Tumby Bay street artists revealed

Eleven names have been released of the street artists set to transform the Tumby Bay township next month at the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival

Returning artists Adnate, Kitt Bennett and local James Pedler will be creating new artworks again this year. 

Artists Choq, Caratoes, ELLE, Lauren YS, Insane 51, Jack Fran, Sofles, and Port Lincoln local Josh Harris are set to join the team of artists to paint the town. 

Artist Jack Fran said he found out about the festival through a friend who lives in Tumby Bay.

"My style is still emerging, but I enjoy mixing portraiture with abstraction - I am loosening up and painting more painterly...rather than capturing the likeness of someone, I try to capture their emotion through the brushstrokes," he said.

"I have painted in regional SA before...through Country Arts SA, I started a project called Hope St."

He said he has painted murals in Renmark, Murray Bridge and Mannum for the Hope St Project,  but has also done murals in Adelaide, such as the mural for Ashford Hospital. 

"Often I find when I am painting in public, most people come and start talking, mostly about the work but also about life in general," he said.

"I am learning that street art is not for young art lovers but it’s for anyone and everyone.

"I’d say the majority of the people that like my work are generations older than me, which is pretty unexpected…a lot of people will stay for hours to watch me work, that’s why it is good to keep my final designs a secret, so it keeps people guessing as to what it is." 

The Colour Tumby Street Art Festival is paired with artists with the help of Juddy Roller, a street art network. 

The festival will be held on 12-14 of April.