Australia is one of the world’s most beautiful places in the entire globe, and with good reason.

The beaches in this country are second to none, Australians are among the most open and friendly in the world and their cities are clean, safe, multicultural and relaxed places to live.

Places where everyone can express many forms of arts and culture.

Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia. – Charles M.Schulz

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Melbourne

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria and second largest city in Australia, has gained international notoriety for its diverse range of street art and associated subcultures: throughout the 1970s and 80s much of the city’s disaffected youth were influenced by the graffiti of New York which subsequently became popular in Melbourne’s inner suburbs and along suburban railway and tram lines. The City of Melbourne recognised the importance of street art in contributing to a vibrant urban culture and decided to support it: that’s why property owners and occupiers can easily apply for a permit to have street art on their buildings.

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Melbourne’s street art has become internationally renowned and has become an attraction for local and overseas visitors experiencing Melbourne’s creative ambience. The primary areas in which this masterpieces are most densely located include many suburbs such as Brunswick, Carlton, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Northcote. Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda and the Central Business District. Man, we’ve been there too and trust us: they’re literally everywhere!

Reykjavik Boulevard, in collaboration with Melbourne Street Art, decided to share some of those awesome artworks made by some of more well-loved artists in the city.

Enjoy, share, love.

Matt Adnate

Adnate is perhaps the pre-eminent “muralist” in Melbourne. His pieces are huge, covering full building walls. His inspirations seem to often come from indigenous Australians, which he captures with beauty and soul. He is one of the most photographed street artists in Melbourne and has been a key part of the street art scene for many years.

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E.L.K.

E.L.K. (aka Luke Cornish) has forged a reputation as a stencil artist without peer. He has been perhaps one of the more successful street artists in bridging the chasm between street and gallery art. E.L.K. Was favourite to win Australia’s premier portrait art award in 2012 with his massive stencil of Fr Bob Maguire. His recent stencil of ex Prime Minister Bob Hawke was just purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Australia.

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Makatron

Makatron has been a street art staple in Melbourne for years. Again, massive murals are his thing, and his subject matter is often drawn from the animal kingdom. When people see a Makatron piece, they realise how much street art adds to the character and fibre of our city.

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Kaffeine

Kaffeine has a schtick that is at times poignant, confronting, sexual and beautiful. Her work adorns many, many walls, alleys, abandoned buildings and galleries. Her inspirations are many, but she certainly has a thing for goats, quite often morphing the human and animal forms in pieces that are thought provoking and beguiling.

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sputNIK

sputNIK is a Melbourne-based stencil artist, who draw his inspiration from other great street stencil artists such as Melbourne locals E.L.K. and 23rd Key as well as internationally famous artists such as The Young and C215. His work pops up infrequently in spots around Melbourne.He commonly chooses portraits as his subject, but has delved into political commentary at times.

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Manofdarkness

Walking down Melbourne’s lane ways and alleys, many people would miss a Manofdarkness stencil, because they don’t take in their surrounding. Often low to the ground, unobtrusive, yet breath-taking and beautiful. Manofdarkness stencils are usually quite small, requiring the precision of a talented surgeon when cutting and a keen eye when spraying.

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Hush

Having extensively explored Europe, Asia and America, it is not surprising that travel and the exploration of culture are at the centre of Hush’s artistic philosophy. An amalgamation of international influences present themselves on his canvases, and Japanese geishas and Russian Babushka dolls feature heavily in this latest series, ‘Sirens’: the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia.

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Txt by: Lorenzo Bruno • All images are courtesy of Damien Woods