Season 1

Elliot Francis Stewart

Contains explicit language. Parental supervision advised.

The Artwork

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LOCATION: Southern End of Ponsonby Rd.

Elliot is an acclaimed talent, probably not in a way he deserves, as considering the quality of his work he is also relatively unknown. However, he is recognised by his peers as being pretty much peerless. With an innate understanding of how the world that surrounds him is formed, he is able to bring his views, thoughts and ideas to bear on something as simple as a pen or can of spray paint, and make art that is truly awe inspiring.

He introduces himself as a cartoonist. A native cartoonist. And he is that. His drawings relay tales that come from the heart and personal experience. One of the best things about his work is it’s honesty, it can’t seem to help but be truth. As he himself says, “it just falls out”.

The Artist

Born in 1982, Elliot Francis Stewart is the third youngest of nine children and grew up in the Eastern Auckland suburb of Pakuranga. He spent his childhood engrossed in comic books and creating elaborately rendered drawings of galleon’s and scenes of war.

In 1996 his family relocated to the inner city neighbourhood of Grey Lynn and he attended the now defunct Auckland Metropolitan College, an alternative school where he met his tight-knit crew of friends who became known as the RFC (Rat Fink Club) crew.

Initially garnering a reputation for his often offbeat cartoon-based graffiti, Elliot became part of TMD (The Most Dedicated) in 2001 and quickly established himself as the foremost talent in character based work in aerosol.

Elliot currently lives in Auckland and works as an artist and freelance illustrator.

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Launching October 2014, If These Walls Could Talk is a collection of stories about people who like to paint walls.

A series of mini documentaries follow Askew One, Benjamin Work, BMD, Elliot Francis Stewart and Mica Still as they take us into the heart of their creative worlds.

It takes a close look at the practice of some of the artists from Aotearoa’s street art and graffiti community. It explores what compels them to paint outside, what drives them artistically, and how they navigate identity, community, ownership and the creative process.

ITWCT seeks to build understanding around the roles artists working within this field can play in contributing towards out built environments, how they can activate space and discussion, and how they successfully operate within the dynamic framework presented by the street.

New Zealand has a strong field of artists working within this field who are developing a vernacular that address’ our cultural identity as a Pacific Island nation, our inherent relationship to the land, a distinct point of view in a global context and an ability to examine issues around contemporary culture in an effective and arresting manner.

 

Credits

ITWCT is a document of NZ culture, exploring both art and the prodigious musical talent that has been developing over the last few years. The series features music from Ben Jammin, Jay Knight, Haan 808, Miso Shiru, Samuel Truth, The Basement Tapes and Tommy Flowers.

If These Walls Could Talk is made with the help of NZ On Air through their Ignite Digital Media Fund.

You can find out more about it here. http://www.nzonair.govt.nz/digital

 

Our Crew

Produced by: Ross Liew
Directed by: Ross Liew, Dena Kennedy, Priscilla Northe and Blake Dunlop
Filmed by: Priscilla Northe and Blake Dunlop
Edited by: Dena Kennedy
Website by: Regan Vause

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