What is your name?
Where are you currently based and what is the art/music scene like there?
I’m currently in Sydney, which sometimes can feel a bit like living under a stickler’s thumb in terms of the regulations around live music and lock out laws, but there’s still a pretty cool concentration of alternative and garage musicians coming out of the inner west, and a few surf-influenced musicians from up in the northern beaches. There’s heaps of cool art, it’s just everywhere.
We love your art! How did you first get into art and what has kept your producing pieces?
Thanks. I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. What I’ve drawn has changed a lot, but I’ve always been driven to create. A lot of the satisfaction behind what I do and what keeps me working is actually the response I get from people. It’s cool to hear the different interpretations of my work – you kind of never really know what people are going to say and I like it the most when I get a response that surprises me, or when someone sees an angle that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought of.
What have you been working on recently?
I’ve actually been working on an album cover for a musician’s release in June. It’s one of my first collaborative projects in a while and I’m really enjoying the back and forth between ideas.
What materials/product/equipment do you use to produce your art?
For my surfboard art, I use Posca and Liquitex Markers, but if I’m just doing smaller pieces on paper it’s usually watercolour paint or pens.
Who or what influences/inspires your art?
It’s kind of a mix actually. Obviously my art is influenced by surf and youth culture, but a lot of the visuals come from dreams. A lot of the time there’ll be like a visual or a saying that keeps repeating itself in my head for days until it suddenly clicks that it’d make a good drawing. Other time it’s the hilarious shit that my friends say that would make a good visual story.
Who are your favourite artists, past and current?
I’m pretty obsessed with Ines J (@a.creature on Instagram) and Lucas Grogan. It’s a complete flip, but I’ve also always been really inspired by a lot of the old dutch masters. Their handle on light, shadow and form has always blown me away.
What do you like to do away from your art?
There is never a whole lot of time when I’m not painting, but best bet is in the water or with my friends.
What to you makes a good piece of art?
Personally, for art to appeal to me it has to exert some kind of reaction. Whether it’s a reaction from the skill level, the subject, or something very personal, it’s gotta create a “ugh wow” moment. But something that does that to me most likely won’t do that to someone else – art is so subjective.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’ve been listening to a bit of Dope Lemon and Marlon Williams.
Any secrets that you care to share?
Nah you cheeky bastard.
What’s planned for 2019?
Not totally sure yet! Definitely going to be a full year of creating and coming up with new ideas. I’m going to be releasing a new range of prints available to buy in the coming months, but it’s still in the works.
Where can we purchase your art?
You can find my art in my online store at www.eastybeasty.com
Favourite food and place to hangout?
I can’t decide – I’ve got two. In Sydney, I love the North Bondi RSL just because of how chilled out it is, but I also love the Lord Gladstone in Chippendale – the guys there are absolute legends and they get really creative with their menu.