Brisbane Canvas

Brisbane Canvas introduces a rich range of innovative and imaginative commissioned street art to walls, pillars and bridge structures in Brisbane; enlivening our public spaces and celebrating our creative scene.

The 2018-19 program delivered curator-led, high calibre contemporary artworks to five sites across Brisbane, including the delivery of two high profile contemporary artworks in Bowen HIlls and South Brisbane, alongside three artworks in Windsor, Sunnybank and Bellbowrie. 

Council is supportive of the local arts industry and Brisbane Canvas provides opportunities for a growing creative community.

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Recent artworks

Breakfast Creek Road - Bowen Hills

Elliott Routledge’s Ebb & Flow (2019) can be seen on Breakfast Creek Road, Bowen Hills (near Skyring Terrace intersection).
 

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Inspired by the topography of the Breakfast Creek and the contemporary nature of the area, Elliott Routledge’s Ebb and Flow (2019) uses traced topography over a collage of patterns and abstract forms. Movement is further emphasised through colour gradient changes across the work.

Watch a timelapse video (49 seconds long) of this artwork being painted.

Dock Street - South Brisbane

Nadia Aguilar Hernandez’s Like the Air I Breathe (Como El Aire Que Respiro) (2019) is located on the retaining wall which was built as part of the South Brisbane to Kangaroo bikeway upgrade. 

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The artwork pays homage to our ecosystem: our earthly home. A call for unity and togetherness, bold positive shapes resonate across the mural to rejuvenate the passer by. Whether you are on a CityCat, bike or simply taking a stroll, quasi-human forms are sure to invite you into the painted surreal landscape, echoing wildly and urging you to breathe and reflect.

It can be seen as you depart from the Maritime Museum Ferry Terminal or as you walk along the Cliffs Boardwalk.

Moggill Road - Bellbowrie

Xana Denruyter’s Living organism (2019) can be seen as you travel past 3185-3155 Moggill Road, Bellbowrie.
 

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The artwork represents a cohesive and healthy flora eco system. Celebrating the Bellbowrie area, the mural encourages discovery of the depicted colours, shapes and creatures in the surrounding landscape, fostering a fascination with nature. The artwork gives commuters a chance to contemplate nature and leave them with a sense of wellbeing.

Lutwyche Road - Windsor

Buff Diss’s Birds of Paradise (2019) can be seen on the QR underpass abutments either side of 235 Lutwyche Road, Windsor.

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Buff Diss uses pixilation of the Bird of Paradise flower as inspiration for the colour palette and form for the mural Birds of Paradise (2019). The line work overlaying the design involves a stylised contour mapping of sites surrounding Breakfast Creek.

Mains Road - Sunnybank

Brontë Naylor’s The Collection (2019) can be viewed along 147 Mains Road, Sunnybank.
 

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Bronte Naylor’s The Collection (2019) collage mural depicts the old Oasis Tourist Gardens, a much-loved place that exhibited a collection of local and exotic flora and natural artefacts. The design portrays these relics as a tribute to Sunnybank’s history with the colour palette inspired by the tones of the Oasis Tourist Gardens’ butterfly and shell collection.

Telegraph Road - Fitzgibbon

Cezary Stulgis and Benjamin Reeve’s Flying Foxes (2018) can be viewed at the Bracken Ridge BMX facility located at 523 Telegraph Road, Fitzgibbon.

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The artwork is a nod to the areas local environment and history, with imagery of pineapples, fruit bats, telegraph poles and bracken fern. Using a nostalgic 80’s palate and sketches of freestyle trick riders, the work captures a sense of movement and adventure.

Previous artworks

Windsor Road - Red Hill

Sophie Mary Mac's You're an Incredible Combination of Things (2018) can be seen on Windsor Road, Red Hill and is best viewed from the inbound lane.
 

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Using fauna and flora native to the Red Hill and inner Brisbane suburbs, with a quote from Nick Earl’s novel Zig Zag Street, the design communicates the relationship between the typography and illustrated native items and the balance between passion and playfulness. The artist describes the artwork as not only a notion of optimism to passers-by, but a love letter to Brisbane as a whole. The selected quote complements the mural site, located just a few metres away from the iconic street featured in the book.

Macquarie Street - Teneriffe

David Sargent's Lost & Found (2018) can be seen on Macquarie Street, Teneriffe and is best viewed using the public stairs connecting Macquarie and Chermside streets.

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The artwork is inspired by the area’s urban renewal changes, where Teneriffe was ‘lost’ to Newstead in the 70’s, only to be ‘found’ again when reinstated as a suburb in 2010. Sargent’s Lost & Found is a playful take on the theme of optimism – often required when hoping to find something lost.  The pattern and lettering are an energetic contemporary take on the art deco architecture and typography that remains within Teneriffe and surrounding areas.

View Street - Annerley

Daniel Brook's Ice-cream dreams (2018) can be seen on View Street, Annerley.

 

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Daniel Brook has engaged colour and movement to create a pastel landscape of bubbles and candy. The light-hearted artwork communicates a universal view of nostalgia and positivity through child-like symbols.

Moggill Road - Pinjarra Hills

Deb Mostert's Free Form Birds (2018) can be seen on the retaining walk below the Bolton Clarke Fairview Retirement Village on Moggill Road, Pinjarra Hills.

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The artwork depicts a quirky and whimsical combination of animal and domestic objects, engaging personal associations towards both subjects. The hopefulness assured by a Tawny Frogmouth baby bird juxtaposes the familiar and humble aluminium teapot that graced every kitchen from the 40’s to the 70’s. Everyone remembers with fondness the teapot Grandma had.

Bridgeman Road - Bridgeman Downs

David Houghton's Froglife (2018) can be seen on Bridgeman Road, Bridgeman Downs near the intersection of Beams and Bridgeman roads.

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The fun colourful wall depicts frogs found in parts of north Brisbane, in particular, the Pine River region. Houghton has created colourful horizontal movement across the wall, encouraging viewers to find frogs within the artwork. David’s design uses the calming and grounding benefits of nature to provide a positive outlook within an otherwise busy world.

Greendale Way - Carindale

Carley Cornelissen's Birdland (2018) can be seen on Greendale Way, Carindale closest to the creek overpass near Greendale Way Park.

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Using a mixed media process, artist Carley Cornelissen is inspired by experimentation, colour and pattern. The artwork reflects the artist’s daydreams of an idyllic paradise where birds and animals live together with no fear of threat from humans. Their habitats are untouched, colourful and bright.

Hoyland Street - Bald Hills

James Alley's Metropicalis (2018) can be seen on the sound barriers along Hoyland Street, Bald Hills close to Harold Kielly Park.
 

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James Alley is a Brisbane-based artist who engages with themes relating to identity and elements influencing society. Alley uses depictions of the human and animal figure, intersected with patterns and shapes. Connection, community and culture are specific issues considered in his work.

Cornwall Street - Greenslopes

Kirsten Baade's Pods (2018) can be seen on the traffic bridge pylons under the Pacific Motorway on Cornwall Street, Greenslopes.
 

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Pods is inspired by seedpods and the tessellating patterns found in nature. It embraces the ideas of hope, growth and renewal.

Kirsten Baade has a love of all things bright and colourful. She has an intellectual and creative curiosity in subjects involving art, design and music.

As a Brisbane local, Kirsten’s artwork can be found across Brisbane on traffic signal boxes. Recently Kirsten participated in SWELL Sculpture Festival and Currumbin Wildlife Foundation’s Animals With Attitude Trail.

Boundary Street - Brisbane City

Guido van Helten's Untitled (2017) can be seen on Boundary Street, Brisbane City.

 

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The artwork responds visually to the theme ‘Brisbane open hearted’ by bringing together memories and familiar childhood reflections using floral associations such as the jacaranda. The featured hand design references the ‘bounding’ of Brisbane together on a street that historically represented separation.

Thornton Street underpass entry walls - Kangaroo Point

Jess Kease (23rd Key)'s Tropical Flora (2017) can be seen on the entry walls of the Thornton Street underpass in Kangaroo Point.

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Hibiscus and frangipani flowers are used in many cultures to welcome visitors while foliage, represented by the monstera leaves, symbolises shelter and shade. The artwork transforms the Thornton Street underpass bringing the seasons of spring and summer through vibrant blooms and foliage

Walker Street - Taringa

Adam Busby's Portrait of a Dynamic Future (2017) can be seen on the abutment walls of the Rokeby Terrace overpass on Walker Street, Taringa.
 

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Portraying diversity in culture and gender, two faces gaze at each other from opposite bridge pillars, with an equal understanding. Pursuing to evoke the idea of diversity for the future of Brisbane, the background shapes are dynamic in form, colour and position, while leaving space for personal, cultural and conceptual meaning and interpretation. This inspiring and uplifting artwork, encourages discussion around what the future can look like.

Mains Road - Sunnybank

Vanghoua Anthony's B e y o n d a n O a s i s (2017) can be seen on Mains Road, Sunnybank.

 

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Once a premier tourist destination with the Oasis Tourist Gardens, Sunnybank is now a thriving multicultural ‘oasis’ for locals and visitors. Drawing on shapes and forms from Sunnybank’s rich heritage, bustling present, and future aspirations are integrated with Irish and Chinese proverbs. This vibrant mural reflects Brisbane’s openness to intercultural engagement and exchange, which will continue to contribute to Brisbane’s vibrancy and dynamism.

Wynnum Road - Morningside

Thirawut Bunyasakseri's Untitled (2017) can be viewed on Wynnum Road, Morningside.
 

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The artwork, borrows characters from the famous mythology "Ramayana", portraying figures delightfully dancing and lifting up the land above their shoulders. The mural seeks to harmonise those who are passers-by with the surrounding environment.

Jubilee Terrace - Bardon

Melanie Mons Wolff's Samsara (2017) can be seen on the intersection of Jubilee Terrace and Coopers Camp Road, Bardon.

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Inspired by how the flux, the infinite nature of landscapes, can allow for new appropriations, new identities and new projects, Samsara (2017) portrays the vigorous growth-decline-growth cycles of flora and fauna that occur in Bardon. The mural depicts the cycle’s vitality and beauty, mirroring the constant change in the local area.

Coronation Drive pillars - Milton

Matt Stewart's Evolution (2016) can be seen on the Coronation Drive Pillars, Milton.
 

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Inspired by Cirque Du Soleil, the viaduct and adjacent Bicentennial Bikeway river walk area, is transformed with the vibrant, dynamic, colourful murals to four pillars of the Coronation Drive overpass.

Dock Street - Brisbane City

Noke's The Birds (2016) can be seen on Dock Street, Brisbane City.

 

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In 'The Birds' (2016) artist Noke, who associates images of birds with special memories, urges observation of birds, acknowledging time and place. The artwork acts as a reminder of the importance of nature in everyday life.

Arch Lane - Brisbane City

Frank and Mimi's If only you knew (2015) can be seen in Arch Lane, Brisbane City.

 

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The artwork reflects on Brisbane's envied subtropical climate and natural environment and acknowledges Brisbane's place as a gateway to the world's largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef. Brisbane’s vibrancy is portrayed through the colour palette exuding approachability and warmth, using monochromatic tones in the text and background.

Kelvin Grove Road - Inner City Bypass overpass walls

Kyle Jenkins' Position #51 (outbound wall) and Position #52 (inbound wall) (2015) can be seen on Kelvin Grove Road.

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The murals respond to the underpass site as well as to the wider Brisbane Central Business District. The works depict various shapes and forms based around technology information, human interconnectedness, architecture and urban design.

Milton Road - Milton

Thomas Jackson's Follow the Leader (2015) can be seen along Milton Road, Milton.


 

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Due to the proximity to the Brisbane River, this artwork brings elements of nature to remind people of the site's history as a thriving bushland. Although the Goliath Rhinoceros beetle is not native to Australia, it has an intensely distinguishable appearance. The artwork features the iconic Murray Cod and river branches where this fish lives.

King George Square Car Park and Turbot Street pillars 

Jumbo's Tropical Still Life (2015) can be seen on the entry walls of King George Square Car Park and Turbot Street overpass pillars, Roma Street, Brisbane City.

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Tropical Life (2015) takes cues from retro modernism and blends this with the uniqueness of a subtropical locale. The artwork is the artist's interpretation of the interior of a 1970s Queenslander adorned with ornaments and small sculptures beside green leafy elements of the subtropical outdoors. Inspired by the colours of Brisbane, the palette expresses the city's vibrancy.  

View larger versions of these images in the Brisbane Canvas Outdoor Galleries Flickr album.

Want to see more street art? Check out some of the works created during the Brisbane Street Art Festival 2018.

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Last updated:11 September 2019
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