Talking to Beastman about Art and Design

Beastman (Bradley Eastman) is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia.

One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists from Australia, Beastman has exhibited his artworks extensively around the world, and has been commissioned by the likes of Element, Facebook, Vivid Sydney, Mini, Westfield, Red Bull, Stockland, Hyundai, Smirnoff and JMC Academy.
Having painted our walls here at JMC Academy’s Sydney Campus, we caught up with him to chat about his art and Designs, since the launch of our Digital Design course.  

What made you want to become a Designer?

I think I was just naturally drawn to an interest in design when I was young. Through my teenage years in the 1990s I was super into skateboarding, music, film and print media. And I loved all the branding and graphics associated with music and skateboarding culture. This made we want to experiment with my own art and design imagery, and I just never stopped making images.

How did you get to where you are now?

I just continued to follow my own creative interests and passion for making artwork using different mediums. I have spent the last 20 years making artworks, building networks and being an active member of the Australian art community. I have worked hard for many years to constantly evolve my artwork and improve my techniques. I think it has been this drive to maintain a distinctive style of work and discover a unique visual language that has led me to where I am now.

Who inspires you/ who is your biggest influence? 

I try not to be influenced too much by other artists, I really want to follow a new path and continue to deeply explore my own work to make it stand alone by itself without comparison. I want to be an inspiration to other artists. That being said of course I love some of the artwork currently being produced around the world, some of my favourite artists at the moment are Mark Whalen, SatOne, Roids, Muro, Trent Whitehead, Sam Friedman, Tobias Kroeger, Dalek, Victor Reyes and Felipe Pantone. When I was young growing up I was very much influenced by a lot of the art and design in the skate and music industry, artists like Ed Templeton, Michael Sieben, iso50, Don Pendleton, Designers Republic, Derek Hess.


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Your style is quite unique, how did this come about?

I don’t know, it just slowly became what it is today. i used to draw and paint a lot of characters when I was younger, and then slowly I began to introduce more patterns, colours, geometry, lifeforms, nature, symmetry, depth, environments and movement into the work. I use a lot of repetitive elements throughout my ongoing body of work, you can see some of these I have continued to use for over a decade. I also first began to make work using very few colours, and have slowly integrated more and more colours into my work.

What do you think the future of Design looks like?

I have no idea, but that’s why its so interesting. I have blurred visions of what own work may look like in the future. I get excited about the journey ahead to somehow take these visions out of my head and make them into images I can show everyone else.

What advice would you give to design students wanting to break into the industry?

Your artwork needs to be prolific and confident, you need to be creating something new, something unseen, something relevant, something current, something that captures peoples attention for longer than half a second on their feed, and most of all something that pours out of you not easily but naturally. Art is all about an individual journey through mediums, you need to experiment with everything and find the medium/s that best visually represent and communicate what you are trying to portray or create. It's so awesome when you can finally figure out the best processes, products and techniques to combine together to create the work exactly how you intended, this is when you can create some of your best works.

If you love design but also enjoy working with technology, then JMC’s Digital Design course may be just for you. It is all about the design of The Web, Apps, Spaces and Experiences. Everything to do with communicating your ideas and expressing your vision through digital technology. Apply Now. 

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