‘Streets x Portraiture’ is a passion project fifteen months in the making by Sydney based artist Matt Bourne. Matt’s passion for street culture has been merged with a love of portraiture, bringing to life several large-scale portraits that showcase some of Australia’s most prolific, respected and well-loved street and graffiti artists at different stages of their artistic careers.
Every so often in life, a little shake-up is in order. The shoe needs to go on the other foot; the tables need to be turned…
Be at aMBUSH Gallery on Thursday 20 July, when selected artists are revealed as the subjects – rather than the creators – of artworks, at the opening of ‘Streets x Portraiture’, a brilliant new solo exhibition from Sydney-based artist Matt Bourne.
Curated and produced by Matt Bourne, and presented by aMBUSH Gallery (with support from Ironlak , Akasha Brewing Company, and AU Creative), ‘Streets x Portraiture’ is a passion project fifteen months in the making. Matt’s passion for street culture has been merged with a love of portraiture, bringing to life several large-scale portraits that showcase some of Australia’s most prolific, respected and well-loved street and graffiti artists at different stages of their artistic careers.
Influenced by pop art masters Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Australian heavyweight Ben Frost, Matt’s unique colour palette and attention to detail produce bold, striking work, with subjects including Australian legends Mike Watt, James Jirat Patradoon, and Cherie Buttons, to name a few. Alongside his paintings, Matt has included what he calls ‘graffiti landscapes’, which combine graffiti typography and font, and use everyday vehicles as a canvas.
In addition, Matt has teamed up with Cata Trechswjakow (founder of Cata Films) to produce exclusive interviews with all the featured artists. This clever mix of original art and film provides the audience with a fascinating insight into street culture, and the trials and tribulations of being an artist at the top of their game.
Also on display will be one of a kind pieces, live art, photography, and merchandise, with 10% of all revenue from the show to be donated to the Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia.
Opening night for ‘Streets x Portraiture’ is Thursday, 20 July from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Gallery, 4 A James Street, Waterloo, after which the exhibition will be open daily and free of charge to the public from Friday, 21 July to Sunday 23 July, from 12-4pm.
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