Having recently made my way to Sydney, I have begun thoroughly immersing myself in the creative depth it has to offer. As a progression of my existing work, my current output has split along two divergent tracks.
Capetonian anti-heroes Die Antwoord brought a healthy dose of Zef to the Late Show with Dave Letterman this week when they performed their latest single, Fink You Freeky. After the Lana Del Rey episode, they probably figured uppers beat downers for this kind of thing. As an Afrikaans dude, I grin when phrases like ‘ek’s [...]
I love Geirrod Van Dyke’s work for his portrayal of our imperfections and vulnerabilities. The first thing that caught my eye were the bodies and the pools of light, but there is a sense of impending doom that creeps in and it feels like all the iPads in the worlds won’t do a thing to stop it. Of course, I have always had a soft spot for the end of the world.
Dal East is a diamond in the rough. When I first took notice of his work, I suspected a one-off piece of art, but digging deeper, an impressive pattern emerged. He has travelled widely and left his unique visual mark across numerous cities. His style is a unique one: loose sketches that are tightened into lit wireframes often echoing nature, giving the work a timeless almost mythological feel.
Skip Liepke’s work makes me happy. Since first discovering it years ago, it has made me want to paint recklessly, with big wet wads of colour, because at the end of the day, character beats photo-realistic control every time. Moving from the Impressionists through Jenny Saville to reach a most edible and inspiring destination.
I find myself simultaneously fixated and terrified with human development and extinction. The way we are enveloping everything like ivy. There is also an incredible beauty in this, and artists that reflect this tend to pull me in like the proverbial maelstrom.
In the world of street art, often dominated by alpha-male posturing and tiresome pseudo-political satire, Faith47 injects a tender visual poetry. Often seen in the most destitute of environments, her work comes across as a beacon of healing where political systems so often have failed to uplift. This is conscience through art where it is needed most: in the trenches.
The phoenix that is Lark refuses to be kept down. Having walked the fine line between popularity and genius pariah since day one, they have returned from a significant hiatus and are ready to bring their juxtaposed glitch opera sound back into broad daylight with their third studio offering. Built around multi-instrumentalist producer Paul Rez [...]
I developed an unhealthy fixation with Ashley Wood’s work a couple of years ago, probably due to the loose energy with which he uses his media and his subject matter of big robots, retro military action, zombies and lots of naked ladies. The overriding factor, however, is how effortless he makes it all look, beautiful [...]