A group of some of Melbourne’s most celebrated street artists have come together to create a large-scale mural eleven metres tall and thirty metres wide in Easey Street, Collingwood. The mural is a tribute to iconic artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and was inspired by the recently opened summer blockbuster exhibition Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at the National Gallery of Victoria. Renowned muralist Heesco created portraits of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, against an abstract background painted by street artists Conrad Bizjak and Chehehe alongside graffiti writers Ling, DVATE, Phibs, Sabeth and Duke, with the group coordinated by Dean Sunshine and P1xels. The decision to create the mural in the location of Collingwood also pays tribute to a significant moment in Melbourne’s cultural history, when Haring painted a mural at the Collingwood Technical School in 1984 during his first and only trip to Melbourne. All photos by P1xels
About Dean Sunshine
Dean Sunshine has lived in Melbourne Australia all his life and experienced first hand the graffiti and aerosol art movement as it began there in the 80’s.
For the last decade he has keenly followed the development of the local street art scene and photographed and documented thousands of works for no other reason than appreciation of the art form.
Putting his interest online Dean started his blog called Land of Sunshine in 2010 which led to the self-publication of two books – Land of Sunshine (2012) and Street Art Now (2014)
His blog is regularly updated with the latest street art and graffiti in Melbourne and also takes photos when travelling the world.
Aside from documentation, he also offers the exterior walls of his warehouse in Brunswick, Melbourne for local and international artists to regularly paint and facilitates large and small street art commissions and projects.
All photos are his own unless otherwise specified.