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.
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug, and long-term, heavy usage may scramble your synapses to the point where you can see through time. Sydney-based artist Dro Carey seems to live permanently in that pre-dawn netherworld that one finds one’s self after a several-week coffee bender.
Taking famous celebrity photographs from the last century and applying a candid, perhaps juvenile, sketching ethic, Drawings By A Writer is the hillarious project of Sydneysider, Simon Friedlander.
Expressing an air of freedom, Sydney artist Lachie Hinton’s work explodes with colour and personality as he drops all limitations to ‘deviate from standard and expectation’. Combining charcoal, ink and acrylic, Hinton breathes life into his caricatures’, creating quirky, eccentric and beautiful subjects.
I’ve loved Karlee Rawkins’ work for years, for its spontaneity, rawness and honesty. It has an edgy innocence reminiscent of Brett Whiteley, or is it just the recurrent zoo themes? Or the Sydney-ness?
We are blown away by the rich, vibrant, mystical, mischevious world of Australian artist Jason Howe, who ‘draws directly from a subconscious drenched in the hallucinogenic, technicolour imagery of Saturday morning cartoons’. His work was most recently on show at Sydney’s Monstrosity Gallery.
I love the bold colours and cheeky gaping aesthetic in the work of Sydney-based artist and designer, Finlay Duggan. She creates awesome masks imbued with wide-eyed menace, and her illustration work wouldn’t be out of place plastered across the giant walls of a disused Brooklyn factory. Respect.
They say hands are one of the toughest body parts to paint. However, Katherine Edney seems to have no difficulty there. The Sydney artist studied Fine Arts for seven years at UNSW and has been exhibiting her hyper-realistic work ever since. I love her interpretation of lighting and shade when painting body parts.
Sydney artist Numskull recently unveiled his latest series of prints, paintings and installations titled The Weird Machine at Sydney’s Lo-Fi Collective Gallery. I love the bold typography, icon and stencil juxtapositions.
I caught up with emerging Sydney artist, Anthony Bartok, at the opening of his current show at Global Gallery titled Modern Living. I’ve been following his work for a few years and every show is a stylistic 180 degree departure from his previous one. This one is no exception. I’m not sure which is more unnerving, the grey Bacon-esque serial killer portraits from 2009, or this current series of large-scale, empty interiors, painted from real-estate sales collateral.
Beastman (aka Brad Eastman) is back. I’m always fond of the Sydney artist’s work spontaneously popping up in my life, and was pleasantly surprised when I went to see a mate’s band gig last week and noticed his trademark screaming monster crisply adorning the walls of Oxford Art Factory. It was so new, the smell of fresh paint lingered through our favourite basement venue with every guitar chord.
Kevin Tran’s use of colour, shape, texture and composition throughout his Between Two Worlds exhibition is absolutely enchanting. There’s so much depth oozing out of these simplistic animal paintings. Lovely work from this Sydney-born artist.