Epyk grew up riding the trains and getting up on the Gawler Line, in Adelaide, South Australia.
He started his graffiti career in 1987-88. He spends his time now focusing on commissioned art, exhibiting, installations and rocking walls with his crew 'Battle Ground'.
Sabeth is a renown graffiti writer who hails from Melbourne, Australia. He has been writing for over two decades and his work can be found in spots around Melbourne. He is another one of the many artists to have works featured at 'PRISM'. Check our exclusive interview with Sabeth:
Q.1 - Who are your major influences?
Definitely the people I paint with regularly. Also the artists out there that take things a little further than the normal 3 colour fade and an arrow. Oldschool writers that have kept on going and keep switching their art up, progressing with the times.
Q.2 - What's your favorite memory so far throughout your graffiti career?
Aeroglyphics Festival in Perth, 1995. It was hot, there was plenty of paint and an awesome line up of graffiti writers from around Australia as well as Gor FBI, Mode2 and Loomit from overseas.It was a great week with a lot of great artists. Most of my favorite memories are related to meeting other artists from Austraila and abroad. It's always intriguing to know someones work and then meet them, put a face to the style.
Q.3 - Next big Project?
Individually it's been a quiet start to the year, art wise for me. SafeHouse Studio, which I am apart of, recently won a grant through one of the local councils to paint a large 110mtr wall. So there will be quite a lot of time involved in rolling out this project and a good start to the year for the Studio.
Q.4 - What are some of the exhibitions you have featured in the past?
It's only in the past few of years that I had ever considered artworks for exhibitions. A couple of the first exhibitions I put work into were at Per Square Metre. One called Shady Pasts which was a group show consisting of artworks on light/lamp shades. I thought this was a cool idea for a show.
The other group show was Skins & Sharpies at Per Square Metre. I had a solo exhibition in 2011 tilted S4BE7H EXHIBITION at Giant Store and Gallery, Collingwood, Melbourne. SABETH & FRAME 'EMPHATIC HIEROGLYPHS' exhibition 2012 at Revolver, Prahran, Melbourne. SafeHouse Studio, studio show 2012 at Revolver, Prahran, Melbourne. Discombobulate group show 2012 at Cold Krush, Adelaide.
Q.5 - What inspired you to first pick up the can?
I was writing my name in the local park with a grade 6 friend long before I realised what graffiti was. I would ride my BMX along the railway lines adjacent to my house and look at all the colourful paintings, seeing what's new and I was in total awe of how they had been painted.
Most of the stations along my line had great pieces painted on them. Traveling from Caulfield into Richmond and then out through Burnley on my way to school took in a large amount of major walls that most of the mid 80's pioneers had pieces on. Artists and crews such as Gaza, Jay, Prime, Zone, Idsme, Jive, Haze, Beware, TWB, USA, NHA, FMC. These writers and crews who's art I was seeing in my travels defiantly inspired me to move from little texta scrawls in the park to picking up the can and having a crack.
So folks, with just over a week to go we are getting ready for the opening of 'PRISM'.
We are so pleased to give you the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to get to know a little bit about some of the artists involved, and there are still more to come but be patient we like to keep you in suspense!
Now is no better time than to announce the Artist concept, if the name 'PRISM' hasn't already given you an idea the concept is 'Colour'. For this show participating artist’s have been limited with the brief, outlining that they are to select one colour that is only to be used in conjunction with black, white and grey.
If that doesn't excite you already we have more news to drop!
We are pleased to announce the folks who have jumped on board with us to make sure this opening night will be one night to remember:
MOLOTOW AUSTRALIA: Sponsoring the paint for the Backwall Mural - for those who frequent exhibitions' at Cold Krush you would know that there is always some freshfunk painted to add to the zest of the show.
LONGVIEW WINERY: Local family owned Australian vineyard located just outside the historic township of Macclesfield in the Adelaide Hills.
CUBANEY RUM: Family based business bringing you some of the world's finest rums from the Caribbean, South and Central America.
And... we can't forget the soundscapes will be provided by local DJ’s who always bring that flavour to your ear...
Artwork will be availible to purchase from our website so be sure to check back after the opening night. People who can't make it to the opening 'PRISM' will remain open the entire length of the Adelaide Fringe (Closing: 16th of March, 2014).
STORE is a distribution point for the creative energies that continue to evolve in the human consciousness ...
this kid also reps his crew TOYSOLDIERS and his hometown ADL5000 to the fullest :
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Fredrock, along with other members, form the Adelaide city renowned TOY SOLIDERS collective.
From 3D lettering, B-Boy Creatures, large scale productions and advanced shading techniques, Fredrock over time has become respected by the public and his peers. Having travelled and painted worldwide a number of times, Fredrock likes to keep to his roots and support the local scene building on what he likes to call "Adelaide Pride."Fredrock's Facebook Link!
Fredrock's Facebook Link!
Jay Medlen is an up and coming stencil artist from Adelaide, South Australia.
His style has progressed from predominantly grey scale to incorporate a new colour and texture palate. His work involves varying subject matter from hip-hop portraiture and femme fatales to inspirational landscapes and classic street scenes.
Medlen grew up in a community that encouraged his artistic skills from a young age, with more than twenty years experience with multiple creative styles, this fresh face to the stencil scene shows considerable natural talent and has a unique foresight for the genre.Jay's Facebook Page!
Jay's Facebook Page!
Rotten Fantom is a project of two artists: Helen from Saint Petersburg and Waldez from Moscow.
The dynamic duo do surreal, horror and mystical black and white drawing. Chief idea laying in Rotten Fantom’s art is to reflect natural forces’ never ending cycle of decay and resurrection.
They bridge cosmic gaps between human, beasts and plant worlds researching the borders between life and death in quest for proto-entities behind dead and living matter. Every work of art is the result of trance, mystic sacrifice, helping to approach the state behind conditions of life and death, future and past, personality and absolute, when all dead and living create the unique canvas of existence. The purpose is to behold Great Spirit’s embroidery on that canvas.Rotten Fantom's Website!
Rotten Fantom's Website!
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