Time Out asked street artist Rone to show us his favourite gems in our city's backstreets
Ever seen one of the massive posters of a woman’s face in the backstreets of Fitzroy and Collingwood? That’s Rone’s doing – a founding member of Everfresh, the internationally recognised group of artists that pretty much legitimised street art in Melbourne.
As Rone continues to dress Melbourne’s streets with his faces, his latest milestones have been within the gallery walls: a work was acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia and pieces exhibited in his last Melbourne show sold out before the show even opened.
We asked Rone to show us where his top five pieces of street art are hidden in Melbourne.
Where: Langridge Street, near Smith Street
What: Three giant old men faces
Rone: "This was all done from the ground without a ladder using an extension pole and found paint."
Where: Budd Street (between Easey and Keele Streets)
Rone: "TwoOne is a Japanese artist living in Melbourne – a master of composition. One of the hardest working artists I know and by the look of this wall it's paying off."
Who: Reka, TwoOne, and Ghostpatrol
Where: Johnston Street (near corner of Wellington Street on the northeast side)
What: A mural featuring a Gameboy and spray can
Rone: "Three local guys going large. I really love it when an artist makes full use of the scale of a wall."
Who: Keith Haring
Where: Johnston Street (near corner of Wellington Street, southwest side)
What: Mural of dancing bodies
Rone: "This was done before the term "street art" even existed. Keith was a pioneer of what we are doing now, it's a real honour to have such a huge piece of his right here in Melbourne."
Where: Hosier Lane
Rone: "This laneway has literally been repainted hundreds of times, yet Phibs' work, which looks like a temple on the front of Misty Bar, has never been touched. Not even the most famous street artists in the world who have come past there have lasted nearly this long."