People are always banging on about ‘finding yourself’ when you go traveling. But when you’re living in hostels and greyhound stations, the reality is that mostly the only time you’re alone is on the toilet. So after traveling for five months, I rented a room in Calgary and spent most of two months in solitude, painstakingly working away on this series of self-portraits. I still haven’t found myself.
Nick Thompson is an artist, designer and drector from Melbourne. He has produced work for major international brands like MTV, Red Bull, Nike, Monster, Pioneer and Channel V. He is also the founder of The Drop.
I was lucky enough to catch self-taught Melbourne artist Ghost Patrol’s latest exhibition recently, and it was magical. Ghost Patrol’s work ranges form fine ink drawing, street art, and commissioned murals to soft sculpture.
It’s great when you meet a good solid all-round cool person, and when you’re asked ‘when did you guys meet?’, you can’t remember. That’s because it doesn’t matter, you just liked each other straight away. The same goes for Twenty Eleven’s art and his observations. He’s got an individual style, but when I first saw […]
Australian artist Rebecca Harstein paints tumor-like blobs crawling across beautiful landscapes and getting intimate with naked ladies. Apparently, these blobs used to be unicorns. In the artist’s own words, ‘The blob explores the world and has many adventures. Napoleon is dwarfed by his majesty’.
The eyes in Australian artist Justin Lee William’s mixed-media paintings, which seem to be composed in a meandering, stream-of-consciousness way, give me the creeps in the best possible way. I especially love his watercolors.
I’ve been obsessed with Patricia Piccinini for years now, and she still consistently creeps me out and wows me. I love the ways her grotesquely realistic sculptures push the boundaries between revulsion and love.
Inspired by children’s books, encyclopedia’s from the ’50s and ’60s, textiles and crocheted rugs, Australian artist Kirra Jamison’s paintings are from the world of dreams. And it’s not just the colours and composition that is making me look twice. With whimsical titles like The Sea was Red, The Sky was Grey, I Wonder How Tomorrow Will Ever Follow Today and He Smelt like Apples Jamison proves that it’s all in a name.