Finding the connection between beauty and decay is a thread that runs through much of RONE’s work. As a street artist best known for his haunting, stylised images of women’s faces, he understands better than most that beauty can be fleeting.
Rone hails from Australia, and began his work as an artist in 2002. In the beginning he decorated skateboards and skateboard parks. Occasionally he'd attempt a true street art creation on a derelict building. He's currently a graphic designer with Everfresh Studios in Collingwood, Melbourne's inner-city suburb. But his work has spread throughout the world, and his images have graced public spaces, buildings awaiting demolition, and are tucked into far less conspicuous spaces, too.
His original streetwork was created by stencil or screen-printing processes. Most were large portraits of rather iconic, modern women: alluring, beautiful, and cinematic. Although unnamed, Rone has the rather famous recurring image known as Jane Doe.
But Rone's work has evolved into using more freehand painting, giving a looser and more organic result to his portraits. There is still the intrigue of decay and glamour, the juxtaposition of ruin and loveliness. It is the merging fusion of dirt and chaos with beauty and elegance that is most appealing to me.