Where in the world is HaHa? Dabs and Mylar have returned to Melbourne after several years abroad. Melbourne street artists are travelling the world. Street art is the most extensively travelled art movement of all times. It is one of the necessities of working on the streets means finding news cities and places to exhibit.
Many street artists from other countries have visited and left their mark on Melbourne’s streets. Looking through my collection of photos of Melbourne street art I have many examples of these international artists. I have listed the visiting along with their country of origin and year/s that they visited Melbourne. Most visited in conjunction with an exhibitions as and I have noted if they also participated in major festivals or events.
A1one (Iran, 2008, Melbourne Stencil Festival)
Aerosol Arabic (Britain, 2008, Melbourne Festival)
Above (USA, 2011 & 2012)
Banksy (Britain, 2003, a covert visit, see my post)
Blek Le Rat (France, multiple visits)
Choq (France, 2012-13)
Celso Gitahy (Brazil, 2008 & 2009, see my post)
Keith Haring (USA 1984, see my post)
Nash (Netherlands, 2012, Project Melbourne Underground see my post)
Sydner (USA, 2012, private initiative see my post)
Peat Wollaeger (USA, 2008, Melbourne Stencil Festival).
This is not at all a complete list of artists who have visited Melbourne. Nor does it include foreign street artist who have made Melbourne their home.
I am not writing about these international artists out of a cultural cringe away from local artists. Australian culture has long had a belief in a superior foreign culture – be it French, British or American. I am writing about these artists to demonstrate that street art is a global style. Images of street art are so easily transmitted around the world by the internet and travel is also easy. So many notable street artists have become international nomads. And it is one of the strengths of the art.
Which, if any, visiting artist do you think has been the most influential on Melbourne’s street art?