Colourful faces of the Cross captured in spray paint
Opening night for #acolourfulx at GKJE Gallery 1. Award-winning stencil artist, Jenna YoNa Bloom, unites some famous Kings Cross identities - people who've been part of Kings Cross' social fabric since the 1960s and 70s.
Jenna's exhibition #acolourful captures the characters and familiar faces that bring colour to Sydney’s Kings Cross community.
Her portrait subjects vary from the intellectual to the infamous, including nightclub owner John Ibrahim, author Louis Nowra, former Les Girls dancer Ayesha Kazan and TAP Gallery Director Lesley Dimmick.
“What I absolutely love about Kings Cross is that it’s inclusive,” Jenna said.
“The community is made up of people from all walks of life. Any lifestyle goes and nobody is judgmental. But I am concerned that within a blink of an eye it could all disappear.”
“Kings Cross is one of the most colourful places in Australia - a place rich with history, culture and diversity - but for how long?” Bloom said.
A Kings Cross resident herself, she believes the bright colours and energy of the locality are fading as gentrification creeps in, and well-known establishments are listed for sale and converted into apartment buildings.
This video is a 'snapshot' of opening night on 01 April 2015, giving you a look at the character and the colours of the Cross, as well as the work of this very talented artist who manages to capture souls on canvas.