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Artist Bio

FINTAN MAGEE 

Born in Lismore NSW, Fintan Magee moved to Brisbane as a child and began drawing shortly after. In his early teens he was exposed to Brisbane’s graffiti culture and began to scrawl his name across the city with large vibrant letterforms. Moving away from traditional graffiti in recent years his guerilla murals often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city. Mixing surreal and figurative imagery his paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss and transition and contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children’s books. He has exhibited throughout Australia and has been selected as a finalist for the Prometheus, Churchie and Lethbridge art prizes and received the people’s choice at the Cliftons art prize, Brisbane. In 2012 after a 4-week residency at ISAD studios in Jakarta he was invited to collaborate on a large-scale installation with Indonesian collective Ruangrupa. The piece was included in the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary art at QAGGoMA. His diligence, technical skill and progressive approach to street art make him one of Australia’s must watch emerging artists. Fintan has recently installed a large mural in Coffs Harbour prior to returning to Jakarta for the 15th Jakarta Biennale of Contemporary Art. 


GUIDO VAN HELTEN Guido van Helten is a contemporary street artist practicing in the medium of large-scale, site-specific mural works. Combining a developed appreciation of architectural elements, cultural influence and research-based appropriation of historic or archival imagery, Guido’s work explores the place of contemporary street art and its existence within urban environments.

On a smaller scale, Guido’s studio works provide an insight into his process driven practice, forming structural studies that demonstrate early influences of his tertiary education in traditional printmaking, while his bold and precise aerosol technique hints at an extensive past practicing traditional Graffiti.

Guido is currently undertaking an Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, and has sent his works on paper from abroad to make the show at Open Studio, Coffs Harbour possible. Guido will install one of his large scale works in Coffs Harbour to round out the show in early 2014.