out much about the man himself.
Founder of the TMD (The Most Dedicated) street art crew Charles Williams combines his talent for bold colour and his love of graffiti with his passion for native
birds to create stunning artworks
like the one above. Wrapping around a corner wall in Poynton Terrace, Charles’s
saddleback artwork, entitled Warrior Bird, is simply gorgeous. The multi-coloured
circle designs issuing forth from its beak, symbolic of its beautiful song, are
by Lady Diva. New
Just around the corner from Charles’s big bird is an even bigger artwork, by Misery and Tom Tom. Cascading down the back wall of this building, a series of four kids enjoy some summer fun in the water. Misery is the graffiti street art and fashion label of Australian Tanja Jade Thompson. If you follow my blog, you may remember that she featured in one of my pieces about the 2014 Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt. Misery often collaborates with Tom Tom on large-scale murals like this one, though Tom Tom is more likely to be found creating smaller artworks – he is a well known Auckland tattooist.
BMD (aka Blake Dunlop) happily admits he likes big walls – and this is one big artwork on one big wall. His four super-size ducks are to be found at the
end of , and one look at his website will
show you that his imagination and his talent are as enormous as the art he
produces. He was also responsible for the Myers Park K
Road artwork (shown at top), produced during last
year’s All Fresco event.
Last but most definitely not least is the work of Elliot Francis Stewart. He is another member of the TMD group of street artists, and earns a living as an artist and freelance illustrator. His massive contribution to All Fresco 2014 adorns a wall at the
end of Ponsonby Road.
Apparently, he is amazing to watch working and I just wish I had known the
festival was on – I would’ve been there. To make sure I don’t miss out next
year, I’m following the event on Facebook and you can too.