Adnate is a street artist from inner Melbourne, which means unlike other graffiti writers, he was barely exposed to trains. For him, it always was, and still is about painting on the streets.
At the age of 10, Adnate dropped his first tag, but it wasn't until he was in his teens that he met any real writers. "Naturally, I became best mates with my painting partners and still am. My parents are very creative too, so I guess it’s always been around me from my friends to family," he explained.
The past few years have seen a change for Adnate stylistically, seeing him move further away from the traditional graffiti style of painting letters. Currently he is painting realistic portraits whilst maintaining original textures on the wall or whatever the surface he is painting on. "I’m also trying to push boundaries, making people question my art by combining tagging (the most hated style of graffiti/street art) with fine art styles portrait," he added.
It would be impossible for Adnate to name all of his influences; however, he is currently into renaissance art. In particular, Caravaggio and other artists from that period who used chiaroscuro to create drama in their work.
Being one of the few artists in Australia currently painting realism with spray-paint makes him fresh in the scene. However, he doesn’t worry too much about that, stating, “I’m more pushing to succeed in producing the best work possible for my self and the collective I work with, AWOL.”
Recently, Adnate took part in the Outpost Project, an event that transformed the gritty industrial spaces of Cockatoo Island into an explosion of urban art. Adnate described the experience as wicked stating, "I've been to a lot of different street art festivals overseas and Outpost was definitely on a world class level. I hope that more of this stuff can happen, because although there are many well deserved artists who don’t get to be a part of it, in the end it benefits the whole scene, from graffiti to street art."
Having just done three solo shows in 2 years, including a recent exhibition in Berlin, Adnate wants to spend the summer painting outside, instead of in his studio. So people can expect walls, walls and more walls, along with more productions with his crew as well.