Born in: Rhodes, Greece
Lives in: South Ballina, Northern Rivers NSW
Profession: Artist - Black, White, Contemporary
Career Ambition: to travel and exhibit all over the world, selling enough work to carry on exhibiting and travelling around the world.
Life ambition: To stay happy, and free and to conform to only ideals of my own. probably explains why i don't own a house and drive a rusty Toyota Hiace.
Q1. Describe your practice/profession with 5 words
graphic, intricate , art deco, bold ,painstakingly slow!
Q2. Best and worst thing about your profession?
I love the freedom of working for myself (i’m the best boss ever) and also the lessons it teaches me. If i work hard I generally get rewarded, if I don’t and things start to dwindle, well, it’s only myself to blame!
On the downside it is very up and down financially which is great when your on an up but can be difficult on the downs. I’m also a slightly cocky risk-taker. Again, great when things work out not so great when they don’t. Hey it’s all part of the game!
Q3. What is the biggest challenge you face professionally?
Creating a body of work and having to show people for the first time. I like to draw alone, I get anxious when people watch me so showing new work to people can be a little tense for me. On a practical level, transporting frames is also a nightmare!
Q4. What or who inspires you in your career?
I have a background in graphic design so a lot of imagery that interests and inspires me is usually beautiful pieces of graphic design from various designers and eras. Just a few off the top of my head, I love the work of Malika Favre who produces minimal vector-based graphic art, 1960’s psychedelic poster pioneer Victor Moscoso has some amazing work. There are also heaps of Australian contemporary artists that are great but I'm rubbish with names.
As a totally side shoot - architect Ricardo Bofill has so much inspiration to offer too with his out-there beautiful buildings.
Q5. How did you end up doing what you are doing today?
I studied graphic design when I came out of college at the University of the Arts in London. I had decided to study graphic design kind of last minute after realising that studying fashion design was just not for me. (I'm so grateful of that decision the older I get, as I think fashion is quite frankly a pretentious pile of wank.)
I graduated in 2009 in 'The Great Recession' where I worked month after month for free as no one had any money to pay junior designers. Well, thats what they claimed. Enough of that, I decided, if it wasn't the time to sort my career out then I'd party, travel, then party some more until the world got back on its feet again. Turns out the world never gets back on its feet; it just keeps spinning. So I decided to say goodbye to London and moved to Melbourne where I began my journey drawing full-time.
I now live up in the Northern Rivers. Near Byron Bay but definitely not Byron Bay. South Ballina to be precise. Far quiter and nicer.
Q6. If you weren’t in your profession, what would you do?
Marine biology if I would have paid a bit more attention in science at school, or a National Park ranger. Driving round national parks in Land Cruisers and getting paid for it?! yes please
Q7. What are you listening to at the moment?
Oh so many things! Notably at the moment The Allah Las, The Moody Blues, lots of Tim Buckley, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Champion Jack Dupree, more Pink Floyd, Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac and Lee Hazzlewood. Also alot of podcasts! I love the debates on Intelligence Squared. The list could go on forever. When I’m drawing all day, entertainment of the acoustic kind is vital.
Q8. What item would you be lost without?
Professionally - probably my grandads geometry set; I use all the rulers, compasses, protractors etc all the time. He used to be a test pilot and I have lots of his equipment he used to use to map flight paths etc. I love the fact that he used it and now I do too.
In life - hair grips and sunglasses. And google maps. I sound like such a fucking millennial
Q9. What would you do if you were given $1 million today?
Buy myself a nice little house, a Land Cruiser and do some travelling. I don’t even think 1mil would stretch that far these days but I can still dream!
Q10. What do you love to do in your spare time?
I love being amongst nature and friends. I love camping, exploring, going surfing, (although still after 3 years of surfing, I'm so rubbish at it) I also love to cook and session a few red wines. #guiltypleasure