Old & new in Newtown III – new kids on the block

Is this a spray can turf war? Are the Inner West street artists using selfies to mark out territory?
Overnight* the buxom young lass on the corner of Bray & Concord Streets who replaced an alien being, changed to a young man.
The new bloke
The new bloke
Earlier this year this portrait replaced the alien wookie-like creature and our bit of Banksy in the Charles Street park. I saw the guy painting it but it took me a couple of weeks to get around to snapping it and even then I didn’t post it because I thought it was a bit ho hum…
Portrait of the artist?
Portrait of the artist?
“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry Ward Beecher
*The G.O. swears at 5.30am the buxom young lass was in situ. I snapped the new bloke at 8.16am.

15 thoughts on “Old & new in Newtown III – new kids on the block

    1. You just run into it in the Inner West but I must take myself off, and probably the G.O. for a proper wander. I found pieces at at Kempsey & Sofala that could be labelled murals but they were commentary / documentary so I think of them as street art. I guess it depends on your own assessment. The bus stop at Taylors Arm is painted mural style.


  1. These pieces are amazing, EllaDee. Are they at all sanctioned by the city? I would love to see this “catch on” over here. Anything to replace the ubiquitous gang signs. If it is some sort of turf war, imagine if this were the beginning of the 16th century and the “combatants” Michelangelo & Raphael. However would one decide today which painting/layer would be “the one”?


    1. 🙂 In their own genre some of these street artists are set to be modern day versions of Michelangelo & Raphael… and although I have my own tastes and preferences it would be hard to decide what’s best. The walls these 2 pieces are painted on are private, so I guess it’s up to the property owners but it does seem quite accepted and even encouraged at least in the city fringe and Inner West.


    1. Tagging doesn’t rate. There’s a whole range of street art from stencils to this really good stuff, and I like what it adds to our surroundings. It’s contemporary as you can get and you don’t need to visit a gallery to see it 🙂


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