Here is the first of our 10 Australian artists being featured in The Australian Invasion Series… Beastman.
Who is Beastman, to those who don’t know you? I’m a painter, illustrator, photographer and designer, based in Sydney.
What do you think of Australian street art compared to the rest of the world? I think our isolation from the rest of the world has forced us to create a very strong local art scene. Some Australian artists such as Dabs Myla, Ben Frost, Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Kid Zoom, Anthony Lister, Meggs, Mark Whalen and YOK, have already branched out internationally and there are many more soon to follow.
How would you describe your style? The work I create is my interpretation of nature and its potential. It’s been developed through years of drawing characters and my love of design, symmetry, geometry, nature, life forms, graffiti, skateboarding culture, science fiction, the future and human behaviour.
What do you know about the UK in general? My father was born there. It’s cold in winter, it’s quite a small country with too many people in it. They have one of the best football leagues in the world.
When was the last time you were in the UK, and tell us about a memorable experience you had? I was in London in April 2011 with my wife. The best times we had were spent at the pub with our friends, and seeing an Arsenal game at Emirates Stadium. I went painting roller doors with Mr Penfold, which was fun too.