Poster Boy: Robert Scholten

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You may not know Robert Scholten, but in the past month his work has been seeping into your noggin at high velocity. He’s everywhere, practically on every street corner peddling his wears, figuratively. As winner of the St Kilda Festival Poster Contest, his artwork is plastered all over Melbourne, spearheading the campaign for Australia’s biggest free festival. 

Both an illustrator and designer, Robert is based in St Kilda. Working across a diverse range of media, his art can be found in a variety of places, from murals to canvases to children’s books. He’s even designed our front cover. 

Robert Scholten

We asked him a few questions:  

How did you feel when you won the contest? 

I felt excited, happy and surprised! 

What inspired your winning poster design piece? 

The initial concept was what would the spirit of St Kilda look like? I started making sketches, and this funky bicycle riding creature emerged from the graphite, sporting a big smile, rainbow and elements of St Kilda. Other artistic inspirations included Mexican folk sculptures, faded patterns, indigenous Australian art, and illustration.

If you could collaborate with any artist – dead or alive – who’d it be? 

A really tough question! I’d say, Picasso, because he had so much energy and was keen to experiment with any medium. I think I could really feed off his creativity and make cool stuff together.

Melbourne is renown for its street art, are you involved in any projects? 

Yes, I love street art and have been fortunate to create some here and there. My biggest one in Melbourne is in Preston, corner of High Street and David Street, on the side of a shop called Funky Stuff. 

What other projects are you working on?

At the moment, I’m busy working across a few projects. These include a mural, concepts for a primary school art installation, a children’s book, and a series of paintings.


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