Rus Kitchin | From Street Art To A National Gallery | The Art Hunter | Ep 49 | Now LIVE

In this episode of The Art Hunter, David Hunt talks to the first Australian street artist to paint in the National Gallery of Victoria, Rus Kitchin.

Artist Rus Kitchin generates visual worlds that inhabit painting and digital works, imbuing them with a sense of forlorn beauty, mythological odysseys, and notions of rescue, retrieval, and resuscitation. His practice operates out of a space that is part

culture jamming, part intervention, and part reinvention.

His early street work is well documented in the book Kingsway-The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti. Kitchin has a Diploma in Public Art from RMIT and in 2007 completed his Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He is the first Australian street artist to paint in the National Gallery of Victoria and has been exhibiting his work since 1991.

In 2018 he was a finalist in Australia’s prestigious Blake Prize, and he was recently commissioned by the newly opened, W Hotel in Melbourne to adorn their foyer with a monumental lenticular multi-media backlit digital artwork.


In The Art Hunter, David Hunt explores the artist with an in-depth look into their background; where they came from, the type and work they do, their latest work, and where they see the future.

Host: David Hunt
Producers: David Hunt and Simon Barnett (
Director: Tim Barnett 
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David Hunt

David Hunt is The Art Hunter and is dedicated to interviews with artists of various disciplines - from visual arts to theatre; from writers to actors; from gallery curators to dancers. His aim is to showcase all aspects of the arts, with up close and personal in-depth conversations. David Hunt’s love for the arts and his friendship with so many artists as a presenter/producer of a weekly arts program on JOY 94.9 - Sunday Arts Magazine, which has been running for over six years. David is always on the “Hunt” for new & emerging artists. He is very grateful that he has been given this opportunity to support the arts. David’s background over the past 30 years, was with international & local record companies, in senior management roles - publicity, promotions, marketing. With EMI, Virgin, BMG & MDS (an offshoot of Mushroom), plus his own PR/Marketing company. Looking after some of the biggest international & local names in the industry.

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