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The Castle on the Hill

Arts and Culture Frankston


Phone: 1300322842


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, playing in drains and exploring abandoned buildings. As he got older he managed to get into art school. He set up his first studio in 1996 in Prahran, and in 2001 as he was finishing his MFA at VCA he was lucky 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 the CBD. 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. With many major awards under his belt, including The Martin Bequest, Australia Council, The Pratt Family, Doyle has exhibited internationally and is in public and private collections worldwide, including The National Gallery of Australia and VCA.

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 Blender. This has had an incredible success rate. In 2012, ABC’s Artscape screened Subtopia, a two-part documentary that profiled Doyle and his unusual lifestyle. A documentary that the artist himself created, an artwork in the medium of suburbia, and in the medium of TV.

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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In 2019 I was part of an urban street art festival located in Frankston. The ‘Big Picture Festival’ runs every year and has artists from all over the world converge in the vicinity to paint. I was given a large wall with creative freedom, and this was a great opportunity 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 my conceptual obsession, I wanted to create an artwork that was an honest critique of the suburban dream.

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9A Thompson St, Frankston VIC 3199