Adnate

Adnate is an artist that realizes his portraits in spray paint. He has moved past his roots in graffiti, utilizing 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 XXI 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. The gaze of modern society, cropped with colour from the street/renaissance, he examines the idea of who we are looking at. In particular, those who we are obsessed by and how fragile the origin of that obsession is.

 

His works are often cropped by evocative slices of vibrant colour, channeling 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’s work can be seen in Barcelona, Berlin, Mumbai, New York, Paris and Sydney. He is frequently commissioned by the City of Melbourne, the city where he resides – the outcomes of which you can see on a multitude of walls and buildings throughout urban areas. He has proven himself a master of large-scale painting – his largest mural stretching up to 23 metres in height.

 

Adnate is considered one of the most influential street artists in Australia and has used his artistic practice to draw focus to the indigenous peoples of Australia. He has worked closely with a cultural advisor and has spent time in indigenous communities to ensure that he is portraying his subjects with the upmost respect.

Biography

Selected Solo Exhibition

2016

‘Always Been Here’ Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2015

‘Into The Sun’ Nanda Hobbs, Sydney


2014

‘Beyond The Lands’ Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2012

‘Lost Culture’ RTIST Gallery, Melbourne


2011 ‘

Point of View’ Box 32 Gallery, Berlin

 

Selected Recent Group Shows

2012

‘Rinse & Repeat’ Ambush, Sydney
Molecule Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Collaborative installation/exhibition with E.L.K.
‘Fabric’ AWOL Crew, Melbourne


2011

‘Signs of Life’ No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne


2010

‘Small Art Show’ For Walls Gallery, Melbourne


2008

Per Square Meter Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
‘Sleep is the Cousin of Death’ Adidas & Peak Street present, Group Group GroupExhibition
Villain Presents Cutouts Group Exhibition
‘Dualidad’ Catalan Adjustment Gallery, Barcelona, Spain – collaborative exhibition with Spanish artist Panor


2007

Panic Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, Extempore


2006

Panic Gallery, Melbourne, Australia Extempore

 

Awards and Recognition

2016

Finalist – Doug Moran Prize for Portraiture 2016

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Breathe
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Adnate, Breathe, 2022, Spray paint and acrylic on linen, 198 x 142 cm
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Upon Awakening
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Adnate, Upon Awakening, 2022, Spray paint and acrylic on linen, 122 x 198 cm
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Timeless
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Adnate, Timeless, 2016, 300 gsm giclee print on cotton rag paper, 36 x 47.5 cm (image), 43 x 53 cm (sheet), Edition of 200
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