Melbourne-born painter and all ’round baller Deb is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. In her unmissable bold works Deb dabbles with influences counting Sailor Jerry-style tattooed pinup babes to huge-scale wall depictions of Vishnu, but her works generally features curvaceous female characters exuding a sensuous, fun femininity that she renders on walls in aerosol, t-shirt designs and pieces on gallery walls. Although she’s an Aussie girl at heart, Deb is presently based in San Francisco – California’s municipal canvas of graffiti and street art. She’s listed a few of the best spots in SF to gape dope local graffiti and chill the fuck out with a tonne of butterflies, so make note if you’re planning on paying the Bay Area a visit.
GOLDEN GATE PARK
One of my favourite places to visit in San Francisco is Golden Gate park. It spreads over 40 blocks and every single part of it is gorgeous. I am currently based near The Conservatory of Flowers inside Golden Gate park where you can see some of the most beautiful plants and tropical flowers growing. There is also a butterfly house connected to it which is so much fun. You only need to stand posed as a flower and you’ll be chilling with a tonne of butterflies. Entry is only a small donation, which helps keep the place thriving. Any destination inside Golden Gate park is the best place to go to leave all your cares behind and appreciate nature.
FIND IT: Stanyan St, San Francisco. It’s pretty hard to miss!
Some of my favourite spots in SF that I have painted are located around the Mission and also Oakland which is just out side of the Bay Area, and it begins at about a 10 minute train ride on the BART train. Lilac Ally is covered in Paint. There is so much to see passing through it and usually you will catch someone in action. I have painted a couple of times there. I painted this mural with the legendary San Franciscan artist, Mark Bodé last year. I painted the purple fairy and he painted the lizard. I have collaborated with Mark a few times now in San Francisco, Oakland and also in Sydney, Australia. A wonderful friend and inspiring artist.
FIND IT: From 24th Street to 26th the Alley lies between Mission and Capp Streets. It is a half block from the 24th Street Bart Station.
I painted this roll down shutter on Mission Street in July for a pawnshop called Best Collateral. Actually it’s a pretty awesome pawnshop and there are several stores located in and just around SF.
FIND IT: 2449 Mission St, San Francisco
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This is another spot in San Francisco that I painted it was for a project called ‘Free Space’ where a hand full of artists and creative people volunteered their time to jazz up the outside and inside of this building. This helped raise money to keep the space open for a couple of months, so artists could use the space to showcase their work among many other activities that were running in the space over June and July. I painted the front of the building and it was very dull and run down looking before I got my paws on it. It was a pretty good challenge for me. We had to use what was available by donation in terms of ladders and other equipment. I had volunteers holding my ladder the whole time I was up high. It was pretty freaky but I was pretty happy with the end result. I also met some lovely people while working there. Here are before and after shots…
FIND IT: Discover all the Free Space projects at the website: http://freespace.io/
One of my favourite bars in SF is called Club Deluxe. It’s located in Upper Haight Street and is a really gorgeous Jazz bar, which has been there since the 40’s. They make awesome cocktails and the staff is super friendly. I went and sat there 5 times in the 1st week I arrived just because the music was so good. I like going there to think and you can easily go and sit there on your own even and still have a great time.
FIND IT: 1511 Haight St, San Francisco