Melbourne: City Centre “Street Art” Photo Story No. 9 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL Created in 1986. The central panel is a mosaic, with the decorative upper frieze being painted and the lower border being painted with low-relief outlines – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 – featuring me in this photo NB All images are subject to copyright laws.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 9 – MIRKA MORA

Mirka Mora was born in 1928 – a prominent French-born Australian visual artist who has contributed notably to the development of Contemporary Art in Australia.  She is a noted colourist and symbolist with works that include painting, sculpture and mosaics.

 

MIRKA MORA’S YOUTUBE – At Heide Museum of Modern Art

To view a beautiful interview with Mirka Mora please click the following link:  Mirka Mora ABC Interview in her Art Studio – Richmond

 

Mirka Mora’s Flinders Street Station Mural is a Melbourne icon and was created in 1986 and is situated on the inside wall at the Yarra river end of Flinders Street Railway Station, next to Clocks Restaurant.  The mural is made up of three different heights that form a total surface of about thirty-six square meters being – (1) a painted decorative upper frieze, (2) with the middle panel being mosaic work, and (3) the lower border being painted with low-relief outlines. This  wonderful mural features images of animals, humans, strangers and angels in a garden which is full of bright colours.   In order to be able to achieve such a massive mosaic mural, Mirka Mora enlisted the assistance of Nicola McGann (Culture Victoria. 2012).

The Flinders Street Railway Station Mural was a commission work that Mirka Mora had successfully won in a competition with six other Melbourne artists (Academia Ed. 2015).  In Village Well July 2006 ‘Places for Community Wellbeing’ it talks about how a community can build public spaces in order to promote health and wellbeing.  It discusses how place making can assist in enhancing social connection and inclusion.  In 2006 VicHealth commissioned the development of a scoping paper focusing on existing arts practice designed to develop railway stations as community hubs.  By introducing works such as Mirka Mora’s Flinders Street Station Mural, it is hoped that it will help make railways stations ‘become places that are inclusive, safe, facilitate social inclusion and cohesion and contribute to the development of strong communities’ (Train Station Community Wellbeing PDF by Village Well – July 2006).  Mirka Mora’s Mural is a playful, joyful and captivating work of art that offer great interest within Flinders Street Railway station and ensures that daily commuters can enjoy this wonderful artist work, each and every day – art for therapy at its best I feel…

 

LOOKING AT THE MIRKA MORA’S MURAL SURROUNDINGS – Flinders Street Railway Station – Melbourne Australia

 

 

FIRST TIER – PAINTED DECORATIVE UPPER FRIEZE OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL

 

 

SECOND TIER – CENTRAL MOSAIC PANEL OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL 

  • Mirka Mora images of animals, humans, strangers and angels in a garden which is full of bright colours that bring a sense of joy to Flinders Street Railway Station…
MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – with bike Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws

MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – with bike Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 NB All images are subject to copyright laws

 

 

  • Mirka Mora mosaic work close up!

 

 

 

THIRD TIER – PAINTED LOW-RELIEF OUTLINES ON LOWER BORDER OF THE MIRKA MORA MURAL

 

 

STREET ARTIST – MIRKA MORA SLIDE-SHOW

  • No. 9 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: City Centre “Street Art by MIRKA MORA ” photographed by Karen Robinson April 2015 – Flinders Street Railway Station

 

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MY COMMENTS

This particular street art work of MIRKA MORA’S Flinders Street Railway Station Mural is just amazing!  Literally thousands and thousands of tiny mosaics worked onto a massive area. Wonderful bright and vibrant colours help form so many little picture stories throughout the whole mural.  I couldn’t help but touch the work itself!  I very much enjoyed viewing Mirka Mora’s work and to think we can just walk out of the railway station and be welcomed by such a delightful art engagement … helps wash away the day’s stresses …

 

No. 6 of 70 images of MIRKA MORA'S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 - Karen looking at Mirka Mora's amazing mosaic art work

No. 6 of 70 images of MIRKA MORA’S FLINDERS ST STATION MURAL – Melbourne Australia Photographed by Karen Robinson 18th April 2015 – Karen looking at Mirka Mora’s amazing mosaic art work

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the Street Art featured in Melbourne’s City Centre – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art” Photo Story No. 8 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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Photo No. 6 of 21 'KAFF-EINE' Street Artist Work - Melbourne Street Art in Fitzroy at Smith Reserve on Alexander Parade - Just one of the amazing wondrous creatures along the walls leading into the children's playground and park - Photographed by Karen Robinson.JPG

Photo No. 6 of 21 ‘KAFF-EINE’ Street Artist Work – Melbourne Street Art in Fitzroy at Smith Reserve on Alexander Parade – Just one of the amazing wondrous creatures along the walls leading into the children’s playground and park – Photographed by Karen Robinson.JPG

 

INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 8 – KAFF-EINE

Just recently, I discovered a number of amazing street art works within the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Fitzroy features many well-known, talented street artists and KAFF-EINE is another very good example of street art that can be found in this suburb.  The inclusion of so many street art works within this historical area, adds further interest and distinctive additional character. It gives local residents and visitors alike, the benefit of being able to view art work, both large and small, in these wonderful free ‘open galleries’ for all people, any time of the day or night.  Perhaps…it’s art therapy for the whole community?!…

 

 

KAFF-EINE’S STORY

“Kaff-eine is an established street + contemporary artist within Melbourne’s globally-celebrated street art scene. Since 2010 she has garnered a strong following among Australian and international street art lovers + art collectors, who are drawn to her illustrative freehand style, delicate linework, + quiet melancholic characters. She has been invited to paint her artwork, created with aerosol, acrylic paint + pigment ink, on public + private walls across Australia, Germany, France + the Philippines, in galleries, businesses, homes, and on the streets. Kaff-eine has also illustrated two successful children’s books (The Promise + Vera), + has exhibited in solo + group exhibitions throughout Australia” (Kaff-eine. 2015).

 

 

MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND KAFF-EINE STREET ART YOUTUBE

 

 

STREET ARTIST – KAFF-EINE

  • No. 8 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by KAFF-EINE ” photographed by Karen Robinson March 2015

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MY COMMENTS

This particular street art work of KAFF-EINE is a delightful display of magical creaturesThey line the entrance to Smith Reserve, a children’s playground area and park for the local Fitzroy community.  Behind the wall of these creatives is a line of Australian Native Gum trees which helps to ‘green’ this inner city suburb, also helping to make this area a wonderful retreat away from the hustle and busy city living.  My favourite is the Kangaroo like creative, asleep under the Australian Native Gum trees.  It is not hard to imagine that children would find these images engaging as they lead them towards the entrance of their playground.  KAFF-EINE‘s street art situated along these walls, has very successfully turned this area into a place of purpose and adventure.  Her wall of mystical creatures act as a wonderful invitation to locals to come and enjoy ‘Smith Reserve’, come and take some time out and play…

 

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the Street Art featured in the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

New Membership – Regional Arts Victoria ‘Just become a member!’ by Karen Robinson

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I have just become a member of Regional Arts Victoria.  They “inspire art across the state of Victoria through creative facilitation, touring, education, specialised resources, artistic projects and advocacy.  They develop and sustain creative communities and artistic practice” all over Victoria, Australia (Regional Arts Victoria 2015).

Regional Arts Victoria are an “independent, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation working in long-term partnerships with every level of government, fostering contemporary and innovative regional cultural practice across five decades.  They advise and impact on decision-making across multiple portfolios and levels of government.  The organisation is the peak body for regional artists and arts organisations, and the leading organisation for regional creative practice in Victoria, Australia” (Regional Arts Victoria 2015).

This is exciting for me and I am hoping that I will have lots to share through my blogging as I become more familiar with this organisation.

 

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Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art” Photo Stories Nos. 5, 6 and 7 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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INTRODUCTION

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

 

ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORIES NOS. 5,6 AND 7

Just recently, I discovered a number of amazing street art works within the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Fitzroy features many well-known, talented street artists and below are some very good examples of said.  The inclusion of so many street art works within this historical area, adds further interest and distinctive additional character. It gives local residents and visitors alike, the benefit of being able to view art work, both large and small, in these wonderful free ‘open galleries’ for all people, any time of the day or night.  Perhaps…it’s art therapy for the whole community?!…

 

STREET ARTIST – AWOL CREW

  • No. 5 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by AWOL CREW” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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MY COMMENTS

AWOL Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Corner Fitzroy and Johnston Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2 2015 Copyright Protected.J.JPG

AWOL Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Corner Fitzroy and Johnston Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2 2015 Copyright Protected.J.JPG

This particular street art work of the AWOL CREW makes a huge statement on the wall of this building situated in Fitzroy.  It’s image, its artistic voice, seems to tower up into the blue skyline above. I have managed to capture an individual walking along the pathway which helps establish the sizing of AWOL Crews street art work, when viewing this image as a photo.  As you drive along Johnston Street, a very busy main street leading in the direction of the city of Melbourne, you cannot miss seeing it.  The colours are well-considered – beautiful deep earthy reds, golden oranges and browns are very native Australian outback colours.  It’s the eyes of the Australian Aboriginal featured within the street art work, that is the most captivating part of the work for me and probably cannot be realised unless you are standing right there in front of it to view.  I loved this street art work and is a stand out for me within the Fitzroy area.

NB:  Below is a YouTube Video of AWOL CREW at work producing an incredible artistic production at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne – Australia.

 

STREET ARTIST – AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ

  • No. 6 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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AKOS JUHASZ Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Gore & Johnstone Streets Photographed Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

AKOS JUHASZ Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Gore & Johnstone Streets Photographed Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

Once again, whilst driving down Johnstone Street in Fitzroy, I discovered this amazing street art work – it is impossible not to notice this incredible work by AKOS ATTILA JUHASZ.  There is so much to see as it sprawls along the entire length of this building.  Luscious red and gold hair streams along the side of the building, almost as if caressing it.  The female form featured, stares back with sultry eyes and pouting lips.  It can be viewed from across the small street of Gore where you can sit in the sun and sip a cappuccino or cafe latte on a lazy Sunday morning at one of Fitzroy’s cafes.  There are lots of small detailing, rich and vibrant colours within the artwork itself.  You cannot pass by and not stop and admire one of Fitzroy’s best street art works.

 

STREET ARTIST – DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE

  • No. 7 Photo Gallery – Melbourne: Fitzroy “Street Art by DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE” photographed by Karen Robinson Feb 2015

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MEGGS Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Westgarth and Brunswick Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

MEGGS Melbourne Street Art Fitzroy Cnr Westgarth and Brunswick Streets Photographed by Karen Robinson Photo-taker 21.2.15 Copyright Protected.JPG

This dramatic street art work of a magpie – an Australian native bird in flight with a red rose in its beak, is another wonderful street art work by DAVID ‘MEGGS’ HOOKE.  Once again positioned on a building where it is hard not to notice it and clearly dominates the building with the expansion of the magpie’s wings. Just in this street of Westgarth there are numerous other street art work examples, but I found this particular one to be the most engaging.

 

CONCLUSION

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the Street Art featured in the suburb of Fitzroy, Melbourne – Australia.  Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Melbourne: Fitzroy North “Street Art” Photo Stories No. 4 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

While you are here – please check out my home page!

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured, and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to take you to my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

Melbourne:  Fitzroy North – “Street Art” Photo Story No. 4 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

STREET ARTISTS – HERAKUT

When I first stumbled onto this incredible mural, I firstly thought to myself what an amazing corner building shape this mural has been created on.  It’s located at 639 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North and is one of Melbourne’s oldest suburbs.

The mural its self has been produced by an internationally renowned Street Art Germany based duo Herakut comprising of artist Jasmin Siddiqui, or “Hera” and Falk Lehman, “Akut”.  Most of their works are commissioned and can be found both in and outside of galleries.  Whilst they were in Australia in 2013, they painted this mural called ‘Running away with the monkeys‘ which forms the ninth page in their “Great Story Book Project”.  The project chronicles are a new children’s book they started in September 2012 and have been introducing their storybook characters with each mural accomplished around the world which is just extraordinary. To view a map of where these murals are and to view an image of said, please click here!

The texted in Herakut’s mural below reads “So she dreamt of running away with the monkeys.  The most curious just tended to be the most… courageous”.

Melbourne:  Fitzroy North – “Herakut Street Art” Photo Story No. 4 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

I found the back story about this duo Herakut amazing!  As my understanding and appreciation for Street Art grows I am left wondering how will it look in say 50 to 100 years time. Although I will not be here to see – it is interesting to ponder about how Street Art, the people’s art will be valued as time progresses…

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Street Art, please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artist and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Melbourne: Thornbury “Street Art” Photo Stories No. 3 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!

During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured, and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to take you to my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

Melbourne:  Thornbury – “Street Art” Photo Story No. 3 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

STREET ARTIST – LIN VAN HEK

I found this Artist’s work Lin Van Hek on the front of Poet House Studio Gallery, 736 High Street, Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia.  On researching this artist, I came across an incredible story. On the 3rd May 2013 Lin Van Hek opened an exhibition at her Poet House Studio Gallery.  It was called “Lost Women of Melbourne Exhibition” and was about unsolved murders and missing women of Melbourne. Formerly – this Studio Gallery was a bookshop once owned by a women named Maria James and in 1980 was murdered at this location.  Maria James had been stabbed 68 times and her violent assailant has never been caught.

The Artist’s work on the outside of her building, I am sorry I cannot shed any further light on its meaning.  Although if you look at Lin Van Hek Gallery you will find that some her art work features similar portrait styling.  Also you will also find curious animals and birds.

For me, this street art had a warm and inviting message.  The faces, being as large are a person on the wall, really made them stand out from the shop front wall and very visible as you drive along the street its self.  The inclusion of the cats and the rabbit is playful and cute.  I love the colour choices and especially the blues…

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Street Art, please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artist and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Melbourne: Thornbury “Street Art” Photo Stories No. 2 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’  I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured, and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to take you to my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

Melbourne:  Thornbury – “Street Art” Photo Story No. 2 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

STREET ARTIST – TOM CIVIL

I came across this Street Artist’s work on the corner of High Street and Raleigh Street, Thornbury, Melbourne, Australia.  This delightful and playful mural has been created by one of Australia’s leading Street Artists – ‘Tom Civil’ painted in 2014 and is called “The Wanderers”.  The mural occupies the entire brick wall, top to bottom and right along the street side of the period style building.  The building its self is occupied by a business called Crisalida who specialise in child, adolescent, adult and family therapy.  I noticed on their signage attached to the building wall, that they also offer art therapy as well as other support services.  This gives some insight as to why this particular Street Artist and Street Art subject matter has been so beautifully presented here on this wall.

When I came across this stretch of Street Art, it struck me as being playful, friendly and with little treasures to be discovered, as I took the time to look over.  It is very Australian in its content.  Whilst viewing the mural, I found these curious little ‘Stick Folk’ playfully inhibiting the Australian bush scene and they are a signature inclusion in most of ‘Tom Civil’ works.  The delicate displaying of red flowers on the Australian eucalyptus river gum trees, brought back childhood memories of good times I spent with my brother and sister playing in the bush.  The Wanderer Butterfly is featured strongly throughout the mural and are known to be ‘people friendly’; meaning they are not afraid of humans. They are native to all areas of Australia and a great choice for this particular mural.  How cleaver of this Street Artist with these depictions, at this particular location.

 

The Street Art work its self, for me, reflected a sense of delightfulness and warmth; and gives the viewer, a visual invitation to participant in this magical Australian bush world.  I can image children enjoying his mural and it certainly brought the child out in me…l loved this mural of ‘Tom Civil’

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Street Artist’s work, please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artist and add value to the conversation…Karen

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson

Melbourne: Northcote “Street Art” Photo Stories No. 1 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

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During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Photo Story weblogs’ I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art.  Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference.  I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured, and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to take you to my web page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…

Melbourne:  Northcote – “Street Art” Photo Stories No. 1 – Photographed by Karen Robinson

STREET ARTIST – AS TAGGED BELOW

I came across this Street Artist’s work on the corner of High Street and Mitchell Street, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia.  It is set on the side of a shop building which has a long side wall, ideal for such art work.  The positioning of the Street Art work is well placed, just behind a transparent bus shelter, within a side street leading to Santa Maria College and public/disabled toilets; and just down from a frequented coffee shop.  Lots of Northcote’s community members would regular use this travel route which ensures this Street Artist’s work gains lots of exposure.

The Street Art work its self, for me, was striking as it grabbed my attention as I was travelling along High Street in my car.  On taking a closer look when photographing, I found the inclusion of the different animals and the bird delightful, especially the upside-down zebra.  The expanse of the bird’s wings and clawed feet, approaching a landing or ready to grasp its prey, was well-defined. I particularly loved the colour choices of this Street Artist – beautiful blue/green colour against the blacks and greys.  I am sure that this Street Artists work has added to this community’s street scape in a very positive way and given them something to gaze upon and wonder…

I hope you enjoyed viewing this Street Artist’s work, please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artist and add value to the conversation…Karen

Whilst you are here – please check out my home page!  My Art Therapy JourneyA window into the soul of an Abstract Artist through art therapy and storytellingby Karen Robinson