Adnate’s Aboriginal mural journey

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Matt Adnate’s journey as a well known street artist started to take off on the streets of Melbourne in 2011 and it didn’t take long before his first public Aboriginal portrait mural appeared. Since that time, the popularity and demand for his Indigenous portrait murals have grown enormously and the Melbourne born artist is now in high demand around the world. In this article we are going to retrace all of Adnate’s public Aboriginal murals from 2011 until now (2017).

2011 – Melbourne

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The first Aboriginal mural by Adnate appeared in Fitzroy, Melbourne

2012 – Melbourne / Adelaide

A phenomenon starts to grow!

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One of Adnate’s very first Aboriginal portraits to appear in Melbourne
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Adelaide
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During 2011 & 2012 Adnate worked with the AWOL crew around Fitzroy in Melbourne

2013 – Melbourne, Newcastle & Northern Territory

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Melbourne
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Newcastle
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Melbourne
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Northern Territory

2014 – Adnate goes massive!

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St Kilda, Melbourne
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Adnate paints yidaki master Djalu Gurruwiwi on the streets of Melbourne
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One of Adnate’s large scale murals. This one is in Melbourne.

Adnate spent time in remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory & feels that he is giving back or giving a voice by his art being placed in major metropolitan areas. Art has been a signpost for human civilisations for thousands of years and this is his way of reminding the world that we (Indigenous people) are still here.

2015 – Adnate dedicates the entire year to Aboriginal projects

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Toowoomba
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Garma Festival
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Warnambool
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Singapore
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Singapore
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Purnululu
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Melbourne
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Nowra
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Melbourne

In 2015, Adnate also held his first ever solo exhibition in Sydney where he showcased his art on smaller canvas more suited to the gallery. It didn’t take long for all of his artworks to sell out, in fact all of his artworks were sold before the exhibition even began.

2016 – Adnate’s fame continues to grow

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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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Balmain, Sydney
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Sheep Hills, Victoria
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Benalla
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Darling Harbour, Sydney. Portait of Jenny Munro
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Dubbo, A portrait of Pearl Gibbs and a child to symbolise hope for the future
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Working with NITV’s Colour Theory show (Portrait of Budda)
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Victorian Aboriginal Health Service building, Melbourne

2017 – His legacy continues

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Shepparton. Portraits of William Cooper and Sir Douglas Nicholls
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Perth
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Boundary Street, Brisbane

Well that’s a wrap on 6 and a half years of work by Adnate. What are your favourites? Which ones have you seen in person? Where should he start painting next? Let us know in the comments below.

The best way to keep track of what Adnate is doing is by following his Instagram account or by visiting his website.

 

 

 

 

 

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