Secret Walls began back in 2006 in a small bar in East London, it was small and intimate yet had the potential to be so much more. Years of hard work, dedication and a strong following has meant Secret Walls has pushed the boundaries and raised the bar for artists and promoters alike on an international stage.
Secret Walls is the world’s premier live illustration battle. Working in a similar way to Fight Club, Secret Walls battles are set up and promoted through word of mouth and social media with battles taking place between two individuals or teams of artists.
On Monday November 6, Melbourne will once again play host to this prestigious event. Fighting it out at Melbourne’s The Vic Bar will see Callum Preston and Heesco vs. Jack Douglas and Unwell Bunny….
Callum Preston is Fitzroy based artist, illustrator, designer, videographer and gun for hire. His work is varied in nature, with both commercial projects and independent DIY spirited undertakings.
Heesco is a celebrated muralist and fine artist recognised for his stylistically diverse and prolific work on the streets. His experimental, emotive and genre defying artworks cross effortlessly between fine art, street art, and illustration. Born and raised in Mongolia, Heesco moved to Australia in 1999. Now, with a lengthy resume spanning well over 15 years of gallery exhibitions, private and public commissions, and various publications and projects under his belt, Heesco is a highly skilled craftsman with a unique concept driven vision all of his own. Heesco is the winner of 2017 Footscray Art Prize, 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize finalist, and the winner of Secret Walls 2011.
Heralding from the outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Jack Douglas grew up during a time when the mullet and happy pants were still in fashion. Propelled by this awesomeness, he drew great influence from Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, tattoo flash, skateboard graphics, comics and the artwork of Salvador Dali and MC Escher. During his teens, he discovered graffiti art and pop surrealism and the rest is history. The images he spews from his mind are often grotesque, creating a darkly humorous narrative for the whole family to enjoy.
Unwell Bunny’s work is of an urban nature, with an early history in graffiti. These days it looks to create a new visual space in both form and subject. Delving into feeling and abstraction, it draws from the subconscious to put forward a new interpretation of known imagery not only to appeal, but to disrupt, challenge and provoke.
Doors open at 6pm and with tickets selling like a Shepard Fairey print release you better not sleep! Tickets available here.
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