Fintan Magee

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Fintan Magee
NationalityAustralian
Known forStreet painting
Large mural painted by Fintan Magee in Kiev, Ukraine.
Mural by Fintan Magee in Djerbahood, Tunisia[1]

Fintan Magee is an Australian street artist known for his murals throughout Australia and the world. Born in Lismore New South Wales he grew up in Brisbane, gaining a reputation as a graffiti writer before obtaining a fine arts degree and relocating to Sydney.

He has been described as ‘Australia’s Banksy'[2][3][4] by a number of media outlets although Magee has stated in various interviews that he hates this and has stated it's a result of 'lazy journalism'.

His work often deals with environmental issues, in 2015 his solo show at Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne was themed around his own personal experiences in the 2011 Brisbane floods.[5] He often uses personal stories to talk about broader issues like climate change and the migrant crisis.

He received national acclaim for his mural depicting Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane,[6] and has participated in various public art festivals in Australia and abroad. Along with other recognised street artists from around Australia, Magee contributed to Toowoomba's "First Coat" program.[7]

Family background[edit]

Fintan has Irish, English and Australian ancestry, his father is from Derry in Northern Ireland and his mother is English born. His maternal grandfather, who was from Woollahra in Sydney, had an Architectural practice in Ghana, West Africa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben Cheikh, Mehdi (2015). Djerbahood : le musée de street art à ciel ouvert. Albin Michel.
  2. ^ "This 'Australian Banksy' Mural Is a Gigantic Optical Illusion". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  3. ^ "Fintan Magee - North West Walls". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  4. ^ "Australian Banksy Fintan Magee Hits His Mark with Wild Optical Illusion | artnet News". 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  5. ^ "Fintan Magee: art flooded with memory". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  6. ^ Fintan Magee creates arresting street art tribute to Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane by Erinna Giblin (News.com.au, 26 October 2012)
  7. ^ Toowoomba's streets of art by Kate Stark (Queensland Country Life, 1 March 2014)

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External links[edit]

Google Map of Fintan Magee murals in Sydney Australia