Artist: Ghostpatrol

Is from Melbourne Vic

What are the main medium/s you work in…
Ink, gouache, acrylic, paper , wood and spraypaint.

How do you describe your work, realistic, stylised, abstract, narrative, symbolic, other?

Does your work have social, political, cultural and or personal messages?
F#%k, if it didn’t have any of the above, what would it be?

What are you currently working on?
Just setting up the 2nd drawing machine show that I help curate. then iIm taking a break before a sewing show in February at Gorker gallery with cat-rabbit

What fascinates you?
80’s cartoons, comics, animals, cutlery, computer games and olives

One word or statement to describe your current works?
Neat, neat, neat.

Now give us a more descriptive outline on your current works?
I’ve been mainly working on paper with inks etc. I’ve also finished a large set of work in pencil.

Why are you an artist?
Because i do art

How did you get into art?

How important is art for you?
Strange question – yes – important

Your art education was…?

Have you always been interested in art?
Bad question.

What did you do before or during becoming an artist?
Played video games.

Is there any one thing that has given you a big buzz in your art career so far?
I have had plenty of nice experiences. Releasing a book was nice, travelling is neat, drawing and painting with nice people is a real highlight, I’d rather not drop names etc.

What is your earliest memory of art?

Did the place where you grew up have an influence?
Bad question, how could anybody say no.

What or who inspires your art?
My contemporaries and vintage children’s illustration, video games, cartoons.

Was there a big turning point in your art journey that caused you to think that “it’s all worthwhile”, or “oh yeah I get it…”?

Has your work changed much since your early efforts? (e.g. as a student).
Bad question, you’d like to think so.

Have your artistic influences altered over time (e.g. artists.)
Bad question, you’d like to think so.

You know you are successful in Visual Arts when…

Does the “creative process” happen easily for you?

Do you have a personal description of “Art”?
Who cares.

Have you had any commissions?

How important do you think craftsmanship is to artistic creation?
Bad question, it’s everything, how could you be an artist without being a craftsman?

Does the sale of your work support you?
Yep, full time Artist.

Creative streaks do they come in waves for you?
3-4 minute intervals.

Any upcoming or completely new projects you want to talk about?
Shhhhh secret

Working towards an exhibition, is it a daunting task?
No, otherwise I wouldn’t do it

Some say the lifespan of an “artist” post educationally is about five years, any thoughts on that?
That sounds f#%king awful and depressing, I’m glad I didn’t go to art school

What has been a turning point in your career thus far and why?
Moving to Melbourne and doing art full time, having a great studio etc allowed me to do more and better art.

If you could have any piece of artwork in your personal collection, what would it be and why?
The Laputa robot from the roof of the miyazaki museum, it’s super great.

Can you name a favourite artist or three… and why?
David Byrne, David Shrigley, Marcel Dzama. They are unique, adaptive, exciting, inspirational.

Have you had any “big breaks” in your career?
I’ve broken a lot of pencils and a few printers

All artists seem to have struggles, tell us about any you have had.
Once I had a dream a hamburger was eating me.

Do you keep an Art Journal or Visual Diary of some kind?
Yep, this is a big deal.

What happens to works that “don’t work out”?
A weekly garbage collection is organised by my local city council…

One thing you wish you had listened to from an art teacher or lecturer?
No f#%king way.

Do you have a personal philosophy that underpins your work?
Draw, draw, draw.

Do you aim to break the rules of basic composition, layout etc or do you ignore the “rules” and just create?
Oh yeah, I’m a maverick (sarcasm).

What sort of research and or reference material do you do for current works and has that changed over time?, video libraries.

Musical influences…
David Byrne, Dan Deacon etc

Do you hope the viewer will “get” what you are trying to communicate or do you feel compelled to spell it out to them?
I hope the viewer doesn’t feel like they have to understand or read into every piece of art.

How important is it to you that your work communicates something to the viewer?
That doesn’t bother me.

What can you say about your work that might not be evident to the viewer?
I’d hate to give away secrets.

What discourages you from doing art?
The news, I feel like I should go back to university and become a scientist to fight against ignorance and stupidity in the world.


5 Responses to “Ghostpatrol”

  1. Stefan Maguran on December 9th, 2008 8:49 am

    With so many wrong questions, it is amazing you’ve got so many good answers.

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  3. Eamon on December 21st, 2008 9:03 am

    You were a bit offhand with some of your short answers. The guys here create this great resource, give you the chance to say a few things, and bla you hand back some crap.

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  5. Googly on March 3rd, 2009 10:25 am

    Bad question. Bad question. Bad question. Bad flipping attitude.