Melbourne artist Rone merges street art and fine art in this vivid series of sublime portraits. From new buildings to abandoned ruins, the artist uses careful layout and use of poignant expressions to merge his subjects into their surroundings. It’s a subtle juxtaposition which breathes life into the inanimate and coaxes beauty from even the most lost and forgotten corners of the world.
Many of these places were discovered by the artist during his skateboarding adventures, where graffiti would prove to be a constant backdrop and inspiration. After years of designing stencils, stickers and posters, Rone decided to super-size his work and paint directly on walls, taking his unique brand of stylized portraits to a whole new scale.
When asked about the inspiration behind his work, Rone makes no apologies for the powerful simplicity of what drives him to create.
“I paint because I love it, and it adds character to any inanimate object. Whether it is a wall or a footpath. It brings the streets to life.”All images courtesy of Rone. View more at his home page or visit him on Instagram .