Making a mark on the world

April 18 2017

Celeste Villani, City Messenger

Artist Azz Batic is preparing to leave his mark on walls across Europe, but hopes on day he can leave a splash of colour in his Hills community. Batic, who goes by the name Azzurro, has been encouraging Mitcham Council for more than a year to give local artists a space to let their creativity shine. He hopes a policy being developed by the council to encourage art in the community will be the answer. 

'Hopefully this all happens really soon because I think we need it,' Batic, of Blackwood, says. 'People need to be ready to make things happen.'

Next month, the 22-year old street artist will head to Europe to paint murals on hostel walls in Amsterdam and London, which he hopes will signal the start of his international career. Batic is taking part in Clink Hostels chain's Stay and Create program, where artists get free accommodation in return for sprucing up the site with their work. 'I want to try and encapsulate my entire style of all the murals I have done into something condensed,' he says. 

'They're pretty crazy and adventurous in Europe so they are pretty happy to let me go wild and do what I feel like, which I am excited about. I am looking forward to presenting my work on a world stage.'
Batic painted his first mural at The Oxford Hotel in North Adelaide about a year ago. He has since painted murals at Westfield Marion, Aldinga Library and the Central Market.