How to make your home ‘bushwick’ again


Posted September 09, 2019 07:03:51 It’s been a year since the last big bushwick revival and the look is starting to take hold again in Melbourne’s inner west.

Here are some of the most popular street art styles, some of which have a history that dates back to the early 1900s.


Street art by David Hutton, Adelaide Street Art, 1897 Advertisement This is one of the first major street art exhibitions in the world, taking place in Adelaide Street in 1897.

The artist is credited with designing this iconic piece which depicts a woman in her early twenties with a dog on her back.


Street Art by Paul Dinsmore, The City and the City, Melbourne, 1905 Advertisement In 1905, The Melbourne City Council approved a plan to build a new railway station on the site of a former Victorian hospital, known as The City.

A new public park was created around the railway station, but the plan was shelved by the government in 1921.


StreetArt by David Wootton, The Ditch, Melbourne (NSW), 1920 Advertisement The iconic ‘ditch’ in Melbourne was a public swimming pool with a swimming hole at the bottom.

The original plan was to build an elevated railway track between the Ditch and Melbourne’s historic Docklands Bridge but this was cancelled.

In 1926, a series of fires and a fire-bombing by anti-socialist protesters destroyed the area.


Streetart by George Dyson, Melbourne Art Gallery, Melbourne City, 1926 Advertisement George Dynes is one a pioneer in street art.

This was the first known ‘street art’ exhibition in Australia.

The exhibition, entitled ‘The City and The City’, took place at the Melbourne City Art Gallery in 1926.

The painting is an early representation of the concept of ‘diversity’ and was commissioned by The City to highlight the diversity of the city.

The public gallery and gallery patrons were given the opportunity to comment on the artwork.


Street Artist’s Studio by William Dyson and others, Melbourne Public Gallery, 1926.

Advertisement A series of public exhibitions and murals by Australian street artists, the Melbourne Public Art Gallery is renowned for its early representation.

In 1929, the artist William Dales unveiled his first public street art installation on the Melbourne’s public library building.


Street Artists Studio by The New World, Melbourne Street Art Gallery (NSN), 1932 Advertisement This was one of many public works by Australian artists that became part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s collection.

The street artworks are usually displayed alongside contemporary artwork from the public gallery.


‘Treaty Street’ by the Art Group, Melbourne and Melbourne Public Picnics, 1926 In 1926 the New World Art Gallery was inaugurated and the first exhibition was held in the gallery.

This is a work by the artist, Arthur Young.

The art was commissioned from the artist who is a member of the Art Society of Victoria.


Street artists, by James Cook, Melbourne Arts Gallery, 1928.

Advertisement James Cook is credited as the ‘father of the street art’.

In 1926 James Cook started a series called ‘The Treaties Street’ which featured a series the street artists of Melbourne.

It was a collection of contemporary works by artists from around the city including John Smith, Robert Sayers, Peter Wotton, James Cook and the artists of ‘The Great East End’.


Street Arts by The Drapers, Melbourne House, 1928 A number of street artists in Melbourne in 1928 created some of Australia’s most famous street art works.

The artists included the street artist, George Cook, who was also the subject of a book by Peter Young called ‘Art and the World’.


‘Cabaret Street’ (Cabarilla Street), Melbourne House (NS) 1928 Cabarrelly Street in Melbourne is a popular street in the inner west of the CBD.

It is located between the Old City and Swanston Street and was the scene of the 1927 riot that broke out between the Melbourne Police and the city’s black population.

The violence lasted for hours until the rioters were rounded up by police.

The riots were the first in the history of Melbourne and the following year, it became known as the Swanston Massacre.


Street artist’s studio by William Eysenck, Melbourne Museum, 1927.

Advertisement William Eiesenck created this mural in 1927 in the Melbourne Museum.

He was commissioned to create the mural after hearing about the events in Melbourne, which he had been living in for over a year.


Street and Surfers Paradise by Harry Hutton and the Beach Boys, Melbourne Beach, 1928 This is an amazing street art piece from 1928 by Harry Hollander, one of Melbourne’s most popular graffiti artists.

It depicts a young boy on the beach in the sand surrounded by surfers.


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