I’m going to credit my Melbournian buddy Eddie Zammit of T-World with putting me onto the artistic prowess of that city’s famous Everfresh crew. I think it’s safe to say you could hardly be into Australian street art without having heard of the talented team which includes members Sync, Phibs, Reka, Rone, Wanderlust, Prizm, Meggs, Makatron, and The Tooth. It was great seeing some of them working in person during Pow! Wow! 2013, just over a year back. In line with all reports, the guys were killing the mural game with undeniable style. I introduced myself and they were even nice enough to stop and make small talk even though I was probably the 1000th person to say hi. So it is with tremendous pleasure that the incredibly gifted Rone was kind enough to stop improving walls for long enough to answer some questions here. Be sure to follow him on Instagram in order to keep up with the masterpieces.
Where are you today? Home- I just got back from 6 week trip that went something like; Taipei, Melbourne, Montreal, Brisbane, Miami, Nashville, Memphis, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and somewhere in Mexico.
Wow! What are you working on? Hundreds of emails I have ignored for 6 weeks. But then I plan to start on a new exhibition.
What was your introduction to art like? I always liked art but when I moved to Melbourne and I saw the graffiti I was hooked.
Are you self-taught or formally educated? I studied design but never art.
At which point did you decide to make a career/life of it? It was a social thing I did for almost 10 years before I went full time.
What are some of the ideas you’re exploring in your work? I try to capture the raw and delicate contrast of beauty and decay. Trying to find that balance. It came from when I was doing paste-ups. I realised once they had decayed on the street for some time, they would have a real character that was much more interesting than what I first stuck on the wall.
Where do you find inspiration? Mostly from what I see on my travels. Walls like this are a perfect example of what I love.
You’ve worked with some impressive projects, institutions, co-collaborators, etc – is there anything you’d consider a major highlight so far? Institution-wise I have been honoured to work with the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallerey of Victoria. But my work has taken me all over the world. I think my first PowWow Hawaii was definitely a defining moment in self-progress.
What’s next – what are your goals for the future? I have a real hard time with predicting what’s next. 10 years ago I didn’t even know a single person who was a full-time artist. Now many of my friends do this full-time on an international scale.
Any upcoming projects or exhibitions people can look out for?
Solo Exhibition in Melbourne this October.