‘Wallisms’

Our smiles are our armour. April 2020


Smiling makes us attractive.
Smiling relieves stress.
Smiling elevates our moods.
Smiling is contagious.
Smiling boosts your immune system.
Smiling lowers your blood pressure.
Smiling makes us feel good.
Smiling makes you look younger.
Smiling makes you seem successful.
Smiling helps you stay positive.

Patterns. February 2019

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This image, captured by Felix Oppen, is a great example of a ‘Wallism’. Urban art generously created and installed by an anonymous artist, brings pattern, colour and provocative imagery to our dull and often artless urban landscape.

A concrete pillow. July 2018
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Concrete Pillow.  It is hard, cold and unforgiving. All morning, day and night. Many think I chose this life for me. They say it’s not their fight. Jacob Folger December 22, 2011
Athens, Greece. May 2018
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The walls of this splendid city are full of ‘wallisms’. They come in many styles, some are just spontaneous scribbles, some call it graffiti. Some are well executed images, that are considered and crafted and beautiful.
Old school. October 2017
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Package design is an ever present part of the urban landscape. Strangely, cigarette and tobacco packaging, a key to the overall identity of this commodity, is vilified in many modern cultures. In more ‘old school’ cultures, this visual language is still considered an attractive and acceptable part of the every day advertising and promotion campaigns.

Tokyo, Japan. August 2017
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The image of the left hand page was found in a Tokyo subway station. It was an illuminated billboard for some advertising campaign and there were about 10 in the series. All the images were 19th century inspired Japanese based imagery but it really evoked a sense of contemporary Manga drawings for me. The image on the right hand page is a current ‘Wallism’ of the Lord Gladstone in Chippendale, inner Sydney.

Kenridge and Rome. April 2017
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‘Triumphs and Laments’ is comprised of a 550 meter-long frieze along the urban waterway of the River Tiber in Rome. It is the South African artist, William Kentridge’s largest public work to date.

Together at last. Feburary 2017
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Walls throughout humankind’s history have supplied us with a platform, a space where we can voice our feelings, our opinions, our concerns. Keep engaging those walls.

Athens, Greece. August 2016
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Beautiful homes and buildings crumbling due to neglect and hard times are
being reinvented and turned into canvases upon which wonderful, playful imagery is placed. A statement of renaissance and defiance driven by the artists of Athens which ensures this eternal city maintains contemporary relevance.
The musing of Athens. July 2016
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Wallism is a creative activity which knows no boundaries, borders, or limitations. The above examples were found in the heart of Athens, a place that is rich in energy and art.

Rip, tear, see. May 2016
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Walking home can sometimesbe a drag. Sometimes it throws wonderful things in front us. Pure ‘corner of the eye’ stuff. This example of Wallism was found at the intersection of Cleveland and Regent Streets, Redfern / Chippendale. It is a happy accident of actions and reactions. Just love finding something I was not looking for.

Oy, Oy, Oy. April 2016
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The “Afghans” or “Ghans” were camel caravaners who worked in Outback Australia from the 1860s to the 1930s.

J O Y. January 2016
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Delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture; enjoyment, felicity, joie de vivre, jouissance; literary jocundity. pleasure, source of pleasure, treat, thrill. And I bet you experience one of the above at least once a day. Be grateful for that and be in that moment.

Write drunk. Edit sober. October 2015
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Good ideas and insights come to us at unexpected times or in the most unexpected places.

Brisbane, Australia. April 2015
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Under the freeway overpass, near GOMA in Brisbane, huge murals have been lovingly and passionately painted. These works are grand. They demand one’s attention both from an aesthetic point of view, and from a symbolic place. They are beautiful.

Just hanging around. Feburary 2015
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A hero. January 2015
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This two storey tall portrait of Australian journalist Peter Greste appeared on a wall in Redfern about mid December 2015, and served the purpose of reminding us of the plight of this unjustly imprisoned man and in it’s own small way was a part of Peter’s eventual release. The notion that we are helpless in adversity is not altogether correct. See the outcome, believe in the outcome, focus on the outcome. Live life as if the outcome is inevitable.

Whats new pussy cat? December 2014
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The word ‘Anthropomorphism’ is a noun. It means to attribute human characteristics or behavior to a god, an animal, or an object. We tend to give inanimate objects personalities. We project human qualities onto our animals. These are two really good examples of this. Just love what people do on walls.

Newcastle, NSW, Australia. November 2014
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Turning down one small street and up the next was a constant delight with the discovery of one mural after another. Who does these? Don’t know. Why do they do them? For the joy of creating something beautiful, witty, loud, I guess.

May Lane, St Peters, Sydney. September 2014
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There is a lane way, well two lane ways, in the inner west area of Sydney called Mary Lane, and it is the venue for an art gallery that has gradually appeared and grown. This fantastic and organic art venue is full of the most beautiful and diverse contemporary street art. From street knitting to old school type based graffiti murals to beautiful paintings of herons (as this one). It is Wallism at its finest.

Life is black and white, sometimes. August 2014
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Chalk talk. June 2014
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To make one’s mark. April 2014
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Another slice. March 2014
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Dialogue. Feburary 2014
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Little heros. January 2014
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A fresh refresh. November 2013
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Going, going, almost gone. September 2013
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The fawn. August 2013
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A love letter to type. June 2013
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Glisten. April 2013
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Love is love. Feburary 2013
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The stuff of life. October 2012
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Horizontal on vertical. June 2012
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Good dog. August 2011.
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The ‘ISM’ of the 21st century. June 2011
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Rothko in the streets. April 2011
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