Harmony – Guido van Helten

Artist Statement

Through creating mural works on a large scale since 2013, my current practice has evolved into an exploration of human identity in connection with our urban environment under the broader topic of architectural Sociology. Through this exploration, I am approaching public mural projects through photography and community engagement in an effort to uncover human stories and a site-specific connection to place.

These works explore this relationship through interactive human imagery that aims to represents an interpretation of movement and form shaped around site-specific architectural influence.

Artist Bio: Guido van Helten is an Australian artist working in the field of large-scale public works through the mediums of painting and photography. Born in Canberra and growing up in inner city Melbourne Australia, the artist was influenced at a young age by traditional graffiti movements leading to an early introduction aerosol at a young age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking at Southern Cross University, Guido began the development of his contemporary work now closely aligned with the movement of large-scale muralism across the world.

Guido’s work has progressed in line with an interest in travel, photography and an analysis of human stories, sociology and architecture in connection with the urban landscape. Receiving attention for his work in regional communities around Australia, Guido was nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 for his work in the community of Brim, Victoria. He has worked on large commissions across Australia as well as internationally in the UK, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the US.

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