A Melbourne-based artist with an international practice, Adnate uses cans to bring to life larger than life portraits that wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery – in fact, he’s represented by two galleries, in Sydney and Melbourne. Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of Renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture in such a way it elevates the art form of street art to something that captivates. Largely self-taught, he has honed his skills on the job.
Some of Adnate’s more recent portrait subjects have included 2014 Australian of the Year and former footballer, Adam Goodes, and Redfern Tent Embassy founder and Indigenous leader, Jenny Munro. His series of Indigenous portraits of recent years have been developed through consultations and connections with community, and working closely with a cultural advisor, who has deepened his understanding of the strong and spiritual culture of the communities he works within.
“…(street art) is a very powerful medium and a very powerful tool to communicate with communities and people around you.”
Past Present Future (corner of Darling and Talbragar Streets)