Monday, 4 July 2016


Adnate is an artist that realises his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in graffiti, utilising the medium to carry his realist style into the fine art realm. Heavily influenced by the chiaroscuro of renaissance painters like Caravaggio, Adnate embraces portraiture like the masters of the XVI Century. Elevating graffiti art above the level of letter writing, Adnate’s subject matter and their subsequent status often belies the intent of his portraits.

His works are often cropped by evocative slices of vibrant colour, channelling a presence of character, much like a still life uses its background as a setting for detail and showing of fine brushstrokes. Adnate’s realism is highlighted by the use of what appears careless, but is frequently calculated blocks of vibrant colour. Adnate is still best known for the stunning portraits, typically of indigenous people, that can be found across Melbourne. This 2015 mural is found at the corner of Park and Station Sts, Carlton North and Adnate has collaborated with fellow artist Plea to create this beautiful portrait of a young Aboriginal boy.

Adnate's journey has involved spending time with indigenous communities in Arnhem Land, the Western Desert and the Northern Territory's central desert as well as Melbourne, photographing subjects that he would later paint. Beyond deepening Adnate's understanding of Aboriginal culture, he hopes that his art might trigger greater public engagement with indigenous culture.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


  1. Wow! This one is phenomenal...Adnate's work is pure brilliance!

  2. That is a powerful mural. You have documented it very well.

  3. This is spectacular. People are so amazing in their talents. Great capture.

    Lisa @ Life Thru the Lens (

  4. What a talented person. Never saw one like this. Awesome and so glad you shared.

  5. Hello Nick, Thank you for your comment today. Oh my gosh, My link did not come up. We have been gone all day and we just returned home. When I looked at my post I was so upset. I am so sorry. I have been having trouble with Mr. Linky and I will be checking this out.

    The painting of the Aboriginal boy is so wonderful with amazing detail. A wonderful mural. Adnate is very talented. The photos are really good.

    HAPPY BLUE MONDAY.Thank you for playing.
    Hopefully, all will be well again by next week.


  6. Wow. A very powerful image.

  7. Fantastic! He is really good - such a great painting- exciting to see artwork on blogs. Thanks


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