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.
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