Meggs is next artist to be announced in The Australian Invasion Series – you really shouldn’t be surprised.
Who is Meggs, to those who don’t know you? I’m an artist and designer who’s come from a graffiti and street art background in Melbourne. I started out making basic stencils in 2003, and developed my skills in freehand (character) based aerosol works, postering, and murals, to the point where I started exhibiting more ‘developed’ work in galleries and publications.
What do you think of the Australian illustration scene compared to the rest of the world? I think Australia has a really strong street art scene, especially Melbourne and increasingly in Sydney. The quality of work is on par with the rest of the world, and the more traditional ‘graffiti’ scenes here seem to be experiencing a resurgence.
How would you describe your style? My style is a mixture of techniques now, including comic-style drawing, stencils, paper/poster/collage work, freehand aerosol techniques and abstract expressionism. When I put work on the street it’s either posters or freehand aerosol murals, and my gallery work is a more refined composition using these techniques.
What do you know about the UK in general? I have only been in and around London, so what I know first-hand is the hustle, energy, grime and beauty of such a large, historic city.
Have you ever been to the UK and tell us about a memorable experience you had? I’ve been to London twice now, once in 2008, and then last year (2011) for a show. The first time was more of an initial holiday visit and going on a few low-key painting missions with guys like Tizer. Last year was more business. So many memorable experiences, but a good one recently was painting a rad abando in South London with my two Australian bros Lister and Kid Zoom last year.