Phillip Island Street Art

Phillip Island street art is a perfect showcase of the island's history and it's natural attractions.

Eastern barred bandicoot mural at Churchill Island Heritage Farm

 Wall Art at Churchill Island Heritage Farm (Artist - Jimmy Dvate)

Graffiti as we know it started with tagging on walls and trains by gangs in New York in the 1920’s and 30’s and was continued by the subversive culture of 1960’s with initials or name. It became more mainstream in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

But it has, in fact, been around for centuries with graffiti found on walls in Pompeii. Before that, graffiti was scratched on the walls of caves – think of the Lascaux Caves in France.

Although now tied to the paint spray-can, which was invented in 1949, graffiti artists can use different mediums such as pen or chalk.

As in all art, styles evolve, with stencils now part of the spray-can art form, being made famous by British artist, Banksy.

Laneway art off Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island

Phillip Island Street Art off Thompson Avenue, Cowes (Artists - Tommy Murray White & Darren Henderson)

Graffiti is more to mark territory or as a message to the artist’s contemporaries. It carries no message for the general public.

Street art, however, uses the tools of graffiti to send a message. The artists want the public to engage with their work and to discuss it – just like a painting in a gallery. It now often has a political or societal meaning.

And it still asks the question – Is it vandalism or is it art?

Graffiti and street art have now become so mainstream that you can find it in fashion and for sale in galleries.

The parish hall of St Philips's Church, Cowes
Part of the mural at St Philips Parish Hall, Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Part of the Mural on the St Philips Church Parish Hall, Cowes (Artist - Paul Woodford)

Street art has become a main tourist attraction of Melbourne as well as other major cities of the world.

And it has now become a drawcard on Phillip Island!

Apart from the well-known wall art off Thompson Avenue near Pino’s Trattoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks has commissioned wall art at The Nobbies Visitor Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm.

The parish hall at St Philips Church tells the island’s history on a mural along its side.

What other Phillip Island street art can you find?

Street art near Pinos Trattoria, Phillip Island

Street Art Behind Pinos Trattoria, Cowes (Artist Unknown)

Mural by Phillip Island Murals at Fig and Olive Restaurant, Cowes.

At Fig and Olive Restaurant, Cowes (Artist - Phillip Island Murals)

Street art at Cowes Tandoori Indian Restaurant
Street art at Cowes Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Phillip Island
Part of the facade of Cowes Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Phillip Island

Murals by Phillip Island Murals at Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Cowes (Artist - Phillip Island Murals)

After fire destroyed the building on this spot in Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Priceline had a very appropriate mural painted along their wall.

Part of a mural in Cowes, Phillip Island, showing Albert Einstein.
Mural in Cowes, Phillip Island, depicting Sir Isaac Newton.

Priceline Mural in Thompson Avenue, Cowes (Artist - Phillip Island Murals)

Mostly used for car parking, Olive Justice Place, now has a beautiful mural (below) to attract passersby.

Mural in Olive Justice Place, Cowes.

Mural at Olive Justice Place, Cowes (Artist - Eirian Chapman)

Mural in The Concourse, Cowes (Artist Unknown)

The Koala Conservation Reserve has added a lovely mural by artist Jimmy Dvate, which shows endangered Australian birds and animals.

A mural at the Koala Conservation Reserve, Phillip Island, showing a koala and birds.
Mural of trees and grasses on brick wall.

 Wall Mural for Retailer, Tyde (Artist - Lindy Yates)

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