The first in a series of short interviews, ‘Gone In 60 Seconds’; this is Beastman. One of the most prolific artists in Australia, he is also a big favourite at VNA. The Beast has had huge sell-out solo shows, work at Outpost, and, most recently, designed for Smirnoff Vodka. Here’s a few words from the man himself…
Tell us a little bit about your style, where does it come from, what are your influences?
My style is a result of years and years of drawing characters from a young age, I’m not really sure where it comes from. I try not to be influenced by other artists work, I have always strived to find a style that is totally different and unique, but I guess my work is loosely influenced by nature, other worlds, mythology, symmetry and the future.
Who is the funniest person you paint with?
YOK or Creepy, those Perth lads are always a laugh.
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Do you have any good stories about painting?
I somehow talked my way out of being arrested for painting in Fremantle, turns out honesty really is the best policy…
Beastman x Gimiks (AU)
What is your top tip for people who want to paint?
Just paint a lot.
Do you feel you’ve outgrown the art scene in Sydney? Or do you want to try and help raise the bar of Australian art on the whole on an international level?
Australian art is at the same level as anywhere else in the world, the only problem is that the rest of the world doesn’t realise it. Australians have always looked to the rest of the world for influence, direction and even approval, which is just silly. It’s time the rest of the world take notice of the amazing artists coming out of Australia. I don’t feel I have outgrown the Sydney art scene, that will never happen because the scene is growing with me, but I am interested in taking my work abroad, simply to achieve a larger audience.
What motto do you live by?
I don’t live by any mottos… I guess I am just trying to be a good human.
What do you have lined up for this year?
I have a solo show in Melbourne in April, followed by a trip to Turkey and Israel in May, I am painting a huge mural in Tel Aviv. Also have a bunch of other commission murals happening here in Sydney. I usually do a solo show at the end of the year also, maybe overseas somewhere, I’m thinking either London, Hong Kong, Berlin or LA??
Beastman x Nelio (FR)
If your art was music, what would it be?
In terms of global economy, do you think we will get more creative and more liberal? Or more fucked and we’ll basically poison the planet til it melts?
I think we live in an exciting time of uncertain future, we have no idea what’s around the corner or what humanity will become.
What events have shaped your life as an artist?
If you weren’t painting, what do you think you’d be doing?
Taking photos of skateboarders…
Smirnoff Design Work
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