Street Art

Release date: 16 May 2017

In recent decades there has been an explosion of art practice in our urban environments. Street art describes public artistic expression that appears outside traditional art venues, such as galleries. 

Beginning as unsanctioned graffiti in the 1980s, street art has now evolved into a sophisticated range of practices, including stencil art, poster art, spray painting, yarn bombing and installation art. Australia has a particularly vibrant street art culture and this issue features four portraits by internationally respected artists painted in the streets of Melbourne and Adelaide.

The stamps

$1 Mural by Adnate, Melbourne, 2014

Adnate’s large-scale works can be seen all over the world. Commissioned by the City of Melbourne, his 23-metre mural of an Indigenous boy was painted in Hosier Lane, Melbourne, in 2014.

$1 Portrait by Vans the Omega, Adelaide, 2015

Influential Adelaide-based artist Vans the Omega painted the vivid female portrait on a house in Railway Terrace, Adelaide, in 2015.

$1 Forever curious by Rone and Phibs, Melbourne, 2013

Australian artists Rone and Phibs collaborated on Forever curious, the expressive portrait of a woman in Rutledge Lane, Melbourne, in June 2013. As is the ephemeral nature of much street art, it was painted over with blue paint by another artist only two months later.

Read our interview with Rone.

$1 Shinka by Fin DAC, Adelaide, 2016

Irish artist Fin DAC employed a stencil and spray paint technique to create the mural Shinka, as part of the Little Rundle Street Art Project in Adelaide in early 2016.

A selection of products released with this issue

Street Art minisheet


Streert Art booklet of 20 x $1 stamps

Booklet of 10

Street Art set of maxicards

Maxicard set

Additional products

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Maxicards
  • Stamp pack
  • Self-adhesive booklet of 10

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    16 May 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date

    14 June 2017
  • Denominations

    4 x $1
  • Stamp design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Product design

    John White, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Printer

  • Printer (self-adhesive)

  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Paper (self-adhesive)

    Secure Post C100
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Modules of 50.
  • FDI postmark

    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 November 2017
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