Auckland-based pop surreal artist, Michael Kennedy, paints adorable zombie turnips, donut-obsessed beasts and saccharine-laden creatures. I had the pleasure of working with him last year on curating the group exhibit, Beauty Meets the Bizarre. Merging classical oil painting techniques with an imagination that alludes to a more cartoon world, perusing his works definitely makes one happy. Disconcertingly, too happy.
FOR CREATIVE INSPIRATION
In partnership with our friends at Optus, we present the third in a three part Lost At E Minor video series that puts the spotlight on some young, handpicked Australian creatives, doing inspirational things within their chosen fields. Episode Three features 16-year old Melbourne-based producer, Gab Strum (aka Japanese Wallpaper), who has racked up thousands of plays over the past year or so via a number of well-blogged remixes ranging from City Calm Down and The Townhouses to bootlegs of The xx and Bon Iver.