Five street artists you need to know

Let's face it, there are a LOT of talented street artists painting murals all over the world. Each one with their own unique methods and styles. A select few however stand out as being especially inspirational to me. See how many you know...

  Clockwise from top:  'Maddison, Gemma & Mikaela' Re.Discover Bunbury, AUS '16 | 'Maddison' Street Prints Mauro Mural Festival, NZ '15 | 'Opal' Te Awamutu, NZ '14

Clockwise from top: 'Maddison, Gemma & Mikaela' Re.Discover Bunbury, AUS '16 | 'Maddison' Street Prints Mauro Mural Festival, NZ '15 | 'Opal' Te Awamutu, NZ '14

ASKEWONE

Born in New Zealand, Askewone is a self taught artist with over 20 years experience. His recent murals focus on portraits with bold, abstract lines and shapes. Askewone doesn't know who's portrait he is going to paint until he arrives at the mural location and finds someone suitable on the streets.

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  Clockwise from top left:  'Genesis Modification/Glitch Essay' Montreal, CAN '15 | 'Organic Focus' Rosario, ARG '14 | 'Fluid' Rio San Juan, DOM '14 | 'Heavy Distribution' Cordoba, ARG '14

Clockwise from top left: 'Genesis Modification/Glitch Essay' Montreal, CAN '15 | 'Organic Focus' Rosario, ARG '14 | 'Fluid' Rio San Juan, DOM '14 | 'Heavy Distribution' Cordoba, ARG '14

ELIAN

Elian was born and lives in Córdoba, Argentina. His artworks are made in direct response to the architecture of the building he is painting on. Elian's murals are very contemporary using bold colours (mostly primary) and abstract shapes and lines. He also likes to play with the opacity of colours that are layered on top of each other.

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  Clockwise from top left:   'Privately Commissioned Church' Washington DC, USA '12 |   ' WA Grain Silos' Northam, AUS '15 | Same as top left| 'ISIL Institue' Lima, PERU '13

Clockwise from top left: 'Privately Commissioned Church' Washington DC, USA '12 | 'WA Grain Silos' Northam, AUS '15 | Same as top left| 'ISIL Institue' Lima, PERU '13

HENSE

Hense (aka Alex Brewer) hails from Atlanta, Georgia and originally started out writing graffiti. He has been working as a street artist for nearly two decades. Alex likes to use a bright colour palette and incorpates many textures within his murals. He specialises in creating very impressive and very BIG installations.

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  Clockwise from top left:  'Captain Hercules Fighting Hydra' LA, USA '15 | 'Eat Your Heart Out' San Fransisco, USA '14 | Bushwick, USA '13 | "Dissection of a Polar Bear' Vienna, AUSTRIA '15

Clockwise from top left: 'Captain Hercules Fighting Hydra' LA, USA '15 | 'Eat Your Heart Out' San Fransisco, USA '14 | Bushwick, USA '13 | "Dissection of a Polar Bear' Vienna, AUSTRIA '15

NYCHOS

Nychos is an Austrian artist who become well know for his human and animal dissections. Recently though he has transitioned to creating translucent human and animal murals as seen in the top photo. He is part of The Weird Crew which is made up of street artists from Germany and Austria and started Rabbit Eye Movement, an art gallery in Vienna. I highly recommend watching his documentary The Deepest Depths of the Burrow about the street artist lifestyle and subculture.

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  Clockwise from top left:  'For No Good Reaason' Miami, USA '15 | 'Run til Die/Sink or Swim' Berlin, GER '15 | Berlin, GER '14 | 'Future that we Hold' Penang MALAYSIA '15

Clockwise from top left: 'For No Good Reaason' Miami, USA '15 | 'Run til Die/Sink or Swim' Berlin, GER '15 | Berlin, GER '14 | 'Future that we Hold' Penang MALAYSIA '15

TWOONE

Twoone was born in Japan but moved to Melboure, Australia when he was 18. His artworks typically centre around animal and/or skull sketches with haphazard, bold lines. Over the last couple of years Twoone has also created an interesting series of paintings on acrylic glass with fluorescent lights behind.

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