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8/17/2005

 
The Worlds Best Stencil Graffiti Scene: Melbourne, Australia

Mark Batty Publisher Announces the Publication of
Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne
For more information: pr@markbattypublisher.com

The stenciled image of the squatting man holding a
sign that reads: "Keep your coins, I WANT CHANGE,"
speaks directly to the surge in street art across the
globe. In a time when large institutions get larger
and often hem in the ability for individuals to get
their voices heard, the streets serve as canvases that
anyone with some paint and a message can access. The
advantage of stencil graffiti over freehand graffiti
is the ability to conceive, design and cut stencils in
private and in public quickly, concisely, and in many
instances, covertly apply the stencil to any flat
surface.

Melbourne, Australia, is a hotbed of stencil graffiti
and in Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne, two of the
major players in the citys vibrant scene provide a
lavish visual tour of the alleyways, buildings and
sidewalks across which an artistic movement spreads.
More than just a catalog of Melbournes best stencils,
however, the authors use their street artist status to
interview important figures in the scene, many of whom
prefer to work behind veils of secrecy, about their
inspiration, motivation and techniques.

Extensive in terms of subject matter, the stencils in
this book deftly demonstrate the artists ability to
convey any range of emotion or message. From witty
turns of phrase, to intricately patterned logos, to
alluring vixens, to political messages, to the
down-right absurd, Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne
documents the free-for-all of expression that runs
rampant through the city and makes apparent why the
movement has garnered attention not only from other
Australians but from street artists and popular
culture enthusiasts all over the world.

Melbournes Jake Smallman has worked as a graphic
designer in the United Kingdom and Australia. His
involvement and commitment to stencil graffiti has
earned him media attention and garnered him gallery
shows and commissions all over Australia and in the
United States.

Carl Nyman lives in Sweden where he works as a graphic
artist. His art has been featured in gallery shows in
Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Bibliographic Information

Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne
By Jake Smallman and Carl Nyman
160 pages, extensively illustrated in color
Casebound
8 1/4 x 10 inches
ISBN 0-9762245-3-4
Price: $27.95

For more information contact: Maggie Hohle
973.668.9446
pr@markbattypublisher.com

About Mark Batty Publisher: Dedicated to making
distinctive books on the visual art of communicating,
Mark Batty Publisher books focus on graphic design,
typography, book arts and popular culture. Uniquely
designed, often extensively illustrated, each book is
produced to the highest standard. From the definitive
edition of a wood engravers lifework to a history of
advertising methods used by prostitutes in London, our
books engage the topic at hand to the fullest possible
extent. Our authors and editors are renowned in their
respective fields. In order to match and compliment
the words and images they provide we bring innovation
and imagination to our titles through the thoughtful
juxtaposition of design, presentation and innovative
book production. We do not seek design or production
uniformity in the books on our list, but strive for
excellence appropriate to each subject that is
presented.

Mark Batty Publisher
6050 Boulevard East, Suite 2H
West New York, NJ 07093
201.453.1775
Fax 201.861.3365
info@markbattypublisher.com
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