Interview: Street Artist BEASTMAN

There wouldn’t be many people who haven’t heard of street artist Beastman. His work is instantly recogniseable and everyone has had a chance to see his recent work in Art & About Sydney (Streetware 2011), “Transient” a pop-up exhibition at the Galeries in Sydney, the Outpost Project on Cockatoo Island and his latest exhibition “Cosmic Nature” opens tomorrow night (Thursday 8 December) at Kind of Gallery. He has been a very busy man leading up to Christmas!

I managed to buy an original Beastman artwork a couple of months ago at “Paperthin”, the opening exhibition at Colour By Numbers Gallery in Enmore and I can’t wait to check out his latest works in the “Cosmic Nature” exhibition. Just a friendly suggestion to anyone who might be interested in buying some of his artwork … get there early!

“Cosmic Nature” is open until December 18, but there are only a couple days left to check out Beastman’s work at the Outpost Project which finishes on December 11.  Huge thanks to Beastman for the interview and I can’t wait to see more of his art hitting the streets (especially around the Inner West).

How long have you been doing street art and how did you initially get started?
I have only been creating work in the streets for a few years, but I have been creating artwork and exhibiting for many more years.

How would you describe your street art identity and style?
Distinctive.

How do you pick a location for a Beastman street art piece? Is it usually planned or spur of the moment?
Usually planned because I dont really do any illegal work, my work on the street is determined by wherever I can get a wall to paint legally.

What is your favourite Beastman design that you have done on the street (in Australia or overseas)?
I havent painted it yet.

Who is your favourite artist (local or international)?
I have many favourite artists, hard to pick one – Richard Colman, Mark Whalen, Jim Houser, Mars One, Bruno 9Li, Escif, Roa, Creepy, Yok, Shida, Numskull, Phibs, Sofles, Barry McGee, OS Gemeos – there are so many…

Where can someone buy your work?  Do you do commission work? How can someone contact you if they want an original Beastman design?
I have a couple of solo exhibitions a year, and am regularly involved in group exhibitions around the world. I do commission work and can easily be contacted through my website – beastman.com.au

How did you get involved in the Higher Ground Studio?
Through my friend Dan (Ears), he was in the space and asked a bunch of us to share it with him, so we all setup Higher Ground Studio.

9. I am looking forward to your exhibition “Cosmic Nature” at Kind of Gallery. What is your inspiration behind the work in the exhibition?
The work is inspired by the futuristic and overwhelming idea of nature coming to life in a way which we could have never imagined.

The Outpost Project is an fantastic celebration of street art. How were you involved, and what is your favourite piece/installation at Outpost?
I was invited to be part of Outpost by aMBUSH Gallery who was co-curating the event. My favourite piece of work there is the large mural by Belgian artist ROA.

And finally… Inner west questions…

Best place for a caffeine hit in the Inner West?
I dont drink coffee – but the best milkshake is at Urban Bites in Newtown.

What/where was the last great meal you ate in the Inner West?
Ramen Noodle Bar at the back of the book store.

What’s the Inner West’s best kept secret?
Higher Ground Studio

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