Rone aka Tyrone Wright is a 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Finding the friction point between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of Rone’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting. Seeing his artworks gradually worn away by natural and human elements has taught him to appreciate the unexpected beauty of an image as it begins to blend back into its more prosaic surroundings. Rone has gone from spearheading Melbourne’s fledgling street art movement in the early 2000s, as a member of the Everfresh crew, to being a celebrated fixture on the international street art scene.
An inveterate traveller, his distinctive female muses have followed him around the world, and can be found – in various states of decay – peering out from beneath overpasses and emblazoned on walls everywhere from New York, Paris, Tokyo and London to Christchurch, Santo Domingo and Port Villa. These days, Rone’s work is found as often in galleries as it is on the streets. His work has been acquisitioned by the National Gallery of Australia, commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria to work with Jean Paul Gaultier and shown by galleries including Stolen Space and in London, White Walls in San Francisco, Urban Nation in Berlin, and Opera Gallery in New York.
New murals by Melbourne-based artist RONE who is renowned for beautiful large-scale paintings of women. The artist recently launched The Alpha Project – a cluster of four massive portrait murals painted secretly over three months in an large abandoned paper mill due for demolition. The murals were revealed over two days last week to a select group of invited friends. “Over the last few months I’ve been working in secret on a series of works in an old paper mill. This was a dream project, a giant abandoned site where I could paint whatever I saw fit. These latest works at Yarra Bend have been completed inside the iconic brutalist brick buildings of the old Alphington Paper Mills on Heidelberg Road.” – RONE
Rone has just launched The OMEGA Project and totally transformed a quaint abandoned house in Melbourne into a temporary exhibition only open for viewing for just seven days before being demolished. Seven female portraits appear like ghosts – one in each room, inviting the onlooker to leave their reality and immerse themselves in the immediate surroundings teeming with relics that feel like they have been there for a lifetime. A limited number of photographs of each of the portraits in their context were snapped up in hours. Check the images below, the video and then take the 3D virtual tour to really get a feel for this incredible installation and experience.