colour Theory UNDERGROUND
4x26 Minute Documentary Series
Graffiti and street art is the biggest art movement in the history of mankind. Synonymous with illicit urban culture, but also a world of beauty, colour and flair, Tony Albert enters the world where our four young artists are making their mark and develop large-scale murals that challenge the idea of what Aboriginal Artists should be developing today.
KINGSLEY 'BUDDA' HAMPTON
Young, up and coming street artist Budda is on a path to develop his skills as a portraiture artist, yet has to overcome the challenges set upon him by the society he lives in today, as well as the law. Budda recognises the benefits of following the rules set out by the original street artists of New York, and is inspired by multi disciplinary artists Jean Basquiat and Matt Adnate, both of whom worked in major cities where the art movement is prominent. Having never left the centre of Australia, Budda is taken on a journey to Melbourne where he develops a large-scale mural with one of his idols.
Known on the streets as Mz Murri Cod and living between two worlds, Libby Harward fuses her knowledge as a graffiti artist to develop artistic works exhibited in the modern gallery and contemporary art space. Libby experiments with natural materials from her homeland on South Stradbroke Island recreating images of photos where her ancestors where exoticised by non Indigenous photographers. Moving into multi media art, Libby hopes to tell stories through her multi disciplinary art forms, not prescribing to the notion that she is solely a graffiti artist.
Narisha “Nish” Cash truly challenges the misconceived idea that the world of graffiti and street art is a man’s world. Nish’s journey of rebellion thrust her into a landscape where not many females existed. Once becoming a mother Nish relied on sketching to play a vital role in healing as she overcome obstacles well known to young women. A well respected and maternal figure in communities across Australia, Nish shares her knowledge as an artist with youth groups and engages with them through art workshops, appreciating that adults also have something to learn from today’s kids at risk.
Warraba’s contemporary art’s education has opened him to a world of exhibition where he chooses not to be confined to one type of practice. Growing up with a political awareness at a time in Australia’s history where Aboriginal rights are being fought for. Warraba’s street art and contemporary works are a response to the political climate of which we live in today. Through his art, Warraba courageously challenges society’s notion of what a lucky country is by addressing problems that exist within our justice system and institutional racism.