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With such a large wall and creative freedom, Doyle wanted to play with the idea of creating fine art in a street art context. Having grown up in Frankston and with suburbia being a large component of his conceptual obsession, Doyle’s artwork is an honest critique of the suburban dream.

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Adrian Doyle is a Melbourne-based artist, best known for his paintings, murals, installations and large-scale public artworks.

Growing up in Frankston, Doyle began his art life scribbling on trains and exploring abandoned buildings. He attended art school and set up his first studio in 1996 in Prahran.  

In 2001, as he was finishing his Masters of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), he was fortunate enough to acquire the lease for 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne – which would become the home of the Blender Studios for the next 16 years. It was here that the foundations for both the Melbourne street art scene and Doyle’s own art career were laid.

The Blender Studios has been influential in the changing cultural landscape of Melbourne’s urban art movement, remaining as one of the last independent large-scale studios left in Melbourne city.

Over the last 16 years, Doyle has played a key role in the Australian fine art and street art scene with his work extending from solo exhibitions to large-scale commissioned public art and installations. Doyle has received many major awards under his belt, including those bestowed by The Martin Bequest, Australia Council and The Pratt Family.  He has exhibited internationally and his work is in public and private collections worldwide, including The National Gallery of Australia and the Victorian College of the Arts.

Currently completing his PhD on the impact that urban art has made on the fine art scene in Melbourne, he has enabled and supported young and emerging artists who have opted to skip University and instead learn at the Blender Studios. This pathway has had an incredible success rate. In 2012, ABC’s Artscape screened Subtopia, a two-part documentary that profiled Doyle and his unusual lifestyle.

He also controversially painted the whole of Rutledge Lane, Empty Nursery Blue.  

‘I just wanted it to look like a giant empty swimming pool’ professed Doyle, who reclaimed the iconic shade of blue as his visual identity or ‘tag’.  It lasted 1 hour, took 250 litres of paint, two generators, spray guns and a scissor lift, was featured in the New York Times and BBC, and to this day, still polarizes both the fine art community and the street art and graffiti community.

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