Jimmy Dvate (pronounced D-V-8) is a renowned Australian contemporary artist, specialising in large scale murals. Painting on the streets of Melbourne since 1997 his name is synonymous with the graffiti and street art scenes and can be found all over the world. With key works in Adelaide and Melbourne Zoos, Phillip Island Nature Park, Darwin, Alice Springs, Wollongong, Benalla, Shepparton and more recently, not daunted by the scale of the works, silos at Rochester, Goorambat, Waikerie and Picola.
His reputation has led to overseas projects in Denmark, London, Belgium and Spain and the Amsterdam Street Art Museum. In America he has exhibited and painted in LA, SF, St Louis, Miami, NYC and Denver while his travels extended as far afield as Tahiti as runner-up in a global street art competition. Trained in graphic design and visual arts at Monash University, Jimmy’s work has a strong sense of design combined with the accuracy and eye for detail of photorealism. Underlying his most recent works is Jimmy’s passion for nature and the environment. Inspired by camping trips in the bush as a boy, Jimmy’s focus has increasingly turned to the natural world, especially to endangered species and victims of climate change. Working with numerous conservation groups has been a huge honour and has given him access to really special places and species.
He painstakingly researches the location of his works, ensuring that the flora and fauna are authentic and indigenous to the area. From rock wallabies to black cockatoos, Blue-tongued Lizards to Tasmanian Devils, Jimmy’s work brilliantly conveys not only his careful research, but also his genuine passion for these creatures and his commitment to conservation. He truly captures the personalities of the subjects he paints with his accuracy and amazing use of colour.
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