Unsurprisingly 'grafitti' is Italian and very similar to the ear as 'confetti' and 'gelati'. They're words with exuberant connotations that have acquired a different, muddier, meaning. Especially 'grafitti'. More recently it has come to be associated with spray paint and marker pens used for the tagging of buildings, walls and public transport. While most of it is run of the mill scrawl, every now and then artists elevate the lesser work with stand-out results. I was captivated this illustration I spotted in Brunswick this week.
Unlike the formidable Banksy, it wasn't even signed which is a shame because within such anonymity, a truly talented artist is at large. It's only a small work - around life size - yet I found it as compelling as anything I've recently seen in any of the major institutional galleries.
There's a generosity in such work too where the creator seeks no payment or recognition. It's just one of the images I've photographed where the artist has captured the original Italian meaning and intent of the unauthorised, defiant rendering in a public space.
It seems to take the notion of innocent art to another level and is captured in a not dissimilar way to our portraits 'Waiting For Sweetie' and 'You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby'. These portraits, and the one above, have a dream-like quality reversed out of black.