Discover Brisbane's unique street art community
Street art is a bold and exciting aspect of Brisbane's diverse cultural landscape, showcasing the city's unique identity and community.
As a way to express ideas and emotions, Brisbane's developing street art scene offers everything from bright urban art, to moody murals and secret hidden gems.
Discover the best of Brisbane's street art scene at Mews restaurant in Howard Smith Wharves, with custom street art by ten local artists gracing the walls.
MCRT is made up of power couple Rozelle and Maxim, who create figurative art with collage elements to convey a narrative of their experiences and the world around them. They worked together with Mews to create a visual culture that expresses the venue's brand identity.
“The collection ‘Passing Time’ aptly carries its name as each piece reflects daily and weekly activities that bring us joy. It looks at the simple experiences of bonding with ones around us, without the ongoing pressure of spending money and chasing the next thrill. It’s a reminder to cherish what we have and enjoy what’s in our reach, managing our self- expectations and outward pressures that can rob us of inner peace. Although time will inevitably pass, to have a goal in being intentional with how we spend it and cherish the moments within. The gentleman on the right is going for a walk in the evening time. This piece has references to Howard Smith Wharves with the cliffs with inverted colours as the border of the piece and the neon colours referencing the story bridge at night. The lady on the left is a story of her going for a walk during the day time. She’s going to the art gallery and the piece captures buildings and floral on her walk.”
With an appreciation for street art developed from the many walls that decorate his neighbourhood, Sortwo has grown up with the passion for public art, sharing his craft like many street artists on any surface that begs for colour and life. He works with a variety of art methods, never limiting his imagination. His phenomenal style has adapted to indoor and outdoor environments, often creating detailed surrealistic paintings.
SORTWO created this piece named Ester, as “a portrait of Esther, a very good friend of mine. She is a professional contemporary dancer and very extroverted."
You can find another SORTWO piece outside the entry to the Howard Smith Wharves carpark on the substation, completed as part of Brisbane Street Art Festival in 2022
Loui Jover is a Queensland-based artist who creates ink drawings on adhered together sheets of vintage book paper.
This piece was created on pages out of Salute the King by Arthur Mee, published in 1937 (during the middle of construction of Brisbane's Story Bridge), which we pay homage to in our signature cocktail list.
“The work I created specifically for Mews and Crystalbrook is a celebration of 'romanticism' in its most traditional sense, a homage to love of all kinds, no matter who the figures may be. It refers to a bygone era represented by the lamp, an era still in all our hearts yearning, one of companionship, excitement and togetherness. The graffiti elements represent modernity and the aesthetic of the modern day.”
A Brisbane based muralist specialising in realistic large-scale works, James Ellis painted this piece down the road at Soapbox Beer in Fortitude Valley for Mews.
The mural is an ode to the iconic "Brown Snake", a term Brisbane locals use to reference the Brisbane River. The snake itself is an Eastern Brown snake in the iconic shape of the Brisbane River.
James says “I’m pretty literal, and my artworks reflect that.”
A Brisbane born and based muralist, illustrator and designer, Ash Taylor's public art is heavily inspired by nature and her style is guided by her roots in design.
Ash’s work often features botanicals hoping to remind the viewer of the exceptional natural beauty of our land and explores themes shaped from experiences of her own and stories of those around her.
Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, Drapl is one of the cities longest standing local street artists and one of the most active still today. If you’ve visited the city of Brisbane, you have undoubtedly seen his work. Painting all across and out of town, Drapl is a feature imprinted on walls in almost every suburb.
This piece commissioned for Mews is titled ‘into the light’. Drapl says the piece “stems from keeping the mind clear and not letting dark thoughts enter the mind. I’m always reaching for the light and looking at the positive situations wherever I can.”
Jordache Gage is an Abstract Surrealist Artist based in Meanjin (Brisbane) with over a decade of experience painting in the gallery and public realms.
With strong roots in graffiti, his practice was propagated in the exploration and manipulation of public space. It was his transition into a creative space that contributed to the foundations of his present painting practice, which is entirely informed by the emotional pathways he experiences as a family man and has become a visual navigation of his personal experiences.
Loretta Lizzio is an artist and illustrator whose work adorns walls and galleries throughout Australia and beyond. Her work explores romanticism, nature and evokes a strong sense of nostalgia
“My inspiration is always nature entwined with an alluring female figure. I've always loved mythology and the idea of mermaids and nymphs - I think that having these ideas at the back of my mind always seems to come through in what I create”
Hidden around Brisbane’s bustling laneways and busy streets sits a collection of Mace Robertson's tiny, meticulously crafted doorways, fit for a mouse. Measuring just a few inches in height, these doors add a feeling of whimsy and charm to the city’s art scene and create one of the most unique scavenger hunts around town.
Mace Robertson, the guerilla environmental artist behind this mini world carefully handcrafts every doorway, injecting lifelike detail into these miniature creations.
Next time you’re walking around Brisbane City, slow down and take a look around you, you never know what secrets could be hidden by your feet.
Now, you can find one in Mews.
The Blue Art Xinja is a local street artist, well known for installing the iconic blue sculptural pieces in and around Brisbane. While most of us will never know the person, you probably recognise his art: playful blue figures such as animals and botanicals — among other shapes — in our laneways, on our buildings, and up in our trees, just to name a few places.
The goal is to bridge the gap between grafiti and authorised public sculpture/art, and for people to accept street art as a valid form of expression.
Blu enjoys placing pieces in hard-to-reach places, as well as very public areas, the brilliant blue contrasting against the structures of the urban environment.
“I always love making plants and flowers as street art. The organic forms are an immediate contrast to the angular walls & facades of the city. In this way they are immediately noticeable and likable - we are hardwired to relax when in nature. They also cannot be missed being bright blue of course. This piece is based on the native flower the Waratah, the bird is of an as-yet undiscovered species.”
During the Story Bridge’s construction, divers were employed to check the bridge’s foundations. The diver here represents the past of this site, the Story Bridge. The figure is composed of a collage of the bridge and urban area, contained within a suit of the time. The astronaut represents the future, the Story Bridge reflected in the figure’s vision.
Ironically, each’s attire for purpose vary little from each other. Both are reaching out, ‘bridging’ the gap through space and time. We reflect upon the individual lives in the space in between – how we interact with both the past and present will in turn leave its own mark on both site and time.
Paying homage to the Story Bridge that sits above Mews, 777 is a call out to the end-to-end length of the Story Bridge – 777 meters long (Google it, we promise).
We also call these our Mews Angel Numbers – 777 is known to be a sign that the universe is with you and is supporting you on your path.
Ad an ode to our angel numbers, The 777 is also the name of our signature (and most photogenic) cocktail – a must try for your next visit to Mews.