Australian Street Artists you absolutely need to know
For many years Australia has been an abundant source of talent in the world of street art and Graffiti. Here’s my selection of 40 of the most prominent Australian street artists that you must absolutely know!
You can imagine the difficulty of comprising a “best artists list”, as it’s obviously subjective. Although my list is not complete of the vast amount of talent there is in Australia, however i have chosen these artists from a mix of established street art “stars” and also up and coming new artists who will undoubtedly become “stars” in the very near future. Enjoy!
Adnate is an Australian street 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. Strongly influenced by renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century.
Amok Island (born in Amsterdam) is a multi-disciplinary urban artist from the Netherlands, based in Fremantle, Western Australia
Amok Island Website
Anthony Lister is an Australian-born painter and Installation artist. He has been featured in exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as had solo shows in New York City and London, England.
Antony Lister Website
Iconic Australian Artist Anya Brock is best known for her spirited and bold use of colour and strokes, exploring the connection between amplification and emotional mark making, creating a distinctive visual language in all her work.
Anya Brok Website
Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photo-realism and sign-writing.
Ben Frost Website
Beastman (Bradley Eastman) is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the biodiversity, symbolism and design aesthetics behind nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic landscapes, Beastman’s studio paintings, commercial projects and public murals explore a unique visual language, depicting future environments of abstracted landscapes, potential new life forms and human intervention.
The Australian artist Buff Diss has created a unique brand of art, eschewing the use of paint to work solely through the medium of tape.
Buff Diss Website
Luke Cornish (ELK) is an Australian artist creating unique, powerful images from handmade stencils. His rise within the contemporary art world has been meteoric, becoming the first artist to be nominated for the Archibald Prize with a portrait created entirely out of stencils.
Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist famous for his murals throughout Australia and the world. Born in Lismore NSW, Fintan Magee moved to Brisbane as a child and began drawing shortly after. In his early teens he was exposed to Brisbane’s graffiti culture and began painting on walls.
Fintan Magee Website
Starting with his exposure in the 80s to hiphop and breakdance, and his subsequent involvement amongst the Perth graffiti scene of the early 1990s, Facter has been passionate about street art and illustration from an early age. For the past two decades he has studied art and the creative realm, and has over that time he has also produced a large body of work whilst residing across Far North Queensland, Boston, London and Perth.
Facter Facebook Page
An artist operating in the sweaty crease between surf, street and tattoo art in Perth, Western Australia.
Born in Hobart, Tasmania. Works and lives in Mebourne Australia.
Guido Van Helten
Guido van Helten is an Australian street artist whose breathtaking monochromatic portraits adorn the walls around the world.
Guido Van Helten Website
HaHa – Regan Temanui
Haha is a self taught artist who started off by spray painting stencils on the street & has since then graduated to the gallery.
He has been exhibiting for over 8 years he has held 10 solo shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart & Sydney.
Hayley has established herself one of the newest creatives in the Western Australian art scene, having made the move to Australia from the UK in 2009.
Hayley Welsh Website
Originally from South Africa, James Giddy spent his childhood around the suburbs of Perth, Western Australia.
James Giddy Website
JimmyC – James Cochran
James Cochran, aka Jimmy C participated in the graffiti movement in Australia during the early 1990s, and after working on numerous mural commissions and community arts projects, went on to complete a Masters degree in Visual Arts at the University of South Australia with an interest in figurative oil painting. JimmyC now lives in London and his canvases and walls can be viewed in cities across the world.
Kaff-eine is an established Australian street and contemporary artist who has gained a strong following for her illustrative freehand style, delicate linework, and quiet melancholic characters.
Kid Zoom aka Ian Strange is a street artist from Sydney with extreme can skills now more into installation art …
Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga brand.
MEW – Martin E Willis
Martin E Wills aka mew is an artist / street artist from Perth who likes sci fi, fantasy, future, 60s, wavy styled hair and sliced body parts. mew webs.
Meek (born 1978 in Melbourne, Australia) is a creative street artist operating out of Melbourne, Australia, and specialising in the subgenre of stencil graffiti.
Fine Artist / Street Artist / Art Director / Designer. Originally from Melbourne, Australia.
Miso, also known as Stanislava Pinchuk, was born in 1988 in Kharkov, Ukraine. She studied in Australia and is now living in Melbourne.
Tanja Jade aka misery is an Australian street artist. Now based in Auckland NZ painting the cute playful and sometimes naughty adventures of the characters of Miseryland.
Nico is a street artist, contemporary artist and designer living in Sydney, Australia.
Nico Facebook page
Phibs is one the most respected and renowned artist names in Australian Graffiti and Street Art scene. His public art works are very prolific in Melbourne & Sydney.
Trina Collins, who works under the pseudonym Poncho Army, is an tlented Australian street artist.
Poncho Army Website
Rone is an Australian artist from Melbourne. He is renowned for the stylised images of “girls” faces. He is part of the group known as Everfresh – along with artists Sync, Phibs, Reka, Wonderlust, Prizm, Meggs, Makatron and The Tooth.
Rone on StreetArt360
James Reka is a street artist from Melbourne, Australia, later based in Berlin, Germany. Part of the Everfresh crew with Stabs, Maka, Phibs, Civil, Wonderlust …
Ryan is a graffiti artist from Perth living in Melbourne with very unique style of painting faces.
Ryan Boserio Instagram
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist from Australia who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media.
Reko Renie Website
SMUG – SmugOne
Smug is an Australian street artist based in Glasgow. He’s one of the most talented street artist i ever met.
Mik Shida is an Australian artist, born in 1990. He is best known for his large scale murals.
sofles is a graffiti and street artist form Brisbane in Australia. His artwork is amazing!
Stormie Mills (born 1969) is a street artist operating out of Perth, Western Australia.
Stormie Mills Website
Vexta is an Australian stencil artist and street artist from Melbourne.
Vans the Omega
vans the omega is a graffiti and street artist from Adelaide with an architectural and symbolic style
Vans the Omega Facebook page
The Zookeeper (ZKPR) is a Brisbane based street artist.
Zookeeper Facebook page
Wonderlust is an artist / street artist from Melbourne- part of the everfresh crew with Maka, Stabs, Phibs, Rone painting his famous aubergine charos and fine fonts …
All images courtesy of the Artists