Frankston’s Street Art Festival, Big Picture Fest, is underway with local and international artists putting the finishing touches on nine new murals in the city centre.
Head down to Gallery Lane, Stiebel Place, Ross Smith Lane, Wells Lane or Thompson Lane between now and Sunday 22 March to get in on the action.
Street artist, Mark ‘Meataxe’ Taylor, has worked at festivals around the world and said he always looked forward to Big Picture Fest.
“This is the best festival in the world. In the first year, it just blew me away,” Meataxe said.
Following on from completing his masterpiece, Emerge, in Gallery Lane last year, Meataxe has been working on, Submerge, in Thompson Lane as part of this year’s Big Picture Fest.
“I have this thing with water at the moment and I think it is because of the place we’re in and its connection to the sea.”
Although the Big Block Party planned for tomorrow night (Friday 20 March) has been cancelled in line with the latest government advice regarding Coronavirus, the rest of Big Picture Fest is continuing as planned.
Frankston City Council recommends residents exercise social distancing when in public areas.
FREE street art walking tours are happening throughout the festival so book now to hear the stories behind our city’s beautiful murals.
Big Picture Fest Street Art Tours
Friday 20 March: 9.30-11am, 11.30am-1pm and 2.30-4pm
Saturday 21 March: 9.30-11am, 11.30am-1pm and 2.30-4pm
Sunday 22 March: 9.30-11am, 11.30am-1pm and 2.30-4pm
Bookings are essential: visitfrankston.com/see-do/tours
Big Picture Fest 2020 artists and locations are below. For more information visit: frankston.vic.gov.au
Contact: Alecia Pinner » Phone: 0408 580 114 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Picture Fest artists and locations 2020
Silence (Frankston) – Gallery Lane
Silence is a Frankston City aerosol artist with 25 years of experience. He has been part of the evolution of Melbourne graffiti and street art culture for most of his life. Silence is known for his clean, sharp, strong lines, attention to detail and determination for perfection. His work is abstract, contemporary, reflective and draws on nostalgia from the eighties and nineties. He enjoys experimenting with recycled materials such as pipes, rust and 3D objects to add texture, depth, and emphasis of a concept.
Melbourne’s Murals (Melissa Turner and Brigitte Dawson, Frankston) – Stiebel Place
Melissa Turner connects and communicates with the world through painting. She also creates stunning sculptures with diverse materials including through the art of metal manipulation. With a strong desire to support those less fortunate, Melissa has donated many paintings to charities and fundraisers.
Brigitte Dawson is a talented artist, painter and sculptor who drew inspiration from Michelangelo after spending time in Italy. Brigitte focuses on delicate art surrounding the finesse of the human body.
Abbey Rich (Victoria) – Thompson Lane
Abbey Rich is a multidisciplinary artist working across canvas, walls and the body. Her work primarily focuses on the organic relationships people foster with each other and the natural world.
Puzle (Melbourne) – Thompson Lane
Puzle was prolific in the eighties and nineties and his name has since become synonymous with Australian graffiti and design. Puzle created the famous book KINGS WAY, which many consider the most concise record of the graffiti subculture in Melbourne.
CLAP Meataxe Design (Victoria) – Thompson Lane
CLAP Meataxe Design was founded by Mark ‘Meataxe’ Taylor. His love of spray can art was inspired by the colourful work which spanned the train lines he travelled as a teenager. Mark and his talented crew have transformed some of the world’s most prominent and successful gym chains.
Andrew Frazer (Western Australia) – Wells Lane
Andrew Frazer is a multidisciplinary artist from Gelorup, Western Australia. He is influenced by common shared stories that remind his audience members of their humanity and draw on their inner child through subtle textures, whimsical characters and imaginative landscapes.
PichiAvo (Spain) – Stiebel Place
Street art duo Juan Antonio Sánchez Santos and Álvaro Hernández Santaeulalia formed PichiAvo in 2007 and are famous for the way they create connections between painting and sculpture in urban settings.
Vesod (Italy) – Ross Smith Lane
Vesod explores renaissance art and futurism in his work and was heavily influenced by his father, Dovilio Brero, a surrealistic painter. Vesod’s passion for mathematics can be seen in the way he harmonises anatomic proportions and futuristic dynamics.