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Stretching from the city centre to the suburbs Perth is changing. Buildings and laneways are becoming urban tapestries of colour with street art revitalising our public spaces. What were once blank walls are now transforming into living landscapes bringing colour and personality to the streets.

On the side of Rifos in Maylands, painted by Samuel Kim

On the side of Rifos in Maylands, painted by Samuel Kim

On the side of Gemma's Health & Beauty Spa. Artist Daek Williams

On the side of Gemma’s Health & Beauty Spa. Artist Daek Williams

Art by Shime in Maylands

Art by Shime in Maylands

Although there is an abundance of street art in the city, it is now more and more apparent in suburban life.

Jumping the Shark painted by Fieldey on the side of the Good Store in Vic Park

Jumping the Shark painted by Fieldey on the side of the Good Store in Vic Park

Painted on the side of Saigon Corner in Victoria Park by Graffiti Galaxi

Painted on the side of Saigon Corner in Victoria Park by Graffiti Galaxi

At the rear of the Good Store Vic Park you can see James Giddy's colourful elephants

At the rear of the Good Store Vic Park you can see James Giddy’s colourful elephants

Igniting the walls with bold geometric masterpieces and contemporary characters, local and international artists are revitalising otherwise blank and boring areas.

Painted by Fieldey on the side of Brando's Pizza in Vic Park

Painted by Fieldey on the side of Brando’s Pizza in Vic Park

Painted on Standby Cafe in Mt Lawley by Daek Williams

Painted on Standby Cafe in Mt Lawley by Daek Williams

Colourful cow on the side of Sugar & Spice Inglewood. Artist Anya Brock

Colourful cow on the side of Sugar & Spice Inglewood. Artist Anya Brock

The bursts of colour on our walls could easily have you thinking these photos are from the hip and trendy Melbourne instead of Perth. But move over Hosier Lane, Perth’s suburb of Maylands is ranked as one of the three coolest suburbs in Australia, thanks to its gritty and artisanal edge.

Painted on the side of the Bassendean Oriental Restaurant by Melski

Painted on the side of the Bassendean Oriental Restaurant by Melski

Artwork on Mondo Butchers in Inglewood recognising the Beaufort St trams from 1899-1958. Artist Melski

Artwork on Mondo Butchers in Inglewood recognising the Beaufort St trams from 1899-1958. Artist Melski

Striking musical mural in Mt Lawley by PablitoSomething

Striking musical mural in Mt Lawley by PablitoSomething, can you recognize the musicians?

Painted on the side of Henry on Eighth in Maylands by Jodee Knowles

Painted on the side of Henry on Eighth in Maylands by Jodee Knowles

But just as art speaks in different ways it is not an everlasting story. What is here today, may be painted over, defaced or the building demolished tomorrow. Maybe knowing that it may not be here forever is what makes us appreciate street art more. Late last year paintball bandits hit the same cool suburb of Maylands hitting many of the stunning murals. However luckily photography captures these images forever.

Lady Poise painted this sassy lady on the side of the Bottle-O in Vic Park

Lady Poise painted this sassy lady on the side of the Bottle-O in Vic Park AKA Posier Lane

Holly Rayes cafe in Bassendean. Artist Anya Brock

Holly Rayes cafe in Bassendean. Artist Anya Brock

Colourful zebras painted by Anya Brock on the side of Ootong & Lincoln cafe Fremantle

Colourful zebras painted by Anya Brock on the side of Ootong & Lincoln cafe Fremantle

Street art is fun and vibrant as artists are being commissioned to brighten and rejuvenate otherwise lifeless walls. Artists are using walls of buildings and houses as canvases speaking directly to their audience.

Painted by Melski behind Fresh Provisions in Mt Lawley

Painted by Melski behind Fresh Provisions in Mt Lawley

On the side of a house in Fremantle by Lady Bananas, Lady Poise and Tomahawk

On the side of a house in Fremantle by Lady Bananas, Lady Poise and Tomahawk

There is something about illicit public artworks that is gaining genuine appreciation and acceptance and for as long as there are open spaces and a means for this creative expression I am sure it will be bombing our walls.

Be the change that you want to see in the world on a Victoria Park home by Konfucius Art By Destroy and Idol Motions

Be the change that you want to see in the world on a Victoria Park home by Konfucius Art By Destroy and Idol Motions

Street art was once an underground movement and today is an accepted form where boring gritty laneways morph into colourful murals.  

 

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Birds under bridge in Claremont by Anya Brock

Street art creates a cultural tourism allowing visitors to come to an area to experience and enjoy the artwork. Unlike a gallery, people can return to the area increasing the economics by spending time and money in the many restaurants and cafes that commission local artists to create inspiring pieces.

This amazing piece by Fieldey was defaced by paintball bandits

This amazing piece by Fieldey was defaced by paintball bandits

Posier Lane in Victoria Park, artist unknown

Posier Lane in Victoria Park, artist unknown

Can be seen in the laneway of Hubert St Vic Park. Painted by Lynk Woolnough

Can be seen in the laneway of Hubert St Vic Park. Painted by Lynk Woolnough

Have you visited a cafe with some interesting street art? Do you know other suburbs like Maylands that have lots of buildings rejuvenated with murals?

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6 Responses

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    These are really very amazing photographs, I would like to visit Perth as this post inspired me. Thanks for sharing this post.

  2. Street art is really taking off all over the world now. I love these examples, particularly the cow and the zebras. Wonderful to see such colourful art brighten up the suburbs.
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  3. Kat says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! Honestly, I didn’t expect Perth to jump on the street art bandwagon but it’s great! The last time I was in Perth was in the 1990s – it’s good to see Perth in this new avatar 🙂 #FarawayFiles

    • Lyn says:

      Perth is a huge surprise to many, not just for our street art. If you make it back here you will see a huge difference, we have grown up, but still laid back and friendly.

  4. Katy says:

    Well look at little old Perth. It’s not a city I would have ever described as funky in the past but I stand corrected. Think I might need to head over soon for a street art fix! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • Lyn says:

      Katy we have some great street art in Perth now, move over Melbourne as Australia’a street art hub. If you plan a trip here let me know.

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