Tuyuloveme, had his first solo Australian exhibition, “Nothing But Love” last month at BSIDE Gallery, on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in the heart of Melbourne. The graffiti artist is based in Yogjakarta, Indonesia, but is well known for his colourful and eye-catching artwork around the globe.
Tuyuloveme, or TYLM as he is more commonly known, is a member of the crews: LBC, GU and RSCLS. His recent artist residency at BSIDE Gallery culminated in his exhibition, “NOTHING BUT LOVE” which hung on the walls of the iconic Brunswick Street exhibition space for three weeks. The show was sponsored by BSIDE Gallery, Easy’s Burgers, Young Henrys, Fazzari Multimedia, Mortimers Orchard Cider, Arterior Australia, Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer, Dodgy Paper, Nathan CTC, Frankie Malt, and Ironlak.
TYLM is a well-established and well-travelled artist, and has been painting practically every day for the last ten years. He is internationally known for his unique and unconventional style, as much as he is his relaxed and optimistic personality. His artwork incorporates a bright and playful colour-palate, and more often than not his work features his notorious self-portrait caricature.
He has quickly grown a large and loyal following on the world-stage from fans and peers alike, and his artist network extends to most continents. Having collaborated with and been exhibited alongside painters in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Russia amongst other countries.
This is not TYLM’s first visit to Australia either, having travelled to Melbourne in 2016 for a group show, and to Brisbane earlier this year for a commissioned street-level mural and street-art showcase.
This visit to Melbourne saw him painting both iconic and lesser-known spots around the city. In the lead up to Nothing But Love, TYLM was offered the rare opportunity to paint one of the famous dead Hitachi trains atop Easey’s Burgers in Collingwood. And as his exhibition drew to a close he painted live at Grumpy’s Bar on Smith Street for their monthly graffiti jam, Never Faded, with Piker (AWK/RFW).
This visit also saw him hit drains, walls, warehouses and water towers with some heavy-hitting locals, painting with the likes of Pawtl (TWE/TMPS), Kezam (BT), Bailer (ID), and more, peppering the city with his trademark pieces and throw ups. When asked ‘where to next?’, he replied “Go with the flow and see what happens”.
His work is not to be missed. Although “Nothing But Love” has come to a close, some of his works are still viewable and available for purchase at BSIDE’s Stock-Room, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for a digital catalogue.
Words by Seth Masters