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Beastman x Screaming Hand

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Bradley Eastman (aka Beastman) is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the design aesthetics and repetitive patterns found in nature, Beastman’s detailed, organic, colourful and geometric artworks depict a futuristic world of new life, growth, hope and survival. The instantly recognisable deities in the works have spawned from the elements of the earth, as if nature has come to life in a way we could never have imagined. One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists in Australia, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany, Indonesia, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has curated and organised numerous art exhibitions and projects, has worked with various brands including Element, Colab, Stone & Wood, Hyundai, Sony, Mini, Facebook, Capsule and Smirnoff. Beastman was named Best Artist at the 2010 Sydney Music, Arts & Culture (SMAC) Awards and his large solo and collaborative mural works can be found all over Australia and in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East.

Damo: What’s your first memory of the Screaming Hand? Where does it take you back to?
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Thirty Years of the Screaming Hand: A tribute to the artist Jim Phillips

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In 1985, in a small art studio on the Eastside of Santa Cruz, CA, Jim Phillips Sr. was creating images that unbeknownst to him would affect generations of artists and skateboarders to come. Of all of the iconic imagery that Jim has created; the Screaming Hand logo has stood the test of time. Thirty years after its inception, the Screaming Hand still remains an unmistakable symbol of youth and skateboard culture.

In honor of Jim Phillips Sr. and the Screaming Hand logo, 48 of the world’s most influential artists of the
past 30 years have been invited to interpret and pay homage to this iconic image. Each artist’s interpretation of “The Hand” will be on display.

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Backwoods Gallery: ‘A Study of Camouflage’

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Backwoods Gallery proudly presents ‘A Study of Camouflage’ – a new show within the A Study of… exhibition series. This is the fourth exhibition in row in the long-term project consisting of annual shows that focus on different study subjects.

With this series of exhibitions, Backwoods are creating a vivid archive of works by renowned artists from around the world whose works intersect on the same subject-matter. No matter the artistic style or technique used, a magnificent plurality of different approaches and representations of a single subject contextualises it, and places it in a dominant understanding of both the artists’ and audience’s views. Logically, this library becomes a diverse overview of different representations of a single subject, as seen and created by leading contemporary artists.

A Study of Camouflage brings together some of the leading contemporary artists whose art, in some way, touches the subject of camouflage. The concept seeks to deconstruct the dominant perception of camouflage from its military driven narrative, and to bring back the camouflage patterns to its natural roots. Camouflage is usually linked with military uniforms and inherently with violence and rigorousness. However, camouflage patterns are much more than a simple military feature. Its different forms can be observed and understood as an artistic product, both in terms of aesthetics and conceptuality. Aesthetically, camouflage can assume different shapes and forms, creating beautiful design and art products, while conceptually, it may be detached from its military connotation, and transformed to different purposes depending on the given context. Always depending on artistic approach towards it, camouflage has enormous potentials for being a perfect medium for countless interpretations of contemporary society. The use of camouflage in art may lead to more abstract forms, while on the other hand it can serve as the perfect material for figurative and conceptual approaches as well.

The exhibition will open on Friday, May 29th, and will be on view until Sunday, June 7th. It will take place at a warehouse space, just next door to Backwoods Gallery, at 5 Easey Street, Collingwood.

Beastman – ‘Future Origins’ Interview

Based in Sydney Beastman is influenced by the beauty and symbolism behind nature’s repetitive patterns and organic lines. One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging artists in Australia, one third of creative group The Hours and co-founder of East Editions, Beastman has exhibited extensively throughout Australia, as well as in the UK, USA, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Beastman recently took time to speak to VNAussie, Damo about his upcoming show at Backwoods Gallery as well as all things Beastman…

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Damo:  Tell us a bit about your early years and how you got into art:

Beastman: I grew up in the Sydney suburbs, a kid obsessed with and completely immersed in skateboarding. I always had an interest in making art from a young age, was always drawing on everything and messing around with things. Through skating I got into shooting photos and making videos, just messing around whilst out on the streets skating with my friends. Then I began to develop a real interest in the art and design that was a big part of skateboarding culture, as well as all the graffiti I would see on the street. I was really into seeing how the different brands presented themselves in magazines, their deck graphics, logo designs and the way the brands collaborated with artists and photographers etc. I ended up studying graphic design after high school in the late 90s and then worked as a designer for years whilst always messing around with drawing, skate photography and painting. Then it wasn’t until around 2005 that I felt I was creating some unique artworks and actually wanted to show people what I was doing, so I began to get involved more in the local art scene and started showing work in group exhibitions etc. I had my first solo exhibition in Sydney in 2008 and then its all just kept rolling forward from there really.

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Beastman – Future Origins Show – 16 May

Melbourne is certainly in for a treat on Analogue / Digital week – not only are some of the biggest names coming to town, Mr. Penfold has a show at the Just Another Project Space and over on Easey Street,  Beastman is also having a show at Backwoods Gallery opening on 16 May at 6pm.

Beastman at Backwoods Gallery

 

Keep checking back as we have a big Beastman interview dropping soon!!

Insomniaks – Ignore Mainstream

The IM crew, aka The Insomniaks, formed in 2003 in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The members have been collectively and solely active in the graffiti and art world since then and have been part of major events and exhibitions each year around Sydney & Australia selling out artworks at previous exhibitions.

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Wonderwalls Wollongong

Wonderwalls Wollongong 2013 officially kicks off this Friday night.

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Beastman & Phibs – In Our Nature

Beastman and Phibs open their new joint show, In Our Nature, this Friday 22nd March at aMBUSH Gallery, Sydney.

A series of new paintings by Beastman and Phibs will be available at the exhibition and they will be painting live at the gallery on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd March.

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Wrap your visuals round The Opening Hours for exclusive preview shots leading up to the opening.

www.theopeninghours.com.au

More info here:

www.ambushgallery.com

Mr. Penfold hits Australia…

We caught up with Cambridge boy, Mr. Penfold on his recent visit to Australia for a few quick questions about indigenous art, travel and those funny sausage noses…

What’s up with the weird noses?

Haha I get this question every time. The nose has changed a lot over the years, The original started off as a sausage stuck to the face, but the shape has been simplified down over the years. I like the challenge of getting the line done in one go, getting it perfect can be tricky, so its more about the pleasure of getting it right first time.

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