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LAEM Sessions: Interview with colourful Aussie artist Brad Eastman

Brad Eastman, aka Beastman, is one of the most promising multi-disciplinary artists from Australia today.

Inspired by nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic lines, Beastman creates abstract art that explores a unique visual language. His works are composed of crisp and clean shapes – such as rain drops, rays, grids, and prisms – that altogether form images that are chaotically beautiful.

“Often enlisting outlandish characters as accomplices, these identities help explore notions of renewal, survival and aspirations, presenting cryptic artwork that’s still very much comprehensible,” wrote Hypebeast.

Just finished this piece at @mmvafestival – Yeww!! – Thanks @ironlak for the paint! – #beastman #bradeastman #thehumanintervention #mmvaf #maroochydore

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Beastman’s murals and prints can be found in many cities in Australia, as well as the rest of the world. He has exhibited extensively and collaborated with artists such as Numbskull and Roach and Rone. Some of the clients he’s worked with include Facebook, Vivid Sydney, Red Bull, Hyundai, and Smirnoff, among others.

We recently caught up with Beastman to find out more about him and his art. Check it out:

I painted this private commission in a beautiful new villa in Berawa last week – Was really enjoyable experimenting with some new processes and styles on such a great canvas – Thanks @designtotravel for inviting me to contribute to your home – Im looking forward to making some more pieces in this style. – #beastman #bradeastman #berawa #canggu #balimural #villabali #baliart #rhemacans

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You’ve been involved in the Aussie art scene/street art scene for nearly a couple of decades now. How has it changed over that time? Is it a better community now or when you were initially introduced to it?

“There are definitely a whole bunch more artists making great work all over Australia now, I felt around 10 years ago, it was a smaller community of artists and everyone knew each other.

“The scene has become a lot broader and expanded which is great. It’s so exciting to have so many Australian artists being able to financially support themselves solely from their art making practices, the local art industry is really booming!”

Another view of my 'Seminatural' mural in Ashfield, Sydney – #beastman #bradeastman #ashfield #seminatural

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You’ve had a long association with skateboarding and photographed it regularly back in the day. Still involved in that world? And what did that experience teach you about your own street art style?

“Yeah, I still skate when I can, my two little boys like it, so I take them to the skate park at least once a week, and make sure I’m maintaining some form of quality skating myself.

“I haven’t shot many photos lately, only really what’s necessary for my art making, maybe I should get back into it. I have been getting more into surfing now, which I love.

“I think growing up immersed in skateboarding culture really gave me the gift of knowing I was creative, and the culture encouraged me to experiment in drawing, painting, photography, design, and filmmaking.

“I don’t think I would have ended up going down this path if it wasn’t for skateboarding. I think it teaches you to be independent and confident in your creative thinking and achievements.”

Whole main section of my mural in Ashfield is complete – Just need to finish another small section off to the left now – Really happy with this one! – It's been fun to go all out with colours, details and geometry – If you are in Sydney go check it out! – These murals always look better in person than in a photo – Located on corner of Queen St and Liverpool Road – Thanks to Inner West Council for the commission! – #beastman #bradeastman #ashfield @innerwest_council @ironlak

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Your work is very geometrically based. Where does this deep interest stem from?

“I think just from my own design intuition. I have always drawn in a designed way, and enjoyed patterns and geometry. I honestly have no idea where it all comes from. All I know is it comes naturally and feels like the right way for me.”

Recent commission painting for Ozaria – Acrylic, ink & satin varnish on 50x50cm mounted plywood – Went a bit crazy with this one! #Beastman #bradeastman

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You’ve become a renowned curator in your own right now. What is the art or science behind successfully curating an exhibition, event or show?

“When doing these sort of projects, for me it’s always about keeping it simple, following my instincts, and working with people I know and can trust.

“My wife and I also have our own brand called East Editions, which for us is great because we only work with artists we have a strong relationship with, and who we know are keen to be involved in what we are doing.

“There is always risk involved in almost every type of artistic endeavour, I think it’s important to always take these risks regardless of their potential outcomes. The success or failure of these projects is always a beneficial experience to have and learn from.”

Was such a great opportunity and experience to paint this mural at Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School last week – Huge thanks to the staff and students for proudly and generously hosting me, and for being willing to make such a bold statement with my artwork placed so prominently within the school – This is one of my favourite and most successful murals that I have created to date for many reasons – Its located at the rear of the school facing their oval and the Blue Mountains – Enjoy! #Beastman #bradeastman #NCAPA #Penrith #emuplains #nepean

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If you want to find out more about Brad Eastman and his work, head on over here.

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