Going Where the Paint Flows

October 21 2016

Sophie Perri, City Messenger


A white wall at Central Market Arcade is taunting artist Azzurro. He casts a determined eye over the blank slate from his window seat at Fair Espresso and looks away.
"White walls scream at me now," he says.
"I can't look at them."
The 21-year-old has been splashing colour around the Central Market for the past eight weeks. His giant colouring-in book style of work can now be seen on the market walls, the travelator- "I was a bit cheeky and did some more on the poles, I find it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission," he says - and at Fair Espresso.
"As I've been doing that, all the market and store owners are coming past saying 'do mine, do this, do that,' he says. "One job leads to three other opportunities which is awesome."
Azzurro has created about 30 murals around town since his first commission at the Oxford Hotel last year. Life has been a bunch of pinch-me moments ever since.
"It's mental- I get to meet all these people and then I finish the mural and just pack my stuff and it's off to the next place,' he says.
"There's always stories and adventures, it's awesome. I can't process how amazing it is."

A rough patch in Azzurro's life led him to the colourful world he's in now. 
"A lot happened ... I actually had a best friend pass away, just some awful stuff and I was like, 'I'm studying psychology, I'm working in a cafe, this isn't where I want to go- I'm just going to do this, I'm just going to be an artist'. And I didn't have any arty friends, I didn't go to art school, I was just doing doodles on my uni lecture stuff and posting on Facebook which started to get a bit of traction," he says.
"Then the Oxford happened and I haven't looked back since then. It's crazy, I feel like I've been plucked out of nowhere. It's changed the way I live my life- I'm just totally present and going with the flow."
His next stint is at the Adelaide Casino and Feast Festival, where he will be creating a kaleidoscope mural for Raj House. He's particularly excited for Feast Festival- his facial hair is splattered with colour because he was practising body painting last night for the occassion- and will be branching out to try a bit of public speaking.
"I've been quite silent in terms of speaking and statements as an artist so far ...now I feel I've earned a bit of a voice and I feel like I've gotta start saying some things now, getting some messages out," he says. 
"LGBT rights is something that is a pressing issue at the moment and the discussion around it at the moment is pretty boring and average... so I think it deserves a bit more colour. I'll definitely be getting up in that grill."