Dan Wenn (aka Danny Awes) is a Melbourne-based graffiti artist, graphic designer and fine artist. His interest in art started with a love of graffiti which was sparked over three decades ago while riding the train with his mum into Melbourne's CBD and seeing various trackside walls and trains painted by artists in the mid-eighties. Dan credits New York subway graffiti from the seventies and eighties as his biggest influence. He gained his degree in Design with Honours from RMIT University, and subsequently worked as a designer for over 10 years before starting 90 Degrees and carrying out further study at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).
As 90 Degrees' Creative Director, Dan combines his love of graffiti, design and art and merges all his practices to create artworks that transform spaces and with which he hopes people of all ages and walks of life can connect. His style is diverse and his skill set is varied. His preference is to paint large-scale outdoor murals, so spray paint, rollers and large brushes are his preferred tools. Today, Australian flora and fauna painted in a realistic style form a large part of Dan's commissioned and exhibited work, and he still paints graffiti and street art works for fun.
You can find Dan's work in streets, laneways and parks, on buildings, in restaurants, homes, cafes, hotels, offices, shops, shopping centres and a bunch of publications... all over the world. A selection of Dan's personal work can be viewed on his website.
Helainie Geor, a highly experienced project director, has been a partner at 90 Degrees for four years. She has close to 15 years project management experience in creative industries as well as education. With an undergraduate degree in International studies from UNSW and a Masters from RMIT University (where she also lectured Masters students) at 90 Degrees, Helainie is the one who ensures jobs are on brief, on time and on budget. She is the main point of contact for all major projects as well as community engagement and outreach projects, and works with Dan to ensure all efforts are aligned with defined project outcomes, briefs, goals and timelines.
We have an awesome network of artists and creatives with whom we've worked with for many years. We're lucky to also call these talented creatives and all round good people our friends. Each has their own style, skill set, strengths and preferences when it comes to creating their art and understanding these enables us to select and engage the most appropriate creative for each project we work on. Their backgrounds range from street art to graffiti, stencil art to graphic design, fine art to photography and film and our network extends across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
Within our network we have a close-knit crew of around 20 highly-skilled Melbourne-based artists who we consider to be pioneers of both the street art and graffiti movements in Australia, and with whom we have worked since 90 Degrees started.