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Creative Drinks: The Spring Fling Presents Elyse Johnston

Creative Drinks: The Spring Fling Presents Elyse Johnston

| On 12, Sep 2014

Creative Drinks met up with Elyse Johnston to uncover what inspires her art pieces.

Elyse Castro is a Brisbane based visual artist, specialising in black and grey graphite portraiture, and emotive oil paintings. Her work has featured in artist publication Semi-Permanent, and she has contributed art and comic work to Ashcan Comics. After two exhibitions, and four years in the tattoo industry, Elyse has returned to university to complete a Graduate Diploma. All the while managing time to prepare for her end of year exhibition, Revolve, at Percolator Gallery in Paddington.

CD: How did you get into art?

Elyse: Probably being born. I was thrusted into the art scene by my mum while I was young to keep me busy.

CD: What inspires you?

Elyse: Most likely philosophy, death and themes and issues people skim over in general. I like to have conversations with people about philosophy, and politics, and then have it translate into a piece of art as well. 

CD: What is your favourite art piece?

Elyse: Mark Ryden Main Street USA – It’s a good mix of religion and pop culture.


CD: What do you think of Brisbane’s Creative scene?

Elyse: At the moment I’m doing my Graduate Diploma in Education, and I did my Undergraduate in Theatre Studies. So since graduating that I have become a tattooist, which I did for about two or three years, and then went back to university, so I’m quite into the Brisbane’s art scene. It is not as big as an artist would like it to be, but although it is small compared to other places in the world, the passion and drive of the people here is really inspiring. 

CD: If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be?

Elyse: Bernini, who was a sculptor. I would just kiss his mind.

Bernini 2

CD: What is your dream job/future aspirations?

Elyse: I would love to become a teacher so I can teach people, and involve them in cultural studies, and guide them in their artistic ways. I would also love to get into cartoons.

CD: What is your favourite TV show?

Elyse: Seinfield– there is a Seinfield moment in everything you do. 

CD: Can you give us 3 words you would use to describe your work?

Elyse: Dark, whimsical, and not-for-your-mum.

CD: What are 3 words your friends would use to describe you?

Elyse: Reliable, loud and conceptual.

CD: Can you come up with a Creative Drink title that best describes you and your art, and then draw your favourite Creative Drink?


Elyse will be exhibiting her artwork at our Spring Fling Event. Details are below.

The Details

Who: Creative Drinks Presents The Spring Fling

Where: Fringe Bar, Fortitude Valley, 4006

When: Thursday 18th September 2014

Time: 6pm-9pm

Cost: Tickets are $15 including booking fee and can be purchased here or at the door on the night

Social Media: Like our Facebook page to get regular updates on the event.

More Info: This is an 18+ Event and Venue.

Image Credit: Jonathan Chai, Elyse Johnston, Mark Ryden and Bernini