November 17, 2015

'THERE'S A BEAST IN BALI' for KULTURE


I recently was lucky enough to go on holiday to Bali. After ample time sipping cocktails by the pool I figured I should probably get some work done, so I spent the evening drinking cider in the awesome venue that is ‘The Temple of Enthusiasm’ at Deus X Machina, Bali. Horrid life, I know.
‘What on earth does this have to o with art?’ I hear you asking…well kind reader, actually a lot…

Relocating to Canggu, Bali, from Sydney, Australia, with his wife and 2 little boys in June this year, Brad Eastman, aka Beastman, has embraced the laid back lifestyle, ‘weather, slow pace, affordability, help with the kids and there is a real positive and friendly vibe here’, and it shows in his work, too.

Despite not really having a huge exhibition space, the gallery at Deus X Machina hummed with this geometric vibrancy and refined rainbows in his solo show ‘It’s All Around You’. A departure from his earlier, larger, street art focused works, this show deals with how the Balinese lifestyle has impacted and shaped both him and his works. Smaller, cultivated pieces were on display, with a central focus on the land and a kind, respectful nod to the people and their culture.

I emailed Brad shortly after the show to catch up…



A:  Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on now, have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after moving here?
B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition 'It's All Around You' I wanted to create a body of work that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka and Ellis Ericson.


A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?
B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?
B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope Miami in December, and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.


A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives etc. But that's all good…it's all part of growing as an artist, trying new mediums etc.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever the project is. I will usually find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. Was recently in Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals last month. The rest of this year will see me mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions, we work with artists to create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia for later in the year, some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more murals while here in Bali, just for fun!

Check out the Kulture version here
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works. - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/pulseEdit.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.6eiqQYJ4.dpuf
A visit to the ‘The Temple of Enthusiasm’ at Deus X Machina in Bali revealed a new exhibition by Brad Eastman, aka Beastman. After relocating to Canggu, Bali from Sydney, Australia with his family in June this year, he has embraced a new, laid back lifestyle.

The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun!
- See more at: http://kulture.com/site/pulseEdit.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.6eiqQYJ4.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.
- See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.HNJmxGHN.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.HNJmxGHN.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.pcDORl9j.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.pcDORl9j.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.pcDORl9j.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.pcDORl9j.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.Bzis0rtj.dpuf
The gallery space at Deus X Machina, while not vast, hummed with the geometric
vibrancy and refined rainbows in Beastman’s show It’s All Around You. A departure
from his earlier street art focused works, this show deals with how his newly embraced
Balinese lifestyle has shaped both him and his works.

I caught up with Beastman after his exhibition in September to find out more about
the exhibition and his art practice.

A: Your work is shifting in subject matter to reflect the culture and island you live on
now. Have there been any other shifts in the way you work and what you paint after
moving here?

B: My work has recently taken a shift toward further abstraction and geometric forms
inspired by nature and landscape. For this exhibition I wanted to create a body of work
that reflected what I saw here in Canggu. All the paintings are based on the
surrounding landscape, people, industry, customs and cultures. You can’t help but be
inspired by your surroundings while traveling and being somewhere other than your
comfort zone.

A: Where is your studio?
B: I am currently working out of a studio space in Canggu sharing with Mia Taninaka
and Ellis Ericson.

A: What is the art community like here in Bali as opposed to Sydney? Do you feel
there is more camaraderie in Bali as its a smaller community?

B: I haven’t immersed myself in the art community so much, just met some of the
mural and graffiti artists that are based here. Everyone I have met so far has been
super nice and happy to meet up.

A: Who are some other notable artists living and working in Bali?
B: I have met a few other artists based here including Australian artists Mia Taninaka
and Andrew Wellman.

A: Do you find it difficult to adjust to the market here in Bali as opposed to Sydney (in
regards to selling work/ shipping work back to Sydney)?

B: I'm still doing everything the same, just basing myself here. I don’t think there is
much of an art market here, almost all the work I will create here is for exhibitions I
already had planned in Australia and overseas. Currently working on pieces for Scope
Miami in December and then an exhibition in Detroit in 2016.

A: What challenges come with painting in Bali, if any?
B: The quality of art supplies is lower, you can’t get some products I usually use to
make my work, so I’m having to just compromise and use alternatives. But that's all
okay as it's all part of growing as an artist.

A: How often do you commute back to Sydney?
B: Not so much just to Sydney, I travel to wherever my next project is. I will usually
find myself somewhere in Australia every couple of months though. I was recently in
Maryborough QLD and Hobart TAS painting murals. The rest of this year will see me
mostly in Bali but also Perth, Sydney and Bunbury.

A: Who and what would you say are you greatest influencers and inspirations?
B: I am most inspired by the future and everything that is amazing in nature. One of
my biggest influences growing up making art is Don Pendleton.

A: Any other projects you are working on here?
B: Currently working on our business called East Editions. We work with artists to
create limited edition products. Also working on some bigger things back in Australia
for later in the year and some paintings for Scope Miami with 1xRun and some other
ongoing projects with The Opening Hours. I definitely want to try paint a few more
murals while here in Bali, just for fun! - See more at: http://kulture.com/site/item.cfm?item=D381F07DE11CEDF150B1D1FF5637700C#sthash.Bzis0rtj.dpuf

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