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the evolution of Deb


Deb is one of the most prolific street artists in Fitzroy. Her adorable feminine figures are instantly recognisable and fascinating to compare. In the laneway between Garry Owen park and Fitzroy St you can see four of her works. The artist character below is from 2008, and the three figures further below are evidently older – the first is from 2006 and the other two are undated.

You can see how her work has become more polished and subtle over time, with the expressions and poses of the characters becoming more elegant and fluid. I’ve photographed more of her work including the pussycat figure on Rose St, the Damask bar mural on Kerr St, the huge mural near the Rose St markets and her work for IDS on Brunswick St.


  1. “prolific”…. not the word l would use…

  2. How you would describe her work?

  3. i’d call it a breath of fresh air compared to the proliferation of mindless zero-artistic-merit tagging (especially that done over real graf), & deb08 is simply lovely.

  4. I want to resist the temptation to assume they’re self portraits, as I’m sure that is annoying for artists as being assumed to write biographical fiction is annoying for authors, but Deb’s recent characters usually have a spray can in hand. Perhaps a subtle political statement like don’t ban the can?

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