Rone - Wynwood Miami 2013 - Image copyright of Sean R Sullivan

Rone /   Tyrone Wright

Australia 1980

Urban Art, Street Art

Tyrone Wright
May 5, 2017
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Rone is a notable street artist living in Melbourne, Australia, famous for his lavish paintings and murals of glamorous and beautiful women. His reoccurring motif is so-called Jane Doe, in which the artist attempts to convey the friction point between beauty and decay. His recognizable style gives an iconic tone to urban art and adds a strong emotional side to it. Rone started off as a graphic designer, only to discover his talent for painting. In 2002, he was decorating skateboards and skate parks, and working on paintings, until 2010.

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Rone – The Shape of Things to Come

First Time’s a Charm

The artist painted his first large-scale mural in Miami in 2010, and his career took off from that point. Living in Melbourne was a good thing, given that in Sydney, though a much more popular city, street art wasn’t welcomed for many years. In Melbourne however, there are many alleys and streets, and there is always a wall to paint. This still had to be done undercover, and yet in 2003, Rone with his fellow artist, got himself caught by the police at Empty Show, an illegal exhibition held in derelict buildings.

Image on the right shows Reno painting his first large-scale mural

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Rone – Mural, Collingwood, 2011 (Left) / Mural, Miami, 2010 (Right)

Change of Style

Most of Rone’s early works have been produced either through a process of stenciling or screen printing. This doesn’t allow for much freehand style, and that is exactly what the artist has been working on, and moving toward. Freehand enables openness and looseness that exude into the image. Rone finds that this style gives a certain raw quality to his pieces that enhance the art in every possible way. Over the years, his trademark figures, heroic and alluring, almost cinematic icons emerge in even more emotional and elaborate forms.

Reno has embraced a freehand style to express more emotion and allure

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Rone – Mural, 2016 (Left) / Mural, 2016 (Right)

Back to Basics

Rone lived in the city of Geelong, before moving to Melbourne, where he would swiftly become an unmistakable part of the cityscape, permeating the landscape at a high rate. After going corporate with his large-scale murals, the artist has returned to some smaller-scale work. This process takes him back to the beginnings when he had to work undercover and quickly, followed by the adrenalin rush. It is as if a circle has been closed with the exhibition Empty that took place in 2016. Having returned to smaller-scale pieces, his works have been exhibited around the world, providing him worldly fame.

The artist leaves a recognizable trademark with his pieces

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Rone – Mural, Nadila, 2016

What Melbourne Owes to Rone

It was a long way from the early 2000’s when Rone started as a part of the Everfresh group to becoming a celebrated street artist, and nothing happened overnight. With a mixture of diligence, talent, and patience, Rone overtook the streets of Melbourne and is responsible for putting it on the art map. His work is found both in galleries and on the streets and has been an acquisition by the National Gallery of Australia. The artist was commissioned to work with Jean Paul Gaultier and has exhibited work in prominent galleries in London, San Francisco, Berlin and New York, among many other cities across the world.

Featured Image: Rone – Wynwood Miami, 2013 – Image copyright of Sean R Sullivan
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016EmptyStar Lyric Theatre building, MelbourneSolo
2014WallFlowerStolenspace Gallery, LondonSolo
2013The Asia Contemporary Art Show Fall EditionHong KongGroup
2013Affordable Art FairSingapore Group
2013Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair,The NetherlandsGroup
2013Hamburg Affordable Art FairGermanyGroup
2013Stockholm Affordable Art FairSwedenGroup
2013Work in ProgressHong KongGroup
2013Writing's on the WallMetro Gallery, BaltimoreGroup
20137'StolenSpace Gallery, LondonGroup
2013Keep YouthRetrospect Galleries, Byron BayGroup
2013YOUNG BLOODOpera Gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2012Pow WowiMural FestivalHawaii, USAGroup
2012Public MuralsArt Basel Miami, USAGroup
2012Forrest for the TreesiMural Festival, Portland, USAGroup
2012Urban MasterOpera Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Don't Look BackZero Cool Gallery, London UKSolo
2012FALL FROM GRACEBackwoods Gallery,Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2012Darkest before the DawnWhite Walls Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2011Public MuralsArt Basel Miami, USAGroup
201112 x 12Ambush Gallery, SydneyGroup
2011UNDERBELLYOpera Gallery, Miami, USAGroup
2011Everfresh StudioNGV STUDIOGroup
2011Outpost Project'Cockatoo IslandGroup
2011The Super HeroesEdwina Corlette, QLDGroup
2011L'Inconnue De La RueBackwoods Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2010The Underbelly ProjectSubway Station, NYCGroup
2010On the WallMetro 5 Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2010Everfresh:Blackbook' LaunchPLSMIS Gallery, TokyoGroup
2010Everfresh:Blackbook' LaunchAmbush Gallery, SydneyGroup
2010Everfresh:Blackbook' Launch$1000 Bend, MelbourneGroup
2010SPACE INVADERSNational Gallery of AustraliaGroup
2009Art MelbourneRoyal Exhibition Building, CarltonGroup
2008Art MelbourneRoyal Exhibition Building, CarltonGroup
2008EverfreshWasteland Gallery, PerthGroup
2007The Back-up ShowHogan Gallery, AustraliaGroup
2007No Comply 3Federation Square, MelbourneGroup
2007'Backwoods'(Everfresh Group show)Wooden Shadow Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2006No Comply 2No Vacancy, AustraliaGroup
2005Stencil FestivalMeatmarket, North MelbourneGroup
2004Street WorksFlinders Lane Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2004 Stencil FestivalNorth MelbourneGroup