Murals of Melbourne | Leadbeater

Independent Melbourne artist transforms his suburban experience into primal, deeply affecting workC.Yestadt

Like most visual artists I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember. Since the early ‘90s I’ve been exhibiting my art. For the last 20 years I’ve worked as a graphic designer which has given me a deep understanding of visual communication. 

Although my themes are universal, it's often difficult to divorce my work from the suburbs where it's created.

Expressive mark making gives my subjects a sort of wild energy. This is important when I’m trying to convey a raw emotion. The work polarises most who see it. They either love it or fear it. I can’t control what they feel but I’m always glad when it speaks to them.

I want my work to serve as a reminder of the immense power, vulnerability and mystery of being human.

Mural photography: @shannynhiggins

Location: Can't Do Tomorrow festival (The Facility - Tallows, 12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington)