Your style is very unique, how would you describe it? Cosmic. What are your favourite mediums to work with? Watercolour and paper. What do you love most about what you do? it’s great to be encouraged to share and create more art. 010
How long were you doing art before you started doing it full-time and made it into your career? I’ve been drawing my whole life, I started to get into street art in 2003, which led to spending more time on my drawing and becoming involved in exhibiting my artwork. I’ve been working full time in my studio since 2007. Did anything significant happen to get you to that point, or was it a series of small steps? Many small steps, though discovering graffiti and street art and travelling in my early twenties made a cosmic difference.
You work out of the Mitten Fortress Studio in Melbourne, it looks like a pretty sweet setup… What does a day in the life of you look like, from waking up to leaving the studio. I wake up and answer emails and try to get to the studio around 9.30, grabbing breakfast on the way. I usually spend all day painting and drawing until the late evening. I walk home, catch up on emails and enter slumber. Some days are broken up with meetings or beers with friends on our balcony. You’ve collaborated with Miso, who you share the studio with, why is it so great to collaborate with someone? Words don’t really do justice to the experience of creating artwork with friends, most of the process is unspoken and just comes together on paper or a wall. I’m very lucky to have a great partner that helps me out with a second opinion and a second set of hands. It’s great fun to share our space with each other, as well as having other artists drop in to chat and draw together.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you could choose anyone dead or alive?
“i’m always drawing in my sketchbook, so i have a big collection of unused ideas.”
Carl Sagan. What’s the most frustrating thing about being a full time artist?
friends and artists that motivate and inspire me. I can easily say that I’m addicted to drawing.
Having to sleep, eat and clean gets in the way of making art.
Do you have specific values or political views that you try to depict through your drawings or is it just what’s on your mind around that time?
With your art, how do you want/hope the viewer to react/respond?
My recent work is thought related to the voyager space missions, the svlarbard seed vault and the large hadron collider in Geneva.
I try not to dictate how people should my art. Though I hope that my work can send people off on a little daydream, or maybe inspire them to draw or paint. Who has influenced you the most in terms of your creativity and artistic style? I’d say that most of my influence comes from things outside of the ‘art world’. I’m inspired by the work ethic of other artists around me. How do you first come up with your different ideas and concepts? I’m constantly drawing in my sketch book and collecting reference ideas. When it comes time to create a new piece or project i have a big cache of ideas.
What’s coming up that you’re excited about? Taking time off to travel and more paintings. Describe yourself in 5 words. I break up the lightning. You have experienced with and some would even say mastered other mediums. Do you have goals to experiment with other mediums in the future? I’m slowly working on some animation and bronze sculptures that I’m excited about. I’d really like to work more with film.
Do you ever struggle to get inspiration?
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself knowing what you know now?
Not really, I’m always drawing in my sketchbook, so I have a big collection of unused ideas. I’m surrounded by great
Draw draw draw. Though if I was going back in time, it would be long before the evolution of humans.
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