In February 2014, Toowoomba Regional Council and GraffitiSTOP, in partnership with Toowoomba Youth Service and Kontraband Studios presented a street art festival - First Coat.
Over three days, First Coat consisted of multiple large scale murals being painted by world class and local artists. 16 different sites across Toowoomba were completed across the three days.
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|Distance||2.5 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||One Way
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Hailing from Brisbane, Sofles jokes that his tag sounds like a box of tissues or something from a hallmark card. He began painting graffiti in 2000 after a few artists in his class invited him on a mission. A few pieces later Sofles wanted to get better as fast as he could. He began experimenting with 3D's however a more traditional style was developed and then improved upon. As he mastered his craft Sofles gained the reputation of "Special Effects Wizard" a reference to his uncanny ability to take a standard painting and take it to the next level. Today Sofles continues to produce great work with his amazing graffiti talent and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Mr Wany (Italy)
Mr Wany was born in Brindisi, Italy in 1978. In a career spanning 20 years and hundreds of murals he has worked on projects for Casio G-Shock, Nike, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Timberland, volkswagen, MTv, Avis, Reebok, Ecko. In 2005 his fame exploded abroad and he was invited to numerous events and exhibitions in England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Greece, Bosnia, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Ecuador, Malaysia, Russia and the USA.
theGrid: Hybrid Arts Collective
Kirsty Lee (Movement) and Alison Mooney (Artist)
Conceptual collaborators and founding directors of Toowoomba's theGRID: hybrid arts collective, visual artist Alison Mooney and movement artist Kirsty Lee share a muse in life's grittier elements: the unspoken, the unattractive, the unheard, the undone ... the unexpected, the disallowed. Their mural for Firstcoat is a responsive piece. A mixed media visual artist, Mooney will respond to Lee's visual, aural and movement-based inspirations in the creation of their conceptual collaboration. Firstcoat will platform the talents of local creatives who in turn, inspire the duo with their own practice. From Lee's movement protégés through to local musicians, performers and Mooney's fellow, local artists, Firstcoat will feature live performances as the pair bring their mural to the wall.
Born in Lismore, Fintan Magee moved to Brisbane as a child and began drawing shortly after. In his teens he was exposed to Brisbane's graffiti culture. Moving away from traditional graffiti in recent years his guerilla murals often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city. Mixing surreal and figurative imagery, his paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss and transition and contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children's books. He has exhibited throughout Australia and has been selected as a finalist for the Prometheus, Churchie and Lethbridge art prizes and received the people's choice at the Cliftons art prize.
A prominent figure in Australia's contemporary mural movement Magee has completed large-scale projects in Los Angeles, Vienna, Jakarta, London, Dublin, Oslo, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In 2012 after a four week residency at ISAD studios in Jakarta he was invited to collaborate on a large-scale installation with Indonesian collective Ruangrupa. In 2013 he was invited to participate in the Jakarta Biennale of Contemporary Art. His diligence, technical skill and progressive approach to street art make him one of Australia's must watch young emerging artists.
A Brisbane based graffiti style artist with 20+ year's experience. Works include both walls and canvas, purist and corporate.
Originally from Sydney, Yesma grew up riding the trains in Sydney and from an early age was awe struck by the coloured creativity he saw every time he caught a train, curious about how they did it, and when they did it. Eventually he would try it himself, and soon found himself becoming addicted to this creative outlet, he would paint constantly on any surface he could find. Eventually he would move to Brisbane to chase a change of scenery, better weather, and start on his next passion Ironlak, not content with sharing his graffiti, he wanted to give writers the tools to help them better share their graffiti with the world.
Claire Matthews would like to draw your face. Especially if you have a beard. If you don't have a beard, you may end up with one when she's done with you. An Englishwoman living on the Sunshine Coast, Claire stays up too late drawing portraits and has had work featured by companies including Volcom and Tracks Magazine.
She draws with a Bic biro to action movies with a bubble tea on hand and embraces the potential for irreversible flaws and mistakes in her chosen medium as a reflection of her will to embrace flaws in herself. Claire is an avid supporter of all forms of facial hair except flavour savers.
Alice Weinthal is a Toowoomba-based artist and art teacher, whose work generally revolves around self portraiture.
Armz artwork can be found in Mark Lane, just off Margaret Street, Toowoomba.
Wubik "Born in 1968 BOC crew Turin Italy I have been painting since 1994. I have participated in many events including meetings of style in Zurich, Venice, France and many wiesbaden jam throughout Italy, knowing all the major exponents of this culture. Travelling around the world and painting is my passion. I have painted in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, the Havana, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, always finding great people. The writing binds people. Graffiti saved my life."
Twolaks' work is a play with the transition between the second and third dimensional planes and the way the eye perceives these worlds. Colour, composition and form construction take the viewer to physically and mentally explore a language that does not appear terrestrial or of this time.
The work is a coded language. The language is traditional in its linguistic sense yet abstract in its indirect nature. It is visual and directs the eyes through space to search for meaning. The linguistic has meaning yet what becomes of the linguistic when the symbols are unknown.
Reals has been writing for approximately 20 years. "Since a young age I started noticing pieces on the train lines and around the city and have adapted to a graffiti lifestyle ever since. Growing over the years by sketching ideas leading into an assortment of pieces across Brisbane/Sydney and some in Melbourne. My practice ranges from painting in the shadows all night, dark tunnels, abandoned factories and train lines to painting all day in the scorching heat, hosting workshops with teens, group exhibitions and being blessed by Ironlak. While there are no limitations on the artform these days. Graffiti is from and for the streets."
Born in Sydney, Australia. Meks moved to Brisbane in the late 80s. He started graffiti seriously in 2000. Through graffiti and Ironlak sponsorship Meks has had the opportunity to travel and paint with different writers in different corners of the globe. Meks continues to portray and innovate his 'Beenleigh Line' style of writing to this day. Meks still has a lot to cross off his to-do list with graffiti in saying "I'm not one of those writers that say that I've accomplished enough to settle down. As an artist I'll never be done!"
Stoops is a prevalent and qualified representative of Adelaide's graffiti scene. With a funky flex on letters, zany schemes and a true eye for texture, his arsenal of visual tricks delivers a bold style in each and every piece. There is a charismatic 'pop' aesthetic in his artwork; a magnetic swing in movement and an eye-catching vibrancy. Stoops flies in the face of every observer.
Gimiks Born is originally from Auckland New Zealand, but later moved to Australia in the late 80s, currently living and working in Brisbane. Gimiks Born is a self-taught artist and has studied Graphic Design which he practices full time between art projects and pieces.
Gimiks Born's artistic roots derive from graffiti and illustration, both of which he is extremely passionate about and remains continuously motivated to perfect his technique and style further. Gimiks Born's style is developed and unique, both traits that have contributed to his success and respect within graffiti culture, here in Australia and abroad.
Damien Kamholtz is a Toowoomba based visual artist whose narrative based work predominantly involves drawing and painting. His recent bodies of work show a growing interest in combining and merging traditional aspects of drawing and painting with film, performance and multi modal collaborations.
His paintings have been selected as finalists in the Brett Whitely Travelling Art Scholarship twice and he has been a finalist in such shows as the Churchie Art Award, the Prometheus Visual Arts Award and the Sulman Prize. His work is represented by Anthea Polson Art, Lasting Impressions Gallery and ArtHouse Gallery.
Hailing from Brisbane, Sofles jokes that his tag sounds like a box of tissues or something from a hallmark card. He began painting graffiti in 2000 after a few artists in his class invited him on a mission. A few pieces later Sofles wanted to get better as fast as he could. He began experimenting with 3D's however a more traditional style was developed and then improved upon. He quickly became known around the globe as an artist putting in both quantity and quality. As he mastered his craft Sofles gained the reputation of "Special Effects Wizard" a reference to his uncanny ability to take a standard painting and take it to the next level. Today Sofles continues to produce great work with his amazing graffiti talent and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Shida is a heavyweight of Australia's burgeoning street art scene, with dynamic murals, monumental in scale, spread across the east coast and internationally.
A gestural climax of colour and ecstatic line surges through his mystifying imagery, allowing viewers a glimpse of a sublime, pulsating Paradise. Shida has ignited his career with a tour that spanned four continents, and his ongoing success in the art world is testament to his relentless creative spirit.
Born in Rome, Italy. In 2005 he graduated in Rome as an illustrator/animator.Since 1996 he has been working as a muralist in Europe, Australia, Mexico, China. Since 2002 he has been working as a freelancer cartoonist, storyboarder, screenprinter, and illustrator.
With more than 20 years in the game he still only considers himself at the beginning of where this artistic journey will take him. Graffiti has played a pinnacle roll in his life, teaching him priceless gems about the values of freedom and friendships, the evils of the system and how to navigate around it. This outside-of-the-box perspective has allowed him to travel the world extensively, leaving a colorful legacy from the deep catacombs of the Paris subway to the dense bio-diversity of the Amazon Jungle.
Quench became obsessed with spray painting in high school and painted traditional Graffiti Queensland wide until two years ago when we started www.graffitimurals.com.au. "Since then I have been able to travel and paint the world. I now paint large scale murals daily and am constantly pushing myself to create the perfect piece. I specialise in photo realism painting and typography based murals."