Street art battle. Leederville

Artist Jerome Davenport and Kaye Guthrie-Adonis (organiser Secret Walls). Kay brought the graffiti battles to Australia. Photographer: Andrew Ritchie. d446790
Artist Jerome Davenport and Kaye Guthrie-Adonis (organiser Secret Walls). Kay brought the graffiti battles to Australia. Photographer: Andrew Ritchie. d446790

DESCRIBED as the ‘fight club’ of the art scene, global live art event Secret Walls will arrive in Leederville this Sunday but it will have an unusual twist.

Armed with just paint, street artists Jerome Davenport and Robert Jenkins will battle it out in a live art performance, painting high performance cars at the Light Up Leederville Carnival.

In an Australian first, the pair will have 90 minutes to draw, paint or spray their black and white designs on to the cars, with no reference point.

Campaign Brief advertising manager Kaye Guthrie Adonis, who brought the event to Perth last year, said blank walls were usually the canvas.

“Secret Walls started in London 10 years ago and people think it came to Sydney first but Perth was actually the first Australian city,” Ms Guthrie Adonis said.

“I love the fact emerging artists have a platform that’s so organic and real in 90 minutes.”

After the success of Secret Walls at the 2014 Beaufort Street Festival, Ms Guthrie Adonis said she was excited for the battle because it gave people a chance to see the artists’ passion.

“These guys are true artists and people love to interact with them. There will be DJs playing all day and I think it will bring an element into Perth it really needs,” she said.

Floreat aerosol artist Mr Davenport won a $1000 prize in the Black Swan Prize for his portrait of Nic Naitanui in October.

He said painting the slippery surface of a car would be a challenge.

“I haven’t painted on a car so I’m not really sure what to expect,” he said.

“Everyone’s got their own style but it’s good to be put outside of your box.”

The audience is integral to the performance, as the crowd determines the winner through the loudest cheering.

The street art battle will begin at 5pm on Carr Place on December 6.