Influenced by nature and the beauty it contains, Beastman creates stunningly detailed works using repetitive geometric patterns. Depicting beastlike yet beautiful characters that sit like deities upon the wall, Beastman is one of the most distinctive emerging artists in Australia. His works have been exhibited extensively in many countries and have captured attention worldwide...
Growing up in the suburbs of Sydney, Beastman spent his younger years either roaming the streets on his skateboard or experimenting with anything creative. The result of a creative teenager trying not to grow up, Beastman now spends his time doing pretty much the same thing in his Annadale Studio.
His instantly recognisable works don't just live on gallery walls, his large scale public murals can be found not only throughout Australia, but also in London, Berlin, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and New York.
We caught up with the incredibly clever Beastman to have a chat about what inspires him and find out a bit more about the way he works....
What is it that you find so interesting about nature?
Whats not to find interesting in nature, my paintings draw inspiration from all aspects of nature - the different repetitive patterns, symmetry, colours, lifeforms and elements.
What inspired your signature style?
My style is a result of years of drawing lots of different characters and patterns. I also have a background in graphic design, so I think my style has a strong geometric, design aesthetic. I love the idea of creating images that no one has ever seen before, painting things that should not be.
You feature a lot of eyes in your work, what do you think they represent?
I have always created character based artwork, and therefore i have always featured eyes in my work to bring the characters to life, and to interact with the person viewing the artwork.
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I think i would like to be able to instantly teleport anywhere in the world, and flying would be pretty good fun too.
What was your favorite thing to draw as a kid?
I used to love drawing characters from cartoons - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Astro Boy, The Simpsons. I also used to love copying logos of bands and skateboard companies.
If you could have as many eyes as you liked, how many would you have and what would you look like?
I would have 6 eyes, 2 on the front, 2 on the back and 2 on the sides, so I could see everything around me at once. Maybe i would look like this:
Images courtesy of the artist and of The Opening Hours.