2017 Artists

ADNATE

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Adnate is an artist that realizes his portraits in spray paint. Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XXI Century. In 2010, Adnate’s first solo exhibition explored elements of beauty and urban decay. A second exhibition in Berlin has given him further exposure in Europe. Now, he focuses his works by clashing graffiti and fine art and continues to paint walls throughout the world.

With the gaze of modern society, Adnate examines the idea of who we are looking at. In particular, those who we are obsessed by, and how fragile the origin of that obsession is. His works are often cropped by evocative slices of vibrant color, channeling a presence of character, much like a still life uses its background as a setting for detail and showing of fine brushstrokes.

Adnate has always held a connection towards indigenous people, especially with Indigenous Australians. He paints large scale murals in the main cities around Australia and the world, creating a statement of reclaiming the land that was always theirs. He endeavours to capture the stories and emotions of each subject he paints, encouraging the audience to feel through their own experience.

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