If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I am quite partial to street art and spend many hours hunting down new murals. This post highlights 20 Fintan Magee murals in Sydney that we have managed to find so far.
Street art fans may have already heard of Fintan Magee; his huge murals are spread across the world and around Australia. He is one of my favourite Australian street artists, and I am always on the lookout for his work.
Born in Lismore in 1985, he has been painting full-time since 2009. His work focused on themes of environment and community. I have put together this post and google map to help you discover them.
- Fintan Magee Murals in Sydney’s Inner West
- The Clean-Up – Newtown
- Matt Hogan Reserve – Newtown
- Bracing a Falling Sky – King Lane – Newtown
- The Hikers – Newtown
- Flood Emergency Supply Drop – Newtown
- (Woman with telephone) Church Street Newtown (with Numskull)
- The Therapist – Newtown
- The Housing Bubble – Enmore Road
- 2 Boys Exploring – Enmore
- Spirit Of Australian Settlement – Enmore
- Food Chain – Leichhardt (with Ben Butcher and Cam Scale)
- The River Settler – Marrickville
- The Island – Marricville
- Fintan Magee Murals in South, Inner and Sydney CBD
Fintan Magee Murals in Sydney’s Inner West
The inner west of Sydney is street art nirvana. Thanks mainly to an open-minded local council who run great projects like Perfect Match and Wall to Wall and the local communities who embrace them, this area welcomes street art in many forms. It’s a great place to explore with new work popping up all the time.
The Clean-Up – Newtown
You will find this mural, of his more recent works, on the side of the house on the corner of Albermarle and Chelmsford St Newtown. This mural was included in the Inner West Council Perfect Match walk in August 2016.
Matt Hogan Reserve – Newtown
This mural was painted via a crowd-funded project arranged by local residents. You will find it in the park at 48-74 Camden Street, a short walk from King Street.
Bracing a Falling Sky – King Lane – Newtown
I can’t believe I did not discover this one sooner as it seems to have been around since 2014. It was at the Wells Street end of King Lane, sadly it was destroyed earlier this year only a couple of weeks after I took this shot 🙁
The Hikers – Newtown
I have not been lucky enough to pass this gorgeous work, without a car parked outside, maybe you will have more luck. You will find it on the corner of Kent and Ferndale Streets. It was painted in early 2014 from what I can find online.
Flood Emergency Supply Drop – Newtown
This one is on the wall of 284 Church Street, just off King Street. It is one of the earlier Newtown murals that Magee did in the area appearing sometime before October 2012.
(Woman with telephone) Church Street Newtown (with Numskull)
This one has a story. Originally an image of an archer appeared where the woman with the tin can telephone is. After accidentally being painted over Fintan reworked the piece and decided to let the work comment on the situation.
The Therapist – Newtown
On the wall of café The Wolf and the Honeybee 206 Edgeware Rd Newtown. Not sure when it first appeared, but it has been there since at least mid-2014.
The Housing Bubble – Enmore Road
The Housing Bubble was painted as part of the 2015 Perfect Match program. You will find it on the wall of the Urban Hotel on Enmore Road.
2 Boys Exploring – Enmore
Located in Wilford Street just a short walk from Young Henry’s Brewery I wish this was on my front fence!
Spirit Of Australian Settlement – Enmore
You will find this rather large “gentleman” just off Enmore Road on Newington Road… not far from Enmore Park.
Food Chain – Leichhardt (with Ben Butcher and Cam Scale)
Painted in 2015 this large piece is located at the corner of Catherine and Annesley Streets in Leichhardt
The River Settler – Marrickville
Just down from Sydenham Station on Marrickville Road this mural also appeared in early 2014.
The Island – Marricville
Another work from the Inner West Council’s public art program, The Island was created as a joint work Magee and a local organisation Settlement Services International. The mural features two refugees Shohrat Tursun and Dilnigar Alim who are sitting on an island.
Fintan Magee Murals in South, Inner and Sydney CBD
There are far fewer murals in this part of Sydney, councils are less proactive about attracting artists, and some of these works are private commissions. Recently Sydney City Council has begun to change their restrictive views on street art, and hopefully, in coming years, this will see a lot more colourful walls in these areas.
Unnamed – Alexandria (with Numskull)
Just off busy McEvoy Street, the one at 13 Bowden Street Alexandria is a little more challenging to reach by public transport, but it can be done. You can walk from the 310 bus stop on Botany Road or the 370/305 on McEvoy Street.
Self-Portrait – Redfern
This self-portrait on the corner of Marriott and Cleveland Street was painted in 2013. It’s just a short walk from Redfern Station.
The Torch Carrier – Sydney CBD
Yet to get a good shot of this – it’s always too dark when I go but will try to get there earlier one day soon! Until then grab a drink and check it out in person. 🙂
Located in the courtyard of one of my favourite small bars in the city, The Torch Carrier is 18-metre tall. You will find it at Since I Left You at 338 Kent Street a short walk from Wynyard Station.
Support – Woolloomooloo
On the wall of the carpark at Plunkett Street Public School. You will probably find the gate locked as we did but you still get a great view of the mural through the fence. It’s just a few minutes walk from Harry’s Cafe de Wheels where you really should stop for a pie 😉
Brisbane Flood Refugee Boat – Glebe
This mural is at the top end of Derwent Lane where it borders Glebe Public School, home to the famous Saturday Glebe Market.
Domestic Bliss – St Leonards
Also, need to get across the bridge for another shot of this. Mine is not worthy to post sadly
One of the first significant works on the north side, Domestic Bliss in Atchinson Lane in St Leonards was painted in 2014.
A Street Art Map of Fintan Magee Murals in Sydney
I spent a few Saturday mornings hunting these down – bribing my husband with promises of brunch if came along and helped. To make your job a little easier I have added them to a Google map. There is still one in Leichhardt that I just can’t seem to find. If you know of one I have missed I would love to hear from you.
All of the details in this post are correct to the best of my knowledge, but please let me know if you notice anything amiss. And remember street art can be painted over or buildings pulled down so get out there and see it while you can!
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