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Fintan Magee

Fintan Magee is a muralist based in Sydney Australia. Born in 1985 in Lismore NSW to an architect mother and father who was a sculptor, he started drawing at a young age and became involved in the Australian graffiti scene at the age of 13. Moving away from traditional graffiti in 2010 his large-scale paintings often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city.

Drawing from personal experience and the mundane his figurative paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss, transition, and the environment and his works contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children’s books and the Low Brow art movement.

He has solidified his position as one of Australia’s leading public artists and has travelled extensively, completing projects in London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Moscow, Rome and Dublin amongst others.

Find out more about Fintan Magee’s work.



Paradox Inside work: The Graveyard

Paradox Outside work: The wall builder

Fintan Magee describes his work as a comment on the current anti-immigration mentality in Australia.

“It’s a guy who is building a wall around himself and blocking himself away in the process. It’s a reaction to growing trumpism in Australia and New Zealand – the whole 'build a wall' and 'stop the boats' mentality. It's more of a political cartoon disguised as a portrait.”

Find Fintan's wall.

Watch Fintan's work coming to life

Photography: Luke Shirlaw

Videography: Selina Miles