ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Scott Marsh (b. 1984) is an Australian fine artist who picked up his first spray can at the age of 12 and begin tagging the streets of his Sydney neighbourhood. In his teens, his focus turned to train carriages. He embarked on several tours of railyards across the globe, forging a reputation as one of the most talented graffiti writers of his generation and taking the so-called Sydney-style to bold new levels.

In 2009, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting, at the UNSW COFA (College of Fine Arts) and soon after began receiving commissions for large scale commercial murals.

As a leading figure in the rise of graffiti-based art, Marsh’s works are sought after by international collectors. His paintings are created with both brush and spray-can, exemplifying traditional techniques in oils and acrylics, combined with late-1990s street-art. His use of complex layering to create depth and texture, combined with a razor-sharp eye for colour - honed from years of putting up illegal pieces on trains - has resulted in one of the most interesting and dynamic fusions in Australian fine art.

Marsh’s subject matter is similarly refreshing; a juxtaposition of classic ‘high-art’ themes (still life, and the female nude) with contemporary motifs derived from his years as a graffiti writer. His current floral series, takes familiar Australian flora and presents it with his former ‘tools of the trade’; spray-cans and bolt cutters. While Marsh is obviously working with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, the result is none-the-less beautiful for it.

His political murals, rendered on an enormous scale, have garnered world-wide attention, dealing with issues as diverse as liquor-licencing laws (Casino Mike, 2016), to environmentalism (Reef Killers, 2017) and Marriage Equality (Bride of Tony Abbott, 2017).

Marsh is also at once fascinated and repulsed by the cult of celebrity. Kanye Loves Kanye (2015) a gargantuan image of pop star Kanye West embracing himself, went viral, attracting the attention of international media.

Artists CV
1984, Sydney, Australia 

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Australian Graffiti
2015 Savoir Fauire, Goodspace, Sydney
2013 Second Life, The Tate, Sydney
2012 States of Mind, Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney
Road to Ruin, Gallery Five, Crown Lane, Wollongong


Selected Group Exhibitions
2016     The Anointed Few, Piermarq Gallery, Sydney
             Late Greats, Goodspace, Sydney
             Rappers On Bags, Goodspace, Sydney
2015     12 x 12, The Stockroom, Melbourne
             Until Next Time, The Tate, Sydney
             Matthew Gillett Gallery, Scarborough
2014     Concrete Jungle – Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick
             Stockroom, The Tate x The Hours, Sydney
             B&W, The Tate, Sydney
2013     Wonder Walls, The Hours x Stupidkrap
             4 Letter Word, Low-Fi Collective, Sydney
2012     Love Street Bandits, Lo-Fi Collective, Sydney

Selected Commissions and Live Events
 

2017

             Roadshow IT, Sydney

              Centuria, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney

              Red Stripe, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane 

           

2016    

             Lady Hampshire Hotel, Sydney

             Revlon, Sydney

             Factory Theatre, Sydney

             Paramount Pictures TMNT2, Sydney

             Art and About, City of Sydney
             Lord Gladstone Hotel, Chippendale
             Centuria Property Group, Brisbane
2015     Beams Arts Festival, Chippendale
             Spice Alley, Sydney
             Scissorhands, Newtown
             Flour Drum, Sydney
             Colliers International, Sydney
             Mecca Brands, Urban Decay Launch, Sydney
             Chur Burger, Sydney
2014     Reebok Australia #pump25, Sydney
             Beams Arts Festival, Chippendale
             Spotify Australia, Sydney
2013     Wonder Walls Festival, Wollongong
             Marquee at the Star, Sydney
             Beams Art Festival/Red Bull Curates, Chippendale
             Semi Permanent/The Hours, The Projects, Sydney
2012     Redbull goes to Rio, Alexandria
             Drinks Fest (Redbull), Circular Quay
             Future Music Festival, Randwick Racecoure
2011      Outpost Project, Cockatoo Island

Selected Collections
Redbull Australia, Alexandria
Balmoral Beach Club, Sydney
Spotify Australia, Sydney
The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Randwick

Public Programs ad Education
2016 Five Islands Secondary college mural program, Port Kembla
2015 Five Islands Secondary college mural program, Port Kembla
2014 Warrawong High School Mural Program, Wollongong
Western Sydney Aboriginal Medical Service, Hepatitis C Awareness Program, Blacktown Sydney
Drawing the Line Art Month, Maclemoi Gallery, Chippendale
Street Art Master Class Art Month, Sydney

Selected Press

2017

Triple J's Hack http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/scott-marsh-mural/8893108

Daily Telegraph http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/prolific-street-artist-scott-marsh-depicts-george-michael-as-saint-george-in-larger-than-life-mural-in-erskineville/news-story/c93ddb47394f803af7e9d537ee8b2ed0

Brisbane times https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/antiadani-artist-paints-betoota-advocate-article-on-fortitude-valley-bar-wall-20170801-gxn9tg.html

Courier Mail http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/greens-under-fire-over-offensive-palaszczuk-mural/news-story/e15c0401b782a917287dfc0268294ce4

Sydney Morning Herald http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/graffiti-artist-scott-marsh-morphs-mike-baird-into-malcolm-turnbull-20170429-gvvcbz.html

 

2016
ABC Illawarra, Mornings with Nick Rheinberger. 6.5.16                                                                                         Win News, 7.4.16
2UE. On the drive, Bill Woods, 24.3.16
ABC702, Breakfast with 702, 5.4.16
9 News http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/04/10/10/39/kanye-loves-kanye-mural-snapped-up-by-unknown-buyer
ABC News http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-09/kanye-loves-kanye-print-sold-for-$100,000/7313534
Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3508875/Naked-Kim-Kardashian-mural-removed-Sydney-council-adjacent-painting-husband-Kanye-West-passionately-kissing-allowed-stay.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3515097/Artist-painted-mural-Kanye-West-kissing-Sydney-street-says-ll-paint-rapper-gives-100-000.html                                                                                                                     
Telegraph UK http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/03/30/kanye-west-offers-to-pay-artist-to-remove-mural-of-star-kissing/
 Vice http://noisey.vice.com/blog/kanye-west-making-out-with-himself-mural
US Weekly http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kanye-west-makes-out-with-himself-in-massive-mural-w199386
Complex (USA) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNxFbfZvNBQ http://au.complex.com/music/2016/03/check-out-this-20-foot-mural-mural-of-kanye-kissing-himself
Cosmopolitan UK (UK) http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/entertainment/news/a42148/kanye-kissing-mural-artist-scott-marsh/?utm_content=bufferd6e33&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Mashable  http://mashable.com/2016/03/19/kanye-kissing-kanye-mural/#U0nt.jzOK8q3
Daily Telegraph Sydney (AUSTRALIA) http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/inner-west/kanye-west-times-two-takes-on-wife-kim-kardashian-in-rival-murals-as-sydney-and-melbourne-compete-for-global-recognition/news-story/386138b00853606fb2672ed250672c86
Buzzfeed http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanbautista/hey-sydney-theres-a-mural-featuring-kanye-making-15ms2
Huffpost http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/kanye-west-kissing-mural_us_56eef338e4b084c6722090d7?section=australia
NY Daily news (USA) http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/artist-paints-mural-kanye-west-making-article-1.2573178
Perez Hilton http://perezhilton.com/tag/scott_marsh/
The guardian http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/mar/24/classic-sydney-council-orders-removal-of-two-storey-nude-kim-kardashian-mural
Elle http://www.elle.com.au/news/zeitgeist/2016/3/kanye-west-mural-sydney-scott-marsh/
Irish Examiner (UK) http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/there-is-a-mural-of-kanye-west-snogging-himself-and-it-is-just-everything-726007.html/
Metro Netherlands http://www.metronieuws.nl/xl/raar/2016/03/kanye-zoent-zichzelf-in-levensgroot-graffitiwerk
Kiss 100 (Kenya) https://kiss100.co.ke/117596-2/
Arts Blog (Italy) http://www.artsblog.it/post/134099/kanye-west-bacia-se-stesso-in-un-murale-di-scott-marsh
Catraca Livre (Bazil) https://catracalivre.com.br/geral/cidadania/indicacao/kanye-west-beija-a-si-mesmo-em-mural-realizado-na-australia/
2015
Bonafide Bedfellows http://thebonafidebedfellows.com/tag/scott-marsh/
No Cure Magazine (Brisbane) http://www.nocuremagazine.com/no-cure-blog/2015/6/15/scott-marsh-savoir-faire
MTN (Sydney) http://mtnaustralia.com.au/blog/scott-marsh-savoir-faire/    Australian Infront http://www.australianinfront.com.au/news/article/scott-marsh-savoir-faire-exhibition-sydney                           
Pages digital http://www.pagesdigital.com/scott-marshs-savoir-faire-exhibition-hits-sydney-wednesday/
2013                                                                                                                                                                 Strobed http://strobed.com.au/2013/08/second-life-scott-marsh-tate/          
Acclaim Magazine http://www.acclaimmag.com/art/exhibition-recap-melbourne-second-life-by-scott-marsh/    2011                
The AU Review http://www.theaureview.com/photos/love-street-bandits-street-art-exhibition

Awards
2013 The Basel Royale Art Prize - 1st place
2010 All Ironlak Graffiti competition -3rd place (individual)
2010 All Ironlak Graffiti competition - 3rd place (group)