With his sublime portraiture painted solely in aerosol, Melbourne-based artist Adnate masterfully conjures a connection between his roots in graffiti and the traditions of realist painting. Adnate is deeply influenced by the chiaroscuro of Renaissance masters such as Caravaggio and, in choosing his subjects, capitalises on the paradox of his practise to challenge audiences to reconsider what – and who –they are really looking at.
Jodee Knowles' mixed media works depict distorted representations of the human figure, which she uses as a vessel to carry her own experiences of emotional extremes. Suffering, celebration, loneliness and love of the most cataclysmic kind collide in her works, and the effect is at once captivating and disconcerting. Initially created both for and about herself, upon completion Knowles' works are relinquished to the whims and insights of her audiences alone.
Originally a street and graffiti artist, Numskull now divides his time and practise between public art and gallery exhibitions. Numskull is skilled and experienced in myriad disciplines, all of which are self-taught; his works take the form of painting, illustration, sculpture and large-scale murals. Though characterised aesthetically by bold simplicity, Numskull's works and techniques have evolved in complexity and he employs his dynamism to explore concepts including colour hierarchy, typography, abstract heroism and contemporary idolatry.
Rone has women all over the world. Preferring the ephemera of the outdoors, they are beautiful symbols of decorative destruction who stare out from the walls they grace, sometimes wistfully and sometimes with all the sultry strength of bygone Hollywood sirens. Having found his artistic footing through the practise of stencilling and paste-ups, Rone now works primarily freehand, a technique that he finds allows for a more evocative rawness in his large-scale paintings. He is well-known to his home of Melbourne, and continues to expand his audiences globally through both public works and exhibitions.


In a first for Project Five since its inception in 2009, Volume Five will also feature a month long free public art exhibition in aMBUSH Gallery and Darling Quarter's popup exhibition space OPEN, located in the precinct's Civic Connector. The exhibition, which opens on 20 September and continues until 20 October, will feature sixteen original large-scale artworks created by the Project Five feature artists.


Featuring the work of celebrated contemporary Australian street artists Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone, Project Five Volume Five will transform Darling Quarter's Village Green into a free open air studio as the artists paint before a live audience. The live painting weekend launches on Friday 27 September from 6-9pm and continues on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 from 12-3pm, complimented by the atmospheric musical layering of the Future Classic DJs.


A second addition to the Project Five programming is a series of kids' urban art workshops entitled Project Five and a Half, facilitated by Sydney's World Famous Westsyde. The workshops cater to kids of all ages and will offer practical education in urban art disciplines including stencilling, wheat pastes and aerosol painting.


The works created during the three-day live painting event will be auctioned by Anne Phillips, Senior Specialist & Valuer, Sydney at Leonard Joel Auctioneers & Valuers at Darling Quarter's Commonwealth Bank Place, with all proceeds dedicated to the further development of the Information and Cultural Exchange's digital arts program. ICE has already benefitted from over $52,000 in proceeds from Project Five's previous Volumes. 100% of the auction sales are donated to Information & Cultural Exchange and all purchases are 100% tax deductible.

Art Auction For Charity

Media Enquiries