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Art on the Street – Melbourne II
June 26, 2018
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Art on the Street – Melbourne II
Two years have passed since my last trip to Melbourne, and my first post on Hosier Lane street art. On this visit I had the time to wander many of Melbourne’s street art galleries and capture the best to share with you here.
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Art on the Street – Toronto
June 19, 2018
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Art on the Street – Toronto
I found Toronto street art, much like Detroit, to showcase a great array of talent for wildstyle graffiti. If you’re you’re not familiar with the term, stay tuned and I’ll explain in a minute. Like all of the Art on the Street series, this post doesn’t just cover street art, but also public art installations […]
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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
May 17, 2018
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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula. Not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and superb sunsets. However, it isn’t resting on its lofty laurels. The Island community also offers excellent food, handicraft shopping, vibrant streetscapes and an impressive exhibition […]
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The Art of the Vintage Travel Poster
October 5, 2017
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The Art of the Vintage Travel Poster
When I was in my late teens, I bought myself a calendar that was illustrated with vintage travel posters. I was particularly smitten with one for Cuba produced in 1949 by the Cuban Tourist Commission. From that moment I formed a slight obsession with the beautiful artwork created to sell travel in the early days […]
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Art Highlights of Indianapolis
August 24, 2017
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Art Highlights of Indianapolis
When you think of Indianapolis, you are more likely to picture motor racing than art. That might change after you read this post! Following a weekend exploring the city, I was impressed with the volume and quality of art in Indy, as well as the creativity that is evident in its cultural districts. Here are […]
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The Travelling Creative – Tiffany Noro
July 27, 2017
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The Travelling Creative – Tiffany Noro
Tiffany Noro shares two of my greatest passions – travel and dance.  It is with the greatest pleasure I welcome her to Duende to take part in the Travelling Creative, a series of short interviews with professional creatives about destinations that have most inspired their work. I interview writers, photographers, artists, performers and designers about […]
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The Journey to Spiral Jetty, Utah
July 25, 2017
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The Journey to Spiral Jetty, Utah
“It was the journey,” says art historian, Hikmet Sidney Loe in a video interview for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Anyone who has ever travelled to see Spiral Jetty in person cannot deny experiencing this same sentiment. I stumbled across the concept of Land Art (Earth Art, Environmental Art) quite by accident a couple of […]
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Art Highlights of New York City
July 13, 2017
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Art Highlights of New York City
This is a collection of art highlights, viewed during my two trips to New York City. Though I didn’t get to all the galleries or exhibits I had hoped, I was overwhelmed by the wonderful art I was privileged to see.  Interestingly, though I chose most of these works purely on how they struck me […]
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Highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago
June 22, 2017
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Highlights from the Art Institute of Chicago
It’s almost impossible to select a favourite piece from the Chicago Institute of Art. I would need a decade to gaze lovingly into the eyes of each portrait, wander the varied landscapes and dream up a home where I could welcome each exquisitely crafted piece of furniture and decorative item on display. While I’m inevitably […]
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Art on the Street – Memphis
April 13, 2017
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Art on the Street – Memphis
Soulful is the word I would use to describe the street art scene in Memphis, Tennessee. Most of the pieces I witnessed during my 48hrs in the home of the Blues, were murals by local artists, all with a very special message about their hometown. While all of the pieces I feature today, are legal/commissioned (as […]
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Art on the Street – NYC II
February 23, 2017
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Art on the Street – NYC II
New York street art is a high turnover business. New walls appear and disappear as fast as developers can tear down old buildings and replace them with shiny new ones. Not to mention the threat of other artists painting over your work, and legal walls being rotated through murals to keep the urban landscape fresh. […]
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Art on the Street – Cuba
November 3, 2016
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Art on the Street – Cuba
Considering the difficulty of getting paint in Cuba, it is surprising to find a vibrant street art scene, particularly in La Habana. Murals by local and international artists adorn the crumbling remains of buildings in the old quarter, showcasing various styles and an abundance of talent. Take a walk with me down the streets of […]