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Behind the Paint


Chehehe, Shannyn Higgins, 2020
30 November 202031 December 2020

The volume and calibre of street art in Victoria is second to none, and has an indelible imprint on the state’s urban fabric.

In her portrait series Behind the Paint, Melbourne photographer Shannyn Higgins heroes this unique sub-culture by capturing the state’s internationally renowned street artists within a world they’ve created.

Fourteen portraits were taken over two weeks in February at urban street art festival Can’t Do Tomorrow. Each image is a burst of colour, shapes and personalities that responds to the energy and sentiment of the artwork and artist.

In line with the accessible nature of public art, the Library has made this new collection available for all to explore in our free online gallery.

View Behind the Paint by Shannyn Higgins