I met Adnate years ago as he was painting his very first mural on the side of a building in a back street in Fitzroy. We didn’t chat too much but it was the beginning of a relationship that has not only lasted but grown over the years. I have followed and documented his career – his amazing work in the public space here and overseas as well as his solo gallery shows and group exhibitions with AWOL crew. I first purchased one of his original paintings at his 2012 show which still hangs pride of place in my living room, and he was one of the twelve artists highlighted in my first book published the same year. Whilst briefly part of Hosier Inc, I was part of the team that organised his huge and incredible mural in Hosier Lane, and we worked even closer together on the collaboration with Kaffeine for Amnesty International late 2015. I have seen his talent with a spray can improve so much over the years and believe he is one of Australia’s best large scale photo realistic street artists, and someone that has crossed over into a successful career as a fine artist. HIs latest show Always Been Here features more of his stunning indigenous portraits and we have our fingers crossed that his portrait of Adam Goodes does well in the Archibald prize this year!