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Renew Participants: Rus Kitchin

Rus Kitchin Studio : Shop 4/63 Fitzroy Street, St.Kilda.
painting | digital artwork | graffiti | street art

Local artist Rus Kitchin generates visual worlds that inhabit painting and digital works, imbuing them with a sense of forlorn beauty, mythological odysseys and notions of rescue, retrieval, and resuscitation. His practice operates out of a space that is part
culture jamming, part intervention, and part reinvention.

His early street work is well documented in the book Kingsway-The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti. Kitchin has a Diploma in Public Art from RMIT and in 2007 completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He is the first Australian street artist to paint in the National Gallery of Victoria and has been exhibiting his work since 1991.

In 2018 he was a finalist in Australia’s prestigious Blake Prize, and he was recently commissioned by the newly opened, W Hotel in Melbourne to adorn their foyer with a monumental lenticular multi-media backlit digital artwork.

”All these new fabulous relationships that I haven’t had operating within the commercial gallery context for over 10 years have afforded me the chance to connect directly with new audiences”

Rus Kitchin on being part of Renew Fitzroy Street Project