"Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don't like to use the word 'art' at all" - Banksy (for a bunch of Banksy images go here and here and here)
Buskers are always out in force in the City this time of the year, taking full advantage of the massive Christmas shopping crowds meandering along the Queen Street Mall with their pockets filled with spending money. Musical busking far outweighs other forms of busking, so I found it refreshing to come across an art busker recently. An aerosol art busker at that! Surprising as I usually associate aerosol art with something as being done very quietly and very quickly and certainly not in the view of the public.
It was truly a fascinating process to watch and very different to other forms of aerosol art that I’ve seen.
Here's the completed piece, which was available to purchase. This photo doesn’t do the artwork justice. It was an intricate, vibrant and striking piece. I didn't buy it but happily contributed some cash to the bowl.
While on the subject of aerosol art, this is the entrance to the Jugglers Art Space courtyard area. Jugglers Art Space have been huge advocates for the ‘street art scene’ here in Brisbane for many years now and most aerosol artists will no doubt be familiar with the gallery and the various programs they run. One of Juggler’s regular and ongoing programs provides artists practicing in the aerosol arts access to their large open air art space to hone their skills, with assistance also given to produce large scale artworks.
The above photo is from the Jugglers Art Space website. The open air art space was closed on the day I visited. It’s advertised as being accessible four days a week, Wednesday through to Saturday (just not on the particular Wednesday that I happened to visit) and is open to all artists of all skill levels. Aerosol based paint can also be purchased on-site. That's if you're over 18 years of age. Which is the law in Qld.