The Melbourne-born Adnate has gained international recognition for his large-scale murals that depict people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. His work is characterised by a hyper-realistic style that captures the essence of his subjects with a striking level of detail and emotion. Through his art, Adnate explores the themes of identity, community, and cultural heritage, inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and perspectives. As a teenager, Adnate was drawn to graffiti and street art, and began experimenting with different styles and techniques. He was particularly interested in the idea of using art as a form of social commentary and activism and saw the potential of murals to connect with people in a powerful and meaningful way.
Adnate's breakthrough came in the mid-2000s when he began painting large-scale portraits of people from his local community. He quickly gained a reputation for his technical skill and ability to capture the essence of his subjects, and his murals soon began to appear on walls and buildings across Melbourne. Adnate's artistic style is characterised by a hyper-realistic approach that emphasises the individual features and expressions of his subjects. His works often depict people from indigenous or marginalised communities and are intended to celebrate and honour their unique cultures and histories. Adnate works primarily with spray paint, but also incorporates other materials such as acrylics, oils, and markers to achieve the desired effect.
One of the distinctive features of Adnate's work is his use of intricate patterns and textures to create depth and contrast in his murals. He often incorporates geometric shapes, indigenous motifs, and other decorative elements that are inspired by the cultural traditions of his subjects. This attention to detail and symbolism helps to convey the richness and complexity of the human experience and invites viewers to engage with the stories and perspectives of the people depicted in his work. Adnate is a talented artist whose work has made a significant impact on the urban art scene and beyond. Through his hyper-realistic murals, he celebrates the diversity and richness of human cultures, and invites viewers to engage with the stories and perspectives of the people depicted in his work. With his commitment to social activism and philanthropy, Adnate has demonstrated the transformative power of art to inspire change and create a more just and equitable world.
January 2023 - Sydney, Australia - Commissioned large scale mural celebrating the Dulux & Surf Life Saving Club Australia Partnership
November 2022 - Sydney Australia - ARIA Award winner, Best Album Cover Art for Baker Boy’s album “Gela”
November 2022 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned large mural the newBlack Panther Film “Wakanda Forever”
May 2021 - Heywood, Australia - Commissioned mural in collaboration with the Gunditjmara community and Tommy Day on the Heywood WaterTower.
April 2021 - Wodonga, Australia - Commissioned mural for City of Wodonga.
November 2020 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned mural in collaboration with the Wurundjeri Council and the Yarra City Council.
June 2020 - Far East Consortium - Collaborative exhibitioninstallation with Tibetan Artist Lobsang Dhoyou for Juddy Roller.
May 2020 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned Canvas for theLowitja Institute.
February 2020 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned mural for ArtsCentre Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
September 2019 -Perth, Australia - ‘The Adnate’ Art Series Hotel is launched, featuring a 25 storey Muraland many artworks.
May 2019 - Brisbane, Australia - Commissioned mural for BrisbaneStreet Art Festival.
May 2019 - Melbourne, Australia - National Gallery of Victoria,Large scale painting for Dulux Colour Awards.
December 2018 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned portrait by Mercedesfor the Mercedes Me Store.
September 2018 -Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned large scale 20 storey mural by Juddy Roller on Collingwoodhousing Estate.
July 2018 - Saint Nazaire, France - Commissioned Large Scale Muralfor Les Escales.
May 2018 - North Carolina, U.S.A. - Commissioned large scale Muralprojects by Marti Kotis.
February 2018 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned large scale Mural of9 portraits on the Aborigines Advancement League.
August 2017 - North Carolina, U.S.A. - Commissioned large scale Muralsrepresenting the local Native American “Lumbee” Tribe.
August 2017 - Wide Open Walls, Sacramento, California U.S.A. Commissioned large scaleMural for the Mural Art Festival.
May 2017 -Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, Sydney, Australia “Tomorrow’s Past” Solo Exhibition.
March 2017 - Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria, Australia - Exhibition with Rone and Mural in Goorambat Church as part of Wall to Wall Festival.
November 2016 - Silo Art Trail, Sheep Hills,Victoria, Australia Commissioned large scale Mural.
October 2016 - Finalist in the Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney, Australia.
May 2016 - Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia “Always Been Here” Solo Exhibition.
April 2016 - Warburton, Western Australian Desert - Commissioned Mural for theMelbourne University Eye Health Trachoma Campaign.
March 2016 - Wall to Wall Festival, Benalla, Australia - Commissioned large scale Mural for the Wall to Wall Street Art Festival.
March 2016 - Melbourne, Australia - Commissioned large scale Mural for the Melbourne Grand Prix.
November 2015 - Dharamsala, India - Invitation to meet the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for viewing of Adnate’swork.
October 2015 - Johannesburg, South Africa - Multiple commissioned large scalemurals for City of Gold Festival.
June 2015 - Australian High Commission, Singapore,Singapore Multiple commissioned large scale murals around the City.
May 2015 - ArtEquity/Nanda Hobbs Gallery, Sydney, Australia “Into The Sun” Solo Exhibition.
February 2015- Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia Acquisition by the Benalla ArtGallery.
February 2015 - Spectrum Street Art Festival,Christchurch, New Zealand Multiple Large Scale Murals.
January 2015 - Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla,Australia Group Exhibition.
December 2014 - Miami Art Basel, Miami USA MultipleLarge Scale Murals.
November 2014 -Brooklyn, New york Large Scale Mural.
September 2014 - Hasselt, Belgium Large Scale Mural.
May 2014 -Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia “Beyond the Lands” Solo Exhibition.
February 2013 - Archibald entry, Sydney, AustraliaPortrait of Indigenous Super Model Samantha Harris.
October 2012 - AWOL Crew, Melbourne, Australia“Fabric” Group Exhibition.
July 2012 - Metro Gallery, Melbourne, Australia MetroArt Award Finalist.
June 2012 - Rtist Gallery, Melbourne, Australia “LostCulture” Solo Exhibition.
October 2011 - Triple J Radio Winner for Nationalcompetition Outpost Street Art Festival, Sydney, Australia.
October 2011 - Stroke Festival, Berlin, Germany LiveMural Painting at the Festival.
September 2011 - Box 32 Gallery, Berlin, Germany“Point of View” Solo Exhibition.
February 2011 - National Gallery of Victoria,Melbourne, Australia Commissioned collaborative mural for the new NGV StudioGallery.
February 2011 - No Vacancy Gallery, FederationSquare, Melbourne, Australia “Signs of Life” Solo Exhibition
February 2010 - No Vacancy Gallery, QV Building, Melbourne,Australia - “Demand Attention” SoloExhibition
February 2009 - Catalan Adjustment Gallery, Barcelona,Spain - “Dualidad” collaborativeexhibition with Spanish artist Panor
June 2007 - Spanish Festival Event, Barcelona SpainCollaborative mural, approximately 15m long
March 2006 - Panic Gallery, Melbourne, Australia - Featured in Extempore GroupExhibition