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23
May

Wall to Wall Festival 2017

After returning to Benalla for the third annual Wall to Wall Festival, the usually sleepy town once again came to life to celebrate Victoria’s increasingly popular street art festival. This year’s festival drew record crowds and attracted many travellers and tourists alike from all around Victoria to view the high-end contemporary street art.

The colourful street art festival hosted an assortment of nationally and internationally renowned artists along with the local paint and chalk artists, who came together to brighten up the streets of Benalla. It was truly spectacular to see such high-quality artworks densely populating such a small area of space, transforming the cute town into a regional cousin of Fitzroy or Collingwood.

To add to the artistic display, there were also a number of attractions that added to the incredible atmosphere of the charming town, from the fun-loving ‘paint by numbers’ mural which involved dozens of young children who also wanted to join in on the painting action, a skate demo and workshops from the Fast Times and Element skate team on the newly painted Benalla skate park, as well as the Dj’s and bands that set a festival like buzz through the town’s hub.

This year’s guests were also invited to view ‘Born on the Street’-  a selection of work from two of Australia’s most important art collectors, Sandra Powell and Andrew King.  The curation saw a collection of personal art pieces painted by leading Australian artists- Adnate and Rone, which have been accumulated over the years. The group also hosted a panel-like discussion with the artists and their artworks, which allowed guests a rare insight into the profound minds of the artists and collectors.

It’s safe to say the Wall to Wall Festival is rapidly building momentum, making it one of Australias most successful street art festival and highly anticipated event to look out for in the future. The prospect of the 2018 festival is already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.

Thanks to Ed Whitfield for the video, and Nicole Reed for the photo content.

06
Dec

Fitzroy Faces Featuring – Adnate, Rone, Sofles, Heesco, Cam Scale, Dvate and Jason Parker

JuddyRoller partnered with Council in sourcing seven leading Australian and world renowned Artists – Rone, Adnate, Sofles, Dvate, Heesco, Cam Scale and Jason Parker. Each artist was given artistic licence to paint a dedicated section of the wall, to create Yarra’s largest mural, the only limitation being that their artworks be portrait based and reflect the ‘Faces of the Community’.

photos by @p1xels

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06
Dec
11
Apr

Steve Cross – The Black Ocean

We are honoured to be hosting Steve Cross’ first Melbourne solo exhibition, The Black Ocean at Juddy Roller. We have the greatest respect for Steve, both as an artists and as a friend. He’s a very gifted, very humble man. One of Australia’s foremost tattooers, and respected for his deep roots in traditional graffiti culture, Steve has been practicing graffiti  for over 20 years. We are very excited to see him bring his new collection of aerosol and oil paintings to Fitzroy this Friday for the first Juddy Roller show of the year.

Opening 6pm this Friday 15th of April,  at Juddy Roller Gallery.

An artist in her own right, this collection of interment photographs of Steve, working tirelessly on the creation of  The Black Ocean, were taken by P1xels

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01
Apr

Melbourne Grand Prix

Such a rad project! Thanks to all the people involved that made this one happen. While we were in Benalla for Wall to Wall the rest of team were down here owning the F1. Big ups!

“Melbourne’s internationally famed lane way culture was in full swing in the all-new M-Lane precinct. M-Lane was created to  showcasing Melbourne’s  best street artists, local chefs, food trucks and music.

Juddy Roller curated 15 artists to create murals that were painted onto 15  5x5m shipping container installations. This was one of Juddy Roller’s most logistically challenging projects and it was a huge success, with Juddy Roller’s curated selection of street artists dominating social the new M-Lane precinct.”

Thanks so much to P1xels for capturing the process so well. Your such a gun!

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08
Mar

Cam Scale x Senekt

Cam Scale and Senekt have been working on something big down Collingwood way. If your heading along Johnston St you can’t miss it. Nice to see such a large scale collaboration happening just around the corner from Juddy. So many awesome projects going on in Melbourne at the moment.  I guess summer is over so no time to waste! Photos, as always, are by the talented @P1xels.

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08
Feb

Sofles X Ternary Melbourne

It’s always a pleasure when a client calls with a brand new, pre fab wall and a really easy going brief, which is exactly what happened here on this epic new project for The Ternary, Richmond.

With the wall being over 40 meters long and 3 meters high, we knew it was time to call in the big guns. Enter Ironlak heavyweight, Sofles.

Completing the wall in just over 6 days, left to right and top to bottom, armed with nothing but an electronic scissor lift, no shortage of Ironlak spray cans and the will to create another Melbourne masterpiece, Sofles has again gone on to show why he’s one of the worlds most sought after street artists.

As always, our impressive photos were taken by the talented Melbourne based photographer @p1xels

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30
Jan

Guido Van Helten Live Paint at Docklands

While most of us where in the back yard listening to JJJ’s hottest 100 and firing up the BBQ, Guido Van Helton was at Docklands for their annual Australia Day Festival. This mural was completed over about 8 hours which shows just how skilled Guido Van Helten really is. The mural embodies the multicultural nature of Australia, represented in the form of  an Aboriginal child in the middle and a Syrian boy on the right. Guido was aiming to complete another portrait on the left featuring a Chinese child but as it happens he ran out of time.

Coming off the back of the Brim Silo project, it was great to have Guido back in Victoria again to show his skills and flair for capturing the essence of a person through his thought provoking portrait style.

Thanks to @P1xels for the photos – you can find more great photos by P1xels here – https://www.instagram.com/p1xels/

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19
Nov

Sofles paints new canvas at Juddy Roller

It’s always an absolute pleasure to host Sofles while he’s in town creating work and painting murals like a mad man. It’s also a rare moment that he slows down enough to paint works on canvas.

This particular piece is a break away from his recent canvas work in which he uses solid colour and bold lines to create detailed work reminiscent of the intricate drawings hidden away in his sketch book.

This canvas is a more rendered style that hints at realism while still maintaining it’s stylised form and exaggerated features.

Rumours abound about a solo show some time in the future. Let’s hope this goes from rumour to reality as Sofles is arguably one the most important artists on the Australian, and international street art and graffiti scene.

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12
Nov

Adnate paints new mural installation for Strawberry Fields – Part 1

Adnate has not only been an amazing beacon for the Melbourne street art and graffiti scene for over a decade, he’s also been a massive influence and supporter of Juddy Roller from the get go. He’s one of the most humble and talented artists we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. It’s been an honour to watch his work go from strength to strength over the last few years. Wether it’s an 11 story mural in Johannesburg, South Africa, or another sold out exhibition at Metro Gallery in his home town of Melbourne, he is constantly pushing himself to create emotive new works that test his skills and abilities.

The work below is a new installation for Strawberry Fields Festival. We are really impressed with the generosity of the event organisers. Not only have they shown their support for the arts by commissioning such a large scale piece for the event, they are also going above and beyond the call of duty by donating the work to a local school once the event has come to an end.

The images below show the first half of the installation. Stayed tuned to see the other half come to life over the next few days!

 

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