Adore emerged in early 2017 as a dark horse in the New Zealand street art scene. She picked up a spray can for the first time in 2015 looking for cheap thrills on the low but found an innate talent for producing realistic characters and composing scenes. She has gone on to create custom murals for individuals, local businesses, and international corporations including DB Breweries, McDonald’s, IBM, and Adidas. Through hard work and naturally ability she works with clients to design and produce large scale murals. Perhaps best known for the photo-realistic tigers she has painted around New Zealand in collaboration with Tiger Beer, she shines brightest when painting portraits of people with stories that resonate with her. Adore's goal with each new project is to find paths through art to uplifting others and creating meaningful narratives.
Born, raised and now working in the Manawatu, I am deeply bound to this region and its people. When I create work for someone, I try to absorb their ideas and intentions, working alongside them to bring their ideas into visual reality.
I work in both the digital and the physical, using the mouse, ink, paint, and light on-screen, on skin, and on walls and spaces. I'm skilled in illustration, tattooing, mural/stencil/spray paint work and more traditional artistic medium.
I've a strong interest in working on community based projects, and enjoy mentoring and teaching workshops.
Mr B Baby
Mrbaby is a versatile artist, she creates works of art not only on canvas and paper but also creates dolls, pinatas, and large scale murals. She started off using primarily watercolor and acrylic but decided that she wanted a bigger canvas. As a Latina women, she wanted to do work most did not expect of her. She picked up a spray can and began to teach herself on wood panels in her backyard. She eventually hit the streets and began doing murals for businesses and has been expanding ever since. She has created a variety of murals all over the country and has even expanded beyond that. She hopes that her murals will inspire other young women to believe in yourself and then with that mind state- nothing will ever be to big to conquer.
Mrbbaby uses elements of her Latin heritage as inspiration. She is heavily influenced by her community and upbringing. She uses vibrant colors to uplift her community and collectors. She wants her art to bring happiness and joy while also having stronger messages intertwined open to the viewers interpretation. Originally from Chula Vista, San Diego, she was raised in a predominantly Spanish speaking home with a single mother and her elder sister. Her mothers strong work ethic led her to move to San Francisco and pursue her dream as an artist. Mrbbaby lived and studied art in San Francisco. She then decided it was time for a change and returned to her home town of San Diego. Mrbbaby had a daughter of her own and was determined to lead by example, so she began teaching art fulltime. Although Mrbbaby enjoyed teaching she longed to create. She eventually moved to Los Angeles to try her go at being a fulltime artist, although there were many obstacles and struggles along the way Mrbbaby was persistent and determined in all she did. She is now residing part time in Los Angeles and part time in San Diego trying to succeed in the art world and give her daughter a strong role model. She has now shown in galleries, such as Chimmaya Gallery, Just another Gallery, Chicano Park Gallery, etc. She is also a muralist and has had clients ranging from Random House, San Diego Weekly.
Ms.Yellow (real name Nuria Ortiz) is an international muralist, artist, craftswoman and jewelry maker. Born in Long Beach, Ca of Mexican descent, she has dedicated her life to the creative development and empowerment of community and youth through direct engagement. Her goal has been to utilize her knowledge and help bring people together in using art as a therapeutic release. She has worked closely with schools, community centers, boys and girls clubs etc to develop workshops and mentorship to the youth. As a muralist Ms.Yellow has worked with communities to bring colorful murals with dreamy color schemes and endless detail to the masses. Her works center on themes such as culture, sisterhood, education, unity, love and social justice. Her artwork and murals have been on display in museums, galleries, and streets around the world such as Spain, France, Mexico and Egypt.
RIP - Ish K
Paying respect to our girl Ish K, until we meet again sister!
COMMUNITY ARTS & YOUTH ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
Narisha Cash aka Nish Cash is a self-taught female graffiti artist who is descended from the Jingili and Mudburra clans of Northern Territory. Creating exciting and strong visual pieces in a variety of scales for over 20 years with the spray can, she has a long history involved with graffiti art locally and interstate. Nish has hit the urban environment with much of her work exploring themes of femininity, colour and form, nature (referencing native birds) and culture in an organic and stylistic approach that stands out from many other graffiti styles, but stays passionate about the traditional forms of graffiti lettering.
Nish’s passion for arts and culture has lead her into her current occupation as Community Arts and Youth Engagement Officer for Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute as well as a freelance artist. Her work has seen her involved with indigenous communities, youth, health, and justice organizations in which she has engaged not only young people but communities and organised intergenerational projects.
Much of Nish’s focus is around engaging young people especially at risk or lost in the system, through aerosol art by reconnecting them back to culture through a contemporary art form whilst acknowledging traditional culture, Her dedication, longevity and passion for graffiti/street art has lead her to work in many Aboriginal communities from Renmark to Tennant Creek to Yalata from metro, regional and remote parts of the country to become a mentor and role model for many young people she has worked with. She is proud to share her story and teach young people the value of self-expression through aerosol art.
Through her teachings she has been awarded with the Gladys Elphick Award for Dedicated Services to Youth through Culture and Community Arts and also became a finalist for the Pride of Australia Awards in the Inspiration category in 2015, attending the Australia Council for the Arts Youth Arts Forum in 2016.Not only has Nish lead the way through arts and culture but also coordinated events such as Blak Nite, Survival Day, Ladie Killerz and other events which are focused on culture, the arts and hip hop.
Her latest achievement is becoming the subject of a documentary series for NITV’s Colour Theory show, hosted by Tony Albert. Thrusting her into the spotlight and showcasing her life and talent which has lead her on her pathway, she is one of four Indigenous Street artist’s profiled for the series. She was also the first artist to feature on Channel 10’s The Project, Women to Watch.
See below for some examples of her work.
Samu is a Portuguese spray paint artist with a graphic design and fine art background, currently living and working in London. Samu's play with calligraphy is inspired by traditional sign painting, medieval illuminated manuscripts' letters and contemporary advertising. By painting uplifting or thought-inducing words or slogans, the artist hopes to use art to inspire happiness, gratefulness and reflection.
Having recently finished a masters degree in Arts and Learning, Samu deeply believes in art’s power to help build stronger communities by helping us rethink and reimagine the way we live together. Through her murals - which can be said to have an unashamedly feminine style - she hopes to inspire other women and young people to not only express themselves productively and creatively but also to stay true to themselves, persevere and always work hard towards their dreams.
Ms Snaps is a Darwin based urban artist who specialises in graffiti, murals and typography fonts. Her enthusiasm for street art grew from her passion and love for photography and the outdoors. This came about when she met her partner, a Graffiti Artist from London. Her styles are heavily influenced by his London background and made to pop with her love of bright colours. She has a strong connection with her community and has spent many years working with children and youth through her career running a child care centre for school age children and in her current role as a Community Engagement Coordinator at her local library. She is passionate about supporting her communities young people. Miss Snaps finds herself pushing her creativity in a city with new and unlimited potential, with the intention of spreading that creativity nationally and internationally.