Meet Askew One

Askew One, known as Elliot O’Donnellis, is a New Zealand based multi-disciplinary artist born in Palmerston North but raised mostly around Morningside in Auckland. He is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art.

“People get confused when I say I’m not a street artist. It’s in respect to my journey, what I went through even if I paint some murals now.”
– @askewone on Twitter

With over 20 years of experience and the need to reach out to the world from his home in remote New Zealand, Askew is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.*


Billie Holiday ~ By Askew One ~ Miami, USA – for Space 52 mural project – Photo:

“I think I’m relevant, you know. I think I come from an art movement that’s one of the most exciting of the late 20th century. You know, it’s the only art movement that was pioneered mostly by children, or young people at least.
It’s the only art form in history that a huge part of it depended on its illegality and a lot of resourcefulness.
It’s really a celebration of all of the kind of dysfunction of living in the inner city – and I’m an absolute embodiment of that but I’m doing work that’s also … I feel like they’re really credible paintings. They’re paintings that are saying something and I think that they’re well done and I think that it’s time now [to exhibit them].”

– Askew One for NZ Herald


Hit The Bricks ~ By Askew One ~ Newcastle, Australia – Photo:

*Visit Askew One’s official website for more information and other amazing photographs (not only) of his unique murals.

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  1. icelandpenny · January 5, 2016

    I have a friend about to visit New Zealand with her Kiwi-born husband — I’ll pass on this information to her — thanks!

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    • Aneta Somvarska · January 7, 2016

      That is great, thank you for that, Penny! 🙂 I hope they will find lots of nice street art!
      Have a nice day x


      • icelandpenny · January 7, 2016

        She is excited & thinks her husband’s niece may know this artist, or know of him — so you have helped make an interesting contact for her

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        • Aneta Somvarska · January 7, 2016

          I am happy about that, thanks for sharing the info! 🙂 You mean that she knows Askew personally? I would love to see him paint with my own eyes.

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          • icelandpenny · January 7, 2016

            My friend guesses that this young niece, because she lives in his part of NZ & loves current art, will know of him & might even know him. She is going to ask!

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