Perth’s hip inner suburbs have been undergoing a transformation over the past few years.
But it’s not just the small bars, cafés and restaurants that have popped up that have made areas like Mount Lawley, Highgate and Leederville such great places to go out.
Increasingly, alongside the trendy venues — on walls once neglected and covered in graffiti — you’ll find street art.
These are not tags. This is real art. And real artists are behind it. They are often really stunning pieces and they’re very popular additions to the streetscape.
Street art is absolutely thriving in Perth. Local artist Martin E. Wills, who has painted several large artworks around Perth, said the eye-catching artworks transforming our city are part of a global trend.
“Communities are recognising that street art can enrich their neighbourhoods,” he said.
“I think we've really woken up to the fact that there are really talented people here, and it makes sense to engage them to help make our neighbourhoods more interesting.”
Martin said the artists themselves get a thrill out of knowing that - unlike work hung in galleries - people encounter their artwork randomly.
“It can surprise people and elicit a genuine reaction that isn’t tempered by being in that quiet white gallery box,” he said.
“I think that’s what makes it so fun to create work in the street.
“It’s fun to think your work might be rattling around in the subconscious of people you’ll never meet.”
Martin is just one of many artists whose work you might recognise. He has murals on walls on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley (including on the once drab walls of the Highgate Drycleaners), and in North Perth and Subiaco. Check out his portfolio here.
Stormie Mills is a seasoned veteran of the street art profession. If you’ve ever been to a Milkd café you’ll have seen his work. He has pieces on the corner of Wellington Street and Prince Lane in the city, as well as the Wilson’s car park in Murray Street. (You’ll also find works by several other artists in that car park.)
The distinctive work of Anya Brock has been popping up all over Perth, too. You can see it in the Wolf Lane undercover car park (behind the new MiuMiu store).
Again, there are a lot of works in this area, by various artists, including the popular Amok Island. Amok Island is responsible for the giant squid you might have seen in Fremantle.
Recently, Psaros commissioned Kyle Hughes-Odgers to create a huge mural in Leederville, which can be seen from the Mitchell Freeway. It has had a great reaction from local community and from commuters.
Kyle’s work can also be seen all over Perth. He has works in Globe Lane at 140 William Street; Hay Street in the city; as well as Mount Lawley, Claremont and Subiaco. Check out Kyle’s website.
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