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Project 5 Volume 7: FINTAN MAGEE

Born in Lismore NSW, Fintan Magee moved to Brisbane as a child and began drawing shortly after. In his early teens he was exposed to Brisbane’s graffiti culture and began painting on walls.


Moving away from traditional graffiti in recent years, his large-scale murals often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city. Mixing surreal and figurative imagery, his paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss and transition, and contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children’s books.

He has traveled extensively completing projects in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Moscow, New York, Oslo and Dublin amongst others. His diligence, technical skill and progressive approach to painting have solidified his reputation as one of the leading figures in Australia’s Street Art and Contemporary Mural movements.


Project 5 Volume 7: VANS THE OMEGA


Born and based in Adelaide, South Australia, Vans The Omega is a self-taught artist who has been creating art and letterform across the globe for over two decades.

Whilst drawing from his major artistic influences of ancient scripts, architecture, engineering and the ideas of movement and balance, his works pay homage to the natural world through his use of colour. Vans The Omega’s attention to detail and pursuit of perfection within both his work and life itself have pushed him into the spotlight and earned him worldwide recognition for his artistic endeavors in graffiti and large-scale mural works.

Being well versed in design, photography, pattern making and moving image has enabled Vans The Omega a unique approach and style. His current works mix geometric and multi-dimensional shapes with seemingly intricate hand-painted patterns within figurative works. The overwhelming desire to reinvent his work and perfect his craft is a daily meditation that has become the focus of Vans The Omega’s life practice.


Project 5 Volume 7: GEMMA O’BRIEN


Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX, and Toby and Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator and artist in 2012. Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from small-scale calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type, to large-scale hand-painted murals. She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Heineken, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Angus and Julia Stone and The New York Times. A number of her typographic projects have been recognised by the New York The Type Directors Club with Awards of Typographic Excellence.


Project 5 Volume 7: APESEVEN


Apeseven is a self-proclaimed Pop Surrealist based in Sydney, Australia. His emotive works are informed by a decade-long career in street art and graffiti, and his large-scale murals, which are imbued with a poetic sensitivity that belies the rough reputation of his genre, can be found to grace walls across the city. His background in skateboarding has nurtured a unique relationship with the urban environment, which he embraces in the execution of his public works. Inspired by the effect the recontextualisation has on his subject matter, Apeseven’s work is currently founded on an interest in the complex bio-feedback driven loops involving skeletal structures.

Apeseven has been featured in close to one hundred group exhibitions since 2003, and publications including Yen Magazine, Cream Magazine and art books Rah Collective Book One and Just Another Book. He has held seven solo shows since 2005.