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Born in 1982, Elliot Francis Stewart is the third youngest of nine children and grew up in the Eastern Auckland suburb of Pakuranga. He spent his childhood engrossed in comic books and creating elaborately rendered drawings of galleon’s and scenes of war.
In 1996 his family relocated to the inner city neighbourhood of Grey Lynn and he attended the now defunct Auckland Metropolitan College, an alternative school where he met his tight-knit crew of friends who became known as the RFC (Rat Fink Club) crew.
Initially garnering a reputation for his often offbeat cartoon-based graffiti, Elliot became part of TMD (The Most Dedicated) in 2001 and quickly established himself as the foremost talent in character based work in aerosol. Furthermore his early shows at The Gully Lounge in St.Kevin’s Arcade and Disrupt Gallery, allowed him to showcase elaborate and influential illustrative works often created on found objects in common house paint and ballpoint pen.
Christchurch graffiti art legend Nick “Ikarus” Tam is one of the founding members of the city’s foremost graffiti art collective the DTR Crew. Ikarus lives and breathes the genre and has accumulated an almost encyclopedic knowledge of graffiti art. This knowledge, combined with his flawless clean-line style, makes him one of the city’s most respected artists. When Ikarus is not graffiti lettering, his artistic style leans more towards installation and sculpture work, exploring the pressures of operating on the fringes of society. The empathy within Ikarus’ art is also reflected in his youth work. He was instrumental in Christchurch’s Project Legit before it lost its home in the 2011 earthquake, working to channel the artistic expression of inner-city kids—many of whom were referred to the program by the Youth Justice Department. More recently, Ikarus has played a crucial role in fine-tuning the design and, alongside the rest of the DTR Crew, painting the Riverside Market Mural. The mural itself has quickly become a widely loved Christchurch landmark.
Kell Sunshine is a lettering artist, muralist, & illustrator from New Zealand, with a big love for Mother Earth
Kell’s creative style is characterised by bright fresh colour palettes and curvaceous forms, meticulously hand crafted lettering, and illustrative elements of flora and fauna. Her work often serves as a platform to promote the conservation of our natural environment.
Kell has been a feature artist in street art festivals throughout NZ and the world. She has spoken at a handful of conferences including Typism on the Gold Coast, 2018. Kell was the curator of the 2019 activation of Sea Walls – Artists for Oceans Tairāwhiti NZ, bringing 20 fresh murals to the town of Gisborne from renown international artists.
Kell does not engage in conversation before consuming coffee in the mornings but is henceforth a social creature. Things that make her happy include: Her pup, sunshine, seedlings, the sound of tropical rain, scuba diving, and the thought of being able to travel again.
Meep (Kophie Hulsbosch) is a Christchurch-based artist whose work spreads across a diverse range of fields, including graphic design, illustration, painting, graffiti and clothing design. This output is heavily influenced by hip hop culture, low-brow art and the issue of sustainability. A central intention in her work is the disruption of the status quo, reflected in her graffiti and her clothing brand Future Apparel which is a response to the mass production.
Koryu is a self-taught international artist who has been freelancing full-time since 2019. Koryu is originally from Japan and he has been exposed to street culture for a long time. He also worked in Japan as a professional Graphic Designer for a while. Since 2018 He has traveled to several countries to touch the new culture and trained in street art in Melbourne. These backgrounds lay the foundation for his artistry.
He provides mural work for community spaces, paints the canvas work, and performs as a live painter in the event. His paintings of animals, people, and plants are very delicate, full of originality and vibrant colors.
Realism Artist from the Manawatu specializing in Street Art, Tattoo, and Illustration.
His work predominantly centers around Animal-Realism, and in recent years has begun focusing on Animal portraiture and story-telling.
He created the ‘Stray Stories’ series, painting large scale portraits of stray cats who found their forever-homes in interesting places.
Though most of his murals reside in the north island, in 2021 he painted a collaborative mural with Sean Duffell in the heart of Blenheim, raising awareness for the Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust (MFCT).
The mural featured a portrait of a critically injured Karearea (NZ Falcon) called Kowhai, who’s story of rescue, revival and release epitomized the importance of the charity’s hard work.
Wongi’s interest in graffiti developed at a young age and for over 25 years he has watched the art form grow from virtual non-existence to a blossoming, pervasive creative influence across New Zealand.
Wongi has played a major role in the transformation of graffiti art in Otautahi Christchurch and is synonymous with the rise of street art muralism in the city. From media coverage to featuring in documentaries and various publications as well as festivals, his murals have served to transform hundreds of walls throughout the city and beyond.