This is not a happily-ever-after story, though it has plenty of joyful moments. It's the story of Turbo Brown, who grew up on riverbanks but rose to greatness through his art.
Once fined or reprimanded, street artists are now being encouraged and commissioned by councils and advertisers, creating some tense competition for limited space.
The New York based artist who designed a controversial $2 million Gold Coast artwork which cannot be read by drivers, says the installation was never meant to be a sign and council's idea to remove it is "crazy".
As we bid farewell to a year punctuated by extremes, here's a reminder of some of the moments that moved you in 2018.
Mention "family portraits" at this time of year and you're likely to conjure awkward images of reindeer jumpers. But one artist is giving them a dazzling update, to celebrate different types of families.
Look at the Moran Prize and the Young Archies and you see two very different snapshots of Australian faces, writes Michaela Bolad.
Melbourne artist Lynn Savery says she "never expected to get into the finals, let alone win" the $150,000 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with her "first" portrait and oil painting.
Ken Atherton's mother took her life two weeks before his 18th birthday. Two years later he was in jail because his lifestyle was then a crime. It took him four decades to embrace who he really was, and his triumph has now been immortalised on canvas.
Reg Mombassa, Leslie Rice, Juz Kitson, Luke Sciberras and Justine Varga share their secrets for how to succeed in the art world without losing your integrity.
More than 1,200 of leading Australian painter Arthur Boyd's works have been largely hidden from the public eye, but that is about to change.