Rus Kitchin generates visual worlds that inhabit painting, video, public art and digital work, imbuing them with a sense of forlorn beauty, mythological odysseys and notions of rescue, retrieval and resuscitation. His practice operates out of a space that is part culture jamming, part intervention.
Kitchin often manipulates and re-works recognisable imagery with a unique language that embodies the energy, mediums and stylistic aspects he inherited from his active involvement in Melbourne’s early Graffiti scene, integrated with inspiration drawn from his affinity with Pre-Columbian art and iconography.
He is the first Australian Graffiti artist to paint in The National Gallery of Victoria and his early street work is well documented in the book Kingsway-The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti. Kitchin has a Diploma in Public Art from RMIT and in 2007 completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts.
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