The Big Picture Fest
Frankston's ever evolving street art has steadily developed over the years to offer the public the opportunity to view some of the world's most celebrated street artists and their works.
This dedication to framing Frankston’s street art culture shows an understanding of how art can shape where we live and how we experience the world around us.
You can experience this heady mix of art in many ways, by taking a self-guided tour with the digital walking tour app, booking onto a street art guided walking tour or stumbling upon artworks as you navigate your way around the laneways.
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FRANKSTON HIGH SCHOOL
MONTEREY SECONDARY COLLEGE
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Jess began creating work in 2005, first exhibiting her work in 2008, and has spent most of her time toiling over a table ever since. Under the pseudonym 23rd Key, she creates photo-realistic stencils and hand painted works, taking no short-cuts and cutting all her stencils by hand. With a background in Printmaking, Graphic Design, Audio Engineering and Architecture, she brings this knowledge into her work and in recent years has adapted to installing and hand painting large scale mural works without the use of stencils.
Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in Street Art, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm.
Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century.
Adnate has worked closely with indigenous people of their native land, especially with Indigenous Australians. He paints large scale murals around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs. He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.
Hello, I’m Baxter. A multi disciplinary artist born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Now residing in Melbourne.
Having always aspired to be a large scale muralist my drive is to construct a unique style that not only reflects my capabilities, but also my inspirations and values as an artist. I’m self-taught, my skill set derives from 13+ years experience painting graffiti. Tackling a diverse range of briefs has heavily informed my practice and given me the ability to work within restraints, as well as a unique outlook on problem solving.
Benjamin KNOCK is a multidisciplinary artist whose work aims to traverse the public into their imagination and to fuse the relationship between surrealism and our natural habitat. His work is heavily influenced by geology and the worlds beneath our feet. Predominantly working within the field of large-scale murals, fine art elements and virtual reality, Benjamin KNOCK has gained worldwide recognition through painting buildings/spaces and exhibiting regularly.
Originally born and raised in Germany in 1981 Bond TruLuv became involved with graffiti-writing at the beginning of this millennium. Since then he has eagerly committed himself to examining new ways of composing letters and calligraphic ways of expression, as well as modes of fine arts and graphic design. His permanent longing for transformation and variation in terms of material and style is cultivated through extensive travelling as well as the search for environments and sceneries that inspire new pieces interactively.
The artistic map of Bond TruLuv features murals and exhibitions all over Europe, Africa and especially Asia (India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, etc.). There he found social life and culture happening extensively on the streets, offering a public forum where his mural art would be appreciated by the locals and would adopt the various dominating atmospheres and emotions.
Being a true multimedia artist he is constantly experimenting with different materials such as canvas, installations, videomapping, long exposure photography. Lately he focused on new technologies and was the first Graffiti artist to embed augmented reality (AR) animations into his pieces, pushing the boundaries of urban contemporary art further ahead and creating spectacularily vivid images, morphing reality and dimensions within the letters and the locations they are applied in.
After receiving his MA in Anthropology in 2010 and participating in the “Darmasiswa” scholarship at the University of Arts (ISI) in Yogjakarta, Indonesia he works as an independent artist, travelling all over the world from wall to wall.
Jimmy Dvate is a Melbourne based artist and graphic designer whose position in the street art scene is well established and can be seen on walls, canvas and in magazines both locally and internationally.
Growing up in Melbourne, a stone’s throw from a railway station, he was instantly drawn to the colourful work along the suburban railway lines and in 1996 began experimenting at leaving his own mark on society.
Over the past five years Jimmy’s work has been focused on his passion for local flora and fauna. It is a way for him to directly connect to the area he is painting in and highlight an aspect of the local environment that he feels is important to showcase. Where possible he will chose a plant, bird or animal that is either endangered or threatened, helping to educate and raise awareness.
George Rose is a Melbourne-based artist best known for her large-scale murals. If she’s not working on commercial projects, she’s on the global street art festival circuit. Rose has proved herself to be one of Australia’s leading street artists. Recently she was honoured with winning the Resene Total Colour Visual Art Award.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania. works and lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Working under the pseudonym Ghostpatrol, David Booth first made a name for himself on the walls of Melbourne’s laneways. Working with ephemeral techniques, by 2007 Booth had built an international reputation and fanbase as a street artist. But Booth’s practice, grounded in a passion for drawing and sketching, has always been split between ephemeral works — street-based works, as well as temporary sculptural and installation works — and works on paper and linen. As a result, Booth sees his practice as floating between the worlds of fine art, commercial design, fan service, large mural painting and commercial collaboration.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Booth now works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. The legacy of his childhood environment — Tasmania being an isolated and halcyon island, densely populated with forests and bodies of water — is threaded through Booth’s practice. His imaginary realms feel unearthly, meditative and ethereal; Booth is a creator not of simply works, but entire worlds. His works themselves feel like falling into a daydream; at once intensely familiar and welcoming, and entirely otherworldly. They are alternate realities.
Booth’s finely-drawn worlds are woven in threads of hybrid animals, creatures and characters, pop culture references and childhood nostalgia. Booth’s workspaces often turn, as he works, into small shrines; indulging and entering the realm he is conjuring. The whimsical and innocent qualities of his works ostensibly belie their conceptual concerns with metaphysics, cosmic scale, curiosity-led science, quantum physics and futurism. Booth’s iconic visual language invites us to see beyond the scale of our earthly existence and the limits of our own atomic configuration.
Booth’s ongoing explorations are focusing, at present, on ambitious installation and painting projects and other multimedia experiments, often working collaboratively. These passion projects — among them, the Hepburn Wind Farm and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne — inform Booth’s studio practice and gallery work, and reflect the artist’s social and environmental conscience.
A founding member of the Safehouse Studio and currently working from the renowned Everfresh Studio, Ling is a Melbourne based Graffiti / Street artist that has been adding colour to his surrounding environment since 2000.
Known for producing large-scale murals, Ling looks to combine the aesthetics of traditional graffiti with that of his childhood. With his formative years being through the late 80’s and early 90’s Ling often borrows imagery, colour schemes and subject matter synonymous with Pop culture from the era.
In addition to this Ling has continued to develop his studio practice, combining techniques developed on the street with those of traditional fine art. The outcome being finished pieces with bold colours and heavy textures that give a nod to his graffiti pedigree whilst showing patience and consideration in application.
Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from RMIT and holds a Masters of Arts Management.
As an artist, curator and arts manager, Melanie has worked in multiple capacities within the arts industry.
Over the last decade she has developed her practice to incorporate finely detailed oil paintings and large-scale exterior murals. Examining our relationship with the botanical world around us with a focus on immortalising a sense of place, she uses native flora to activate walls and canvases to draw attention to the fragility and vibrancy of our landscape.
Melanie has exhibited in various group exhibitions and has staged solo exhibitions around Melbourne and in Gippsland, including a major solo exhibition in 2015 at the Latrobe Regional Gallery as the recipient of the annual Dick Bishop Memorial Award.
Most recently she was a finalist in the 2019 KAAF Art Prize, the Winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award in the Roi Art Prize, and a finalist in the 2018 Collins Place Art Prize. She has also been a selected mural artist for Frankston’s Big Picture Festival in 2021 and 2022.
Melanie divides her time between Melbourne’s north and her large painting studio in South Gippsland, and was the Project Manager for the Victorian showing of the Archibald Prize 2021.
Catalan artist Morano was born in 1978 in Barcelona’s historic Hospital de Sant Pau to parents who emigrated from Andalusia. Within a year his family relocated from central Barcelona to a working-class suburb on the periphery of the city. Hemmed in by industrial estates and removed from the natural world, drawing and painting emerged as tools for self-exploration and expression.
In the early 90s Morano and a crew of local kids took their drawing and painting onto the streets and also into the empty interiors of abandoned industrial buildings. The vast textured walls of derelict tanneries, textile mills and appliance manufacturing plants became canvases for graffiti inspired by skate culture and vinyl record cover illustrations.
Morano created his first murals at age thirteen incorporating stylised lettering and other typographical symbols, but his focus gradually shifted to the faces of the people who inhabited the declining industrial landscapes: faces that now form an integral part of his fragmented urban scenes, and to whose scars, faults, and frailties he gives poetic life.
To reach the emotional truth of each figure, while alluding to underlying aspirations and dreams, Morano’s compositions always proceed without pre-planning. Instead of imposing a predetermined scheme, Morano’s murals build from the emotional charge guiding each stroke, resulting in surfaces suffused with a musical energy in which discords and syncopations play a significant part.
From the mid 90s to the early 00s Morano’s work appeared regularly in outdoor exhibitions and throughout Europe’s independent street scene publications. A career in graphic design and commercial illustration naturally followed.
Morano is currently Creative Director of the Barcelona-based design firm he founded in 2014. Working remotely from his design studio in Melbourne, Australia, he quietly maintains that he has only ever had one job.
Scott Nagy & Krimsone
Scott Nagy & Krimsone are an artistic duo of muralists from the Blue Mountains, Australia. Having grown up together painting graffiti, they went on to study fine art. They paint colourful dreamy narratives themed around flora & fauna and the human relationship in the environment through a romantic lens.
Camilo Delgado is a Colombian Artist and Designer currently based in Melbourne. In 2010 he graduated with a bachelor of Graphic Design from the Universidad los Libertadores in Colombia. He completed a postgrad of Visual Arts from Camara de Comercio de Bogota.
An illustrator and visual Artist focused in the creation of Art pieces (Murals in public space) with social content that promotes the collective development of the society.
Joel Van Moore aka Vans the Omega has been a part or the global scene for decades and has painted commission artworks since 1994.
Joel’s work is heavily influenced by ancient scripts, architecture, engineering and pattern making. His works pays homage to the natural world through his use of dynamic body movement, gesture and colour derived by observing the immediate environment.
Moving beyond the spectrum of graffiti, Joel’s current work is a collision of geometric patterns translated into vibrant figurative pieces. These works aim to create inner movement, reflection and the overwhelming sense of beauty when viewed at street level. A huge focus is telling local stories which highlight individuals.
Since the year 2000 he has travelled to 50 countries while painting, exploring and discovering more about his art practice and personal journey.
Recently his art practice has focussed on refining his skill set and moving into sculptural works via 3D animation and modelling as the world shifts into a digital era.
Zedr, birth name Ryan Peik, is a Melbourne based, Adelaide born street artist. Currently residing in St Kilda, he has been painting for around twenty years.
His entry to art in general was through graffiti as a young teenager. His style is expressionism and his work is currently geared towards the juxtaposition of the organic natural and the man made technological influence we exist within.
Digital Walking Tours
Explore the City’s street art at your own pace with our Digital Walking Tours, available now on the Discover Frankston mobile app. Using Bluetooth and Beacon technology you will be guided to each piece as you listen to the stories behind the pictures and the artist.
Easy and accessible, you can complete these tours any time of day, at your convenience. You can even pause, rewind and replay parts of the tour at a later date.
Street Art Walking Tours
Wander Frankston’s city centre to see some of Australia’s freshest street art created by some of the world’s most popular artists and learn the stories behind their artworks Celebrate Frankston’s urban culture on a guided tour while visiting more than 50+ mammoth murals and sipping on a hot drink.
Meeting Point: Frankston Library, 60 Playne Street, Frankston
Duration: 1.5 hours
Price: $15 per person, coffee, tea, hot chocolate or water
Dates and Bookings: Click to Book Online
Phone: 1300 322 842
Bookings are essential
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