Photo Gallery: Sydney Street Art, Serious and Playful

Street Art can be found on walls all around the inner west of Sydney and I like to take photos of it when I walk by. Sometimes it has a message to send about the local area, society or politics and at other times it can be just fun and playful.

What Is Street Art?

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in an ephemeral and viral form of art that is marking urban settings around the world, and has developed a flourishing sub-culture all its own. Now though, street art is going mainstream. Auctioneers, collectors and museum directors are scrabbling to learn urban art vocabulary and develop positions on the big street art issues.

There is as yet no simple definition of street art. It is an amorphous beast encompassing art which is found in or inspired by the urban environment. With anti-capitalist and rebellious undertones, it is a democratic form of popular public art probably best understood by seeing it in situ. It is not limited to the gallery nor easily collected or possessed by those who may turn art into a trophy.

Considered by some a nuisance, for others street art is a tool for communicating views of dissent, asking difficult questions and expressing political concerns. Its definition and uses are changing: originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth today it is even seen in some cases like the famous street artist Banksy as a means of urban beautification and regeneration.
– excerpt from Art Radar Journal

Here are some of the examples of Sydney Street Art I have photographed during the last few years. To preempt the obvious question, Yes I do like street art of birds and butterflies and cats 🙂

Streetart: 2011 is Amnesty International's 50th anniversary

Knowledge Breaks Down Walls - Location: 73 Pine Street, Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Balmain Street art: Personified Post box

Street Art - Anti Military Industrial Complex

Sydney Street Art

Sydney Street Art

3 Butterflies - Leichhardt, Sydney Street art

Black/Blue Butterfly street art - Annandale, Leichhardt

Street Art - Pigeon Flying Through Flower Petals

Macaw - Sydney Street Art

Owl catching Mouse - UTS Street Art

Seagull catching fish - Iron Cove Bay Walk Street Art

Leichhardt Tiger - Sydney Street Art

Tiger - Colourful Sydney Street Art

Purple cat - Lilyfield street art

2 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Sydney Street Art, Serious and Playful”

  1. It have always enjoyed reading your articles…very thourough and insightful. I’m just leaving the comment to appreciate your efforts in disseminating the knowledge. …will keep following your posts as always…..

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