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

'DOUBLE UP' for BURO 24/7 AUSTRALIA

Come for art, stay for the food. Amy Finlayson nuts out how to tackle NYC’s bursting cultural offerings in good taste


Brad and Ange, Cheese and Wine, Netflix and Chill.... All the best things in life come in pairs. This autumn, why not take New York in the same way? Enter this concise list of five of the best gallery and cafe/bar pairings to add to your NYC black books. Culture and Cuisine! You can thank me later.

The MoMA and The BG restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
Double up: 5 of the best things to pair in NYC this Autumn
This one is for the ladies. Gentlemen, you can certainly join, but the restaurant located on the 7th floor (on the women's side) of the famous department store is generally reserved for the mink wearing women of the Upper East Side. The appetite inducer however, you must see. With one of the most impressive sculpture shows I have ever seen, 'Picasso: Sculpture' does not disappoint. Spanning his 7-decade career, the exhibition winds its way through a vast number of galleries, chronologically ushering you through Picasso's life and embodying his inspiration and creative genius. Not to be missed. On display till February 7th
Moma, 11 W 53rd St, New York, moma.org
BG Restaurant, 7th Floor, 754 5th Ave, New York, bergdorfgoodman.com

The Guggenheim and Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel
Double up: 5 of the best things to pair in NYC this Autumn
One of my favourite Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, the Guggenheim is a New York icon. Located on 5th Avenue and 89th Street, the architecture of the place is a feat in itself. Once inside, the Alberto Burri exhibition winds its way to a cathedral like crescendo at the top of the spiral. Its unfortunate photos are not allowed, as there are so many textural delights in this show and I left feeling utterly inspired and in awe of such a revolutionary and creative painter. Post Burri, stay in the uptown state of mind and head across to Bemelmans in the Carlyle, where you will undoubtedly have one of the best martinis of your life. With a 24 carat gold leaf ceiling and hand painted French cartoon wall paper from Madeline (by creator and namesake Ludwig Bemelmans), The art deco interior is like another show in itself.
Alberto Burri, 'The Trauma of Painting' October 9 -January 6, 2016
Guggenheim, 1071 5th Ave, New York, guggenheim.org 
Bemelmans, The Carlyle  35 E 76th St, New York, rosewoodhotels.com

Salon 94 Freemans and Freemans Restaurant
Double up: 5 of the best things to pair in NYC this Autumn
Twinkling fairy lights lead you down Freemans Alley and before you sink into the dimly lit lounge room interior of Freemans to feast on their signature warm artichoke dip, please do yourself the utmost favor and check out one of the most revelatory photograph exhibitions I have seen all year. Entitled 'Segregation Story' by Gordon Parks, it deals with the race issue in America in the 1950's and captures simply seemingly normal day-to-day activities of 3 families that must deal with the radical 'systemic racial inequalities' that were evident when the images were taken in 1956. Shining a light on the truth of that time, it is a real eye opener and a beautiful presented photo essay, until December 20th.
Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley, New York, salon94.com 
Freemans, End Of Freeman Alley, off of, Rivington St, New York, freemansrestaurant.com
Sotheby's NYC and Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar
Double up: 5 of the best things to pair in NYC this Autumn
10 levels of one building seems a lot for art, and if you don't have the time for each one, please just make sure you see the 'Highlights from New York: Contemporary Art' on Level 7, (Auction on November 11 and 12- so hurry!). It is one of the best collections of contemporary art I have ever seen. Have a coffee break at the New York institution Sant Ambroeus. Whilst on level 10, A. Alfred Taubman, and his late collection is on display. He was a 'legendary collector, philanthropist and businessman' and the former owner of Sotheby's ...I suggest you take a look. You won't be disappointed.
Sotheby's, 334 York Ave, New York, sothebys.com
Sant Ambroeus, 10th Floor Terrace, 1334 York Ave, New York, santambroeus.com

The Whitney and The Whitney Studio Cafe
Double up: 5 of the best things to pair in NYC this Autumn
The new Whitney building has had mixed reviews, but if you're a tourist and new to NYC, I suggest you take a stroll along the highline and then check out the Frank Stella retrospective on until February. The Whitney also boasts an impressive American collection with over 200 works organized into 'eleven thematic "chapters' over two floors. Tip: Head there on Friday and Saturday Night as it's open till 10pm. Once done with the museum, head up to the 8th floor for 'sweeping views of the Meatpacking, Hudson River and the Highline'. You can then head over to The Standard Hotel and its many accompanying restaurants for another late night tipple.
Whitney, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, whitney.orgWhitney Studio Café , 99 Gansevoort St, 8th floor, New York
The Standard High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, standardhotels.com

SHARE