Lena Owen | On 25, Jul 2017
Beastman is the pseudonym of Bradley Eastman, the multidisciplinary artist from Sydney. When you walked through the city and were gobsmacked by the bold mural taking over the wall in front of you, yeah that was him. Beastman chats with The Creative Issue about his style and latest works.
The Creative Issue: Your works are colourful and bold. Do you think this is influenced by your original studies in graphic design?
Beastman: The boldness of my work was always there, this came from the way I always did drawings as a kid. Always just black and white. The colours came slowly and developed over the last decade or so. I just kept introducing more colours into my palette and now I am comfortable with using a full colour range in the works. My studies in graphic design more influenced the compositions, symmetry, measurement and balance of my works.
TCI: How would you describe your artistic style?
B: I always find it hard to describe the actual visual style, I think it is these things – vibrant, measured, balanced, geometric and distinctive. My current works are explorations and experiments in portraying the future of nature, potential new life forms and the human interaction with the natural world.
TCI: Which artists inspire you?
B: I am interested in creating unique imagery unlike anyone else, so I try not to be influenced much by other artists, but more try to push my work into new areas and hope it continues to transform and evolve into the future. But I am inspired currently by the work of SatOne, Vans The Omega, Mark Whalen, Roid, Zoer, Okuda, Reyes, Revok and Sam Friedman.
TCI: You have previously spoken of how nature and the future of the environment influences your work. How do you bring this inspiration to your pieces?
B: I explore these themes in the work by representing nature through patterns and organic shapes, and then interrupting and connecting them with definitive geometric and measured elements. This creates compositions that in an abstract way portray the different human interactions with the natural world, whether positive or negative, a perfect narrative for me to continue to visually explore both nature and design elements in my work.
TCI: Does the compositional balance of your large-scale murals develop naturally in your planning, or is this part of your art that requires some work?
B: It’s a bit of both, I always prefer to work with the architecture and human design of the canvas, so the artwork composition is usually most definitely partly defined by the building itself. Then I would usually naturally develop the rest of the composition almost like sketching but straight onto the wall. This is the part of the process I enjoy the most.
TCI: Can you walk us through the process for designing a large work?
B: I just get some photos of the wall or building, and then go about doing a series of very small rough sketches which are basically just different ideas for a basic composition, trying to find elements of the building to work with and which ones to go against. Once I’m happy with the direction of the composition, I would then work on a colour palette that compliments the building and its surrounds, then go about organising all the paint I will need for the project.
I would also be needing to arrange any access equipment necessary to complete the work. Then the rest of it generally happens when I get there and just start painting. I usually sketch up the design first onto the wall in spray paint, using a grid process to generate measurement and repetition. Then I just start painting in all the colours and details etc until its complete.
TCI: Why did you decide to get involved with the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival?
B: I was invited to be part of the festival and the reason I agreed to come on board was the opportunity to design the huge banners on the main stage. I have never had the opportunity to design a stage like this for a big music event, so I jumped at the opportunity. Plus it’s always nice to go to the Sunshine Coast and see some friends I have there and enjoy a festival atmosphere.
TCI: What do you have in store for the festival this year?
B: I will be designing the main stage banners and also painting a mural inside the festival grounds during the event. Then I am also completing a permanent mural in Maroochydore for the Horizon Festival.
When: Saturday 26 August, 2017 from 10am to 10:30pm
Where: The Old Horton Park Golf Course, Maroochydore
More Info: Event page online