‘Brandalism’: Is Melbourne’s street art being taken over by corporations?

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Artists have always had commissions and patrons. Whether is it galleries, or churches or brands,” he said

“As long as the artist is proud of the things they are making, the brand they are involved with, it doesn’t compromise on their ideals.”

Making it work — commercial street art helping find missing people

Mr Chan said a recent campaign his company was involved in called The Unmissables was the perfect example of how corporations and artists could work together.

Under the program, people can donate a wall or cover the purchase of paint for a piece of street art depicting a missing person.

How better to get people to pay attention to missing people throughout the city then by using the city as the canvas,” he said.

“We’ve found an amazing response to using street art to overcome the cliché of the black and white missing person’s photo.”

Doyle said he also understood artists’ need to earn a living and the desire to work with marketers and advertising firms.

“Yeah man, I totally sell out my urban art, but I keep my art different,” he said.

“If some dude wants to have their corporate logo, I’m happy to do it, but with a fair few rules.”

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