REMED and OKUDA have been painting last week in Toronto within the project Streets of Colour. They also splashed some paint around at 461 King Street West. Both are inspired from the colorful Spanish way of life, with the second one adding Canadian references and elements.
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…
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.
The Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga initiative is about Creating, Seeing, and Learning, with the idea of creating a platform that works with the arts to inspire social change. They are extending the invite to all to join them by creating a mural, or other work of visual art, inspired by a theme of ‘Positive Living’ to help share positive-living messages world-wide.
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Very Nearly Almost magazine (VNA) is proud to announce Issue 19, fronted by the Australian luminary Anthony Lister. Regaling VNA with tales of debauchery and allowing us a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind and multiple personas, Lister provides an in-depth interview alongside exclusive shots of his Brisbane studio.
As always we’ve created a limited edition too, a four-colour screen-print from Lister’s most recent body of work, commenting on the Australian identity. As usual, 80 of these will be available exclusively at the London launch, 20 in our online lottery and 50 will be sent out surreptitiously to stockists around the world.
Issue 19 includes exciting features on several other artists from around the world, including quite a few artistic double acts. We bring you interviews with south coast photo-realism duo Best Ever, German brothers Low Bros as well as the ever popular NYC based twins How&Nosm. We also delve into the world of illustrative master Ken Taylor, muralists Remed and ECB plus Japanese-Australian fine artist Twoone and UK-based illustrator French.
We will also be bringing you shots of street art and graffiti from around the world, with a focus on Newcastle, Reykjavik and of course our very own London town.
Pre-orders will be available on our website from today to be sent out out on June 28th.
To enter the online lottery and be in with a chance of purchasing a screen-printed VNA issue 19 please email LTD@verynearlyalmost.com before 6pm on 28th June to register your interest.