Posted In:Artist Interview

Patrick James Doherty

Posted by: Cleo on the 2nd of October, 2012, 2 comments
Posted in: art, artist interview, Australia, Patrick Doherty

Name, age, where are you from?
My name is Patrick James Doherty, I'm 31, I'm a Pisces and I was born in Perth. Coincidentally I was born on the same day as Shaquille O'Neal, Yok, and Tyler the Creator. And 9 million other people.

Can you describe your studio space and the place in which it resides?
My studio space resides in my front of the television. It's a one-bedroom flat. My studio space varies between my bed and a shed in Port Bouvard that belongs to my girlfriend's parents. When they're not there, Sera (my girlfriend) and I go down. I use the shed to make my prints and paintings. The shed used to hold a caravan, but they bought a caravan that's too big for the shed, so now they've got no use for it. If a painting gets too big for the shed then I try to find a wall big enough to stick it up on. That's why residencies are fun, because I can mess up their place instead.

How do you describe your work to strangers?
I would say I draw pictures, seedy pictures with different scenarios happening. It looks like a troubled child did them with their left hand. I try to create a narrative so people can read my art in different ways. I'm really surprised that people look at my stuff at all. I don't really look at art unless it's real fun, so that's why I try to make images with more things in them to look at.

Study or self taught?
I did TEE art, studied at TAFE for three years, then got a degree at Curtin, which took another two years. But I never learnt how to paint while I was at University - I studied drawing and print making at Uni. I thought I could teach myself to paint 'properly', but I never bothered. I enjoyed drawing - I was probably the second best in my class...this other guy drew heaps more realistic than me but I could draw faster. I would measure myself against the other people at Uni. Printmaking was interesting to me because even though I never did a print I was happy with, I still passed. Straight after Uni I curated an exhibition Duty Free, which was pretty good. Then I got signed to Goddard de Fiddes, and started doing more exhibitions. My Dad wanted me to become a hairdresser or something, and I really wanted to do something he'd disapprove of, because he had a shit job his whole life, and didn't really enjoy it. So I was always going to do the opposite of whatever he suggested. I was going to do whatever I wanted to do. And art is pretty fun.

What are you reading at the moment?
I choose to avoid reading at all costs. I don't even read my reviews - I get Sera to read them out to me. However, I do read the paper sometimes. I'll read stories if they're about serial killers and shit, then I'll read the middle bit - see if there's any good dogs in the pet section. I really want a French Bulldog but they're heaps expensive. Then I'll look to see if there's any NBA news at the back. I flip through lots of books for the pictures. I am a very visual person. Just so there's no confusion, I'm not illiterate, just lazy.

Your work has a lot of religious and mythical undertones. Are you a religious person? What draws you to these themes?
I wouldn't say I was a religious person although I do enjoy religious and mythological iconography. I have a lot of religious tattoos but I'm not sure what they're about really. When I show someone my palms, I've got tattoos on them which say 'Jesus' on one, and 'Loves You' on the other. That one means Jesus loves you 'cause he knows I don't love you. I like the idea of sharing a belief with other people however I'm not sure it helps. I think religion's interesting in that they create constructs and ways for people to live and feel a certain way about living. There's all the nice things about religion, like they can teach you how to live, but on the other hand they are against stuff that isn't their business. I don't like the thought of a dogmatic way of living, I don't like the idea of living how other people expect you to live. But I reckon if I met Jesus he would like my tatts. Then I would ask him if I could be reincarnated as a tall black guy with a brother, because I'm a short white guy who doesn't have a brother. I always wanted a brother.

Favourite materials?
Definitely quality materials like expensive nice canvas, german linen, nice bright oil paints, however I'm not very fussy and will paint on most things. Lead pencil and some nice paper is probably my favourite cause I can sit in bed and draw while watching TV or a movie. If I'm doing a big canvas I have to get out of bed, which is why I charge heaps more for 'em.

You recently linked up with the Chrissie Parrott Performance Company on a multi-art production. Can you tell us a bit about the project and how it all went?
I was doing a big painting in a residency and gave Chrissie some drawings because she complimented my work. A couple years later she asked if I would be interested in making a play from my drawings and paintings. My part of the play was to provide images that Reg Cribb (screen writer/Playwright), Jonathan Mustard (music director), and Chrissie Parrott (choreographer) would create a play of some sort with. It was an interesting process, I painted some backdrops and was involved in the costume design. The finished play (so far) was a grotesque, sad, strange, violent tale about the end of the world. The performers were very good and made me quite uncomfortable in some parts but it was quite successful. It was very flattering to have such accomplished people take an interest in my work.

Do you ever paint on the street anymore?
Only if I drink, which makes me a terrible person, terrible friend, terrible boyfriend and a terrible graffiti artist. So, not so much.

Upcoming exhibitions/projects you want to share?
I just bought a new print press, so I've been doing some new prints, which I haven't done for a while. I'll probably have a show in Melbourne next year and again in Perth at the Venn Gallery.


Posted by: Cleo on the 13th of September, 2012, 1286 comments
Posted in: Artist Interview, Drypnz, New Zealand, Street Art, Art,

If you have ever visited the windy capital city of New Zealand you no doubt would have seen a DRYPNZ character or two. Here are a few words with the young artist who has been doing big things.

Name, age, where are you from?
Jon Drypnz, 1987. Portsmouth, England / St. Croix, USVI / Wellington, New Zealand.

You've been living and working from Wellington New Zealand for a while now, can you tell us about the city you currently call home?
Wellington is somewhat individual, unpredictable weather most of the time. It is a quiet little city that stays awake as long as it can. Its economic downturn has allowed the creative sorts to flourish and it is beginning to show with the corners starting to show their true colors. At the moment things are picking up in regards to being a self directed layabout, but I'm sure you'll start hearing more about Wellington in the years to come, if it all continues along this path.

How do you describe your work to strangers?
Dogmatic figurative abstractions.

So what's up with the little heads man?
Seems a few people do big heads, some started to doing similar ones to what I was doing so I thought why not try creating a figure that was the same but the opposite to what I had been doing previously. I was also disturbed by the 'Beetle Juice' film when I was growing up, so that might have something to do with it.


w/ PNTR,

Most awkward moment while painting outdoors?
I've had a few moments, but the most topical might have to be the time I had to calm an old woman down. She was growing 'organic' vegetables in the city and complaining that my aerosol cans were ruining how organic they were. The next was getting hit over the head with a hammer in Melbourne suburbs because some guys thought I was Karl, turns out I wasn't Karl.

What else are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I'm working out new ideas, as usual, and experimenting with spacial installations. There are also plans of some travels on the horizon, local and international excursions. We also have some shows coming up, one is the second annual fundraising exhibition for The Little Lotus Project, some good people involved in that one. Some stuff happening in Melbourne with the Just Another family. There is also the second Graffiato Festival in Taupo next month. Other than that just more walls, trying to get them where and when ever possible, the pocket is only so deep.

Studio essentials?
Pencil and paper, and then the walls, the roof, and the floor.

Favourite colour(s) and materials to work with if money was no obstacle?
Possibly a dessert orange, near black green, near black purple, light turquoise/teal, and white. These as matching tones of both aerosol and acrylic/emulsion/latex pain, a extendable pole, a hover board, an assistant/ morale-booster, some chips, drink, idea rememberer device, and a ride home.

Plus my ideas are on, you won't want to steal them.

Laura Hines

Posted by: Cleo on the 19th of August, 2012, 1 comment
Posted in: artist interviews

Exploring tales of life, death, science and all the lost fragments in between.

Name, age, where are you from?
Laura Hines, age 27, originally from Lebanon, Ohio, USA.

Where are you based at the moment?
I've been in Tucson, Arizona for the past eight months, completely confined to my studio space and working at a frantic pace.

How is the creative community where you are living compared to other cities you have visited/lived in?
Because I moved to Tucson only a short while ago and have been very busy with illustration work, I haven't really had the opportunity to explore the art scene in the American Southwest. I'm much more familiar with the creative community up in Seattle, Washington, where I lived for four years and started my artistic career. Seattle is a little off the radar compared to cities like San Francisco, LA, and NYC, but I'd contend that its art scene is as vibrant and dynamic as that of any other major city. Seattle artists seem to march to the beat of their own drum, influenced by the city's fondness for alternative lifestyles and geek subculture as well as its intense environmental awareness because of its close proximity to nature. The visual, musical, and literary work coming out of Seattle is very unique to the place, and I've found that Seattle artists tend to be more freely expressive without concern for trends, expectations, and mass marketability. I admire these traits in the artists I've met there and I try to keep their independent spirit in mind when approaching my own work.

How would you describe your work to a stranger?
I'm still in the process of developing my artistic voice, so it's rather difficult to describe my work when it's likely to shift and mutate in unforeseen ways in a matter of months. But I've gotten to the point where certain themes and types of imagery definitely keep popping up in everything I do. For instance, I'm deeply afraid of and fascinated by death, but I think I see it in terms of its tragic beauty. I like finding the thread of life and humanity that remains in the most morbid of subjects, like mummies, memento mori photographs, death masks, taxidermy, etc. So I suppose I'd describe my work as a strangely hopeful perspective on the most frightening aspect of existence, our inescapable mortality.

Upcoming projects you're excited about?
Several! Pretty soon I'll be doing some pieces based on broken antique dolls from my grandmother's collection. She was an artist and a doll-maker, and left piles of boxes filled with dolls she found during her travels around the world, as well as many of her own creation. Most of them are in sorry states of deterioration, and there's always something very sad about abandoned toys that haven't been in a child's hand for many years. I think their slow decomposition is beautiful, and I'm excited to incorporate this aspect of my grandmother's artistic life into my own work.

I'm also working on a natural science illustration commission, some pieces for a show focusing on updating the concept of the still-life, as well as some drawings for a Christmas show in December. I'm also incredibly excited to be working on a book collaboration for The Better Bombshell project. Along with several other writer/artist duos, I've been paired with an amazing author to consider the representation of women in the media and to redefine the female role model through art and writing. Additionally, I always have some personal projects in mind, like children's books and graphic novels, but those are on the back-burner for the moment...!

What's a Kingbrown?
A rare flightless Martian bird that stands 8 ft. tall and rules the red planet with an iron claw.


Posted by: Cleo on the 29th of June, 2012, 5 comments
Posted in: Ghost Patrol, Artist Interview, Melbourne, Backwoods Gallery, Illustration,

Ghostpatrol is a Melbourne based artist that takes you on a journey of space exploration and time travel. Using multiple mediums to explore the super future Ghostpatrol invites you to ask questions and look beyond your immediate existence and atomic configuration. We caught up with him in Melbourne to check out his current show and see what he was up to this year.

Average day in the life of Ghostpatrol?
Wake early, answer emails and head to studio to paint all day, home to sleep and repeat.
On other days my day is broken up visiting my friends studio and some late evening ping pong and sunset watching.

Study or self taught?
Self taught through practical experience and working alongside other talented artists.

What's Backwoods Gallery?
Backwoods is a team of artists and curators, think Voltron!

I started Backwoods with some close friends to share and exhibit the art that we want to see from around the world.It's great for me to have a perfect space for my exhibitions in Melbourne. The biggest bonus has been the opportunity to give back to the community that has supported me as well as curating and working as an assistant for some of my favourite artists.

Can you tell us about the recent structure you built for your solo exhibition at Backwoods?
My recent sculpture is part of an ongoing body of collaborative work with Tristan Jalleh.
We recently rebuilt it for its new owner. It now lives outside under some large pine trees. Plants are slowly growing over it. It's slowly being absorbed back into the earth.

So you build, paint, make and draw. Any mediums in particular you are wanting to explore this year?
I've been researching ceramics for a while now, I'm almost ready to dive in. I've also been getting back into hand drawn animation.

Projects/shows your currently working on?
I just opened a collaborative exhibition with Miso at the amazing Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney.
I'm always producing my work along way in advance of deadlines, so at the moment I'm working on some exhibitions for next year and other secret projects.

Studio essentials?
I have a few favorite brushes though I try not to be too dependent on specific supplies. I'm always surrounded by little figurines and treasure.

You can check out more of Ghostpatrol's work at


Posted by: Cleo on the 7th of March, 2012, 4 comments
Posted in: Askew One, Auckland, New Zealand, Artist Interview

We are super excited to check out Askew One's show opening next week in Auckland, New Zealand. If you're in the city of sales this is a must see show for sure!

ASKEW ONE - SMOKE SIGNALS SHOW from Askew One on Vimeo.


Posted by: Cleo on the 22nd of February, 2012, 2 comments
Posted in: Erin Forsyth, Artist Interview, New Zealand Artist

How has your experience as an artist been in Auckland compared to other cities you have visited?
I stay in my room a lot more. This is good because I drink less often and am more productive. New Zealanders are a pretty talented bunch and although Auckland may seem slow when your stuck in it there is a lot happening and room for more. In other city centres all the lowbrow/outsider galleries, social media etc seems fairly established and it can seem suffocating if you want to try to get into those networks. It seems easier to set up your own thing here but alot more likely that no one will ever know if you do.

You're definitely one of the faces I associate with K Road, a neighborhood in Auckland like no other. What's your favourite thing about being a K road local?
The people, the people, the people! The history of debauchery and the quiet acceptance of outsiders. The scumbags and alkies, the young hipsters who don't know what their up to, the eccentric jaded artists and performers and the grumpy dairy owners. All together they keep K'Happy interesting.

What is Method and Manners?
Method and Manners is a shared studio space on Upper Queen St in Auckland (Queen St is the main rd in Auckland CBD). We set it up two years ago because it was too hard to join other peoples studios and each of us involved needed a space to work. There are thirteen artists working there now. It's not a collective; each person that works there has their own professional creative practice and we just provide the space. The building itself is a gem and belongs to the neatest father and son team I know. They've been running an electrical repairs shop downstairs for more than 30 years. Our space up top used to be the call out centre for electricians back in the day. We're the first people they've ever rented it to and they like us and we like them.

Method of Manners just had celebrated its second birthday, big congrats! What are your future plans for the space?
Me and my business partner just signed another two-year lease on the space which is excellent. We have been talking about hosting exhibitions in the kitchen area (which backs onto our own private
carpark which backs onto a cemetery which backs on to 'K'Rd) for the past two years so hopefully we get round to it in the next two!

What are you working on at the moment?
Right now I am working on an illustrated series for reproduction in lurid coloured acrylics and heavy Indian ink outlines. They look like eighties stickers outta chewing gum packets. Film is good too but my camera died when I went down to paint at the graffiato festival in Taupo.

Follow me on to check out my recent works.

Upcoming projects your looking forward to in 2012?
I'm working on EYESORE a series of paintings that look like bubble gum sticker art. I'm going to put them in as many places as possible. It gets a little sad when your work only gets viewed for two weeks at an exhibition or two hours/minutes at an opening so I'm experimenting with different ways of presenting my work. We're making a yearbook for K'Rd this year and my work has decided they want me to help them open a museum. I could always do more!

And on an end note, last question. Do you have a Dream Project?
A massive installation somewhere like the Gagosian or Collette would be nice now wouldn't it? Well it would definitely be useful. What I'd really like to do though is buy up a couple of dirty cheap
old properties in obscure parts of New Zealand and establish a trust to donate them to as artists retreats... I'd love to make a few books...A comic book would be rad. And paint some more, draw some more.

Eye 3
Sticker 1
Wild Kat