Vantage Point is a Mostly show hosted by James ‘JB’ Bullough and Tom Auto64. Each episode will feature an established Local and International artists working in the Graffiti, Post Graffiti, Street Art, Urban art and Contemporary art scene and will bridge the gap between the artwork hanging on gallery walls around the world, and the artists who create that work.
EP 125 – LI-HILL
Li-Hill was born and raised in Canada but it was while living in Brooklyn that he made his bones in the art world. His rare ability to translate his work across mediums and scale and from 2D to 3D sets him apart and makes him the envy of many artists. From small studio paintings and sculptures to massive murals and public art installations, Li-Hill’s work illustrates the intersection between the natural and man-mad world through a beautifully unique and energetic visual language. Although the subject of his work is the relationship between opposite forces such as technology and the natural world, or man vs. animal, ironically it is the beautiful symmetry and symbiotic relationship between these opposing elements that the viewer experiences through his work.
EP 124 – AKUT
In the late 90s Akut together with two friends formed a crew that would become one of the most influential crews in one of the largest art movements in the history of art. It sounds like an insane statement to make, but the fact is that Akut and the MaClaim crew were expanding the boundaries of what could be done with a spray can and inspiring countless numbers of artists who would later go on to form the beginnings of the new muralism and urban contemporary art scene. In just 4 years they managed to introduce a level of photorealism into the graffiti scene that hadn’t been seen before and even had a hand in designing one of the most popular and respected spray paint brands in the world. In 2004 Akut transitioned into a new chapter of his career when he linked up with fellow german artist Hera and formed the powerhouse duo Herakut which quickly became one of the most respected and sought after names in the urban contemporary world. With high profile gallery shows and landmark murals across the globe and a 20 year career under his belt, it was an incredible honor and pleasure to sit down with Akut in his Berlin studio for a coffee and a chat.
EP 123 – BEASTMAN
Brad Eastman, better known as Beastman, has spent the past decade cementing his place as a leading figure in the Sydney art scene. Although murals and studio work have always been the core of Eastman’s career, the diversity of his work and output is perhaps his most impressive superpower. His ability to balance high-profile commercial campaigns with international brands against intimate gallery exhibitions and community projects is a skill often overlooked in the art world. In the past 10 years his work has slowly evolved from very illustrative creature based paintings with strong black outlines to bright geometrical abstract work seemingly void of figure at all. The diversity of his visual world is paralleled by the diversity of media he uses to create it. From aerosol and acrylic to sight specific installation with found objects and a wide range of digital work including video and mapping, Eastman remains consistent and authentic across the board.
EP 122 – MODE2
To say that Mode2 is a pioneer of graffiti is a monumental understatement. His aesthetic in the early 80s and the crews he formed and associated with would influence the way that graffiti and especially graffiti characters would look for the next 40 years. In 1987 his work was chosen to be on the cover of Spaycan Art, a book that would become something of a bible within the graffiti world and helped spread the art form around the globe making Mode2 a household name within the scene. His experience and intellect have him widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on graffiti and hip hop culture and when speaking with him one gets a sense that he has forgotten more about painting and writing than most of us will ever have the chance to learn.
EP 121 – FINTAN MAGEE
Fintan Magee has often been referred to as one of Australia’s leading muralists but the truth is he’s been at the top of the heap globally for nearly a decade and gets nothing but the utmost respect from every other painter around the world. Although humans are the central imagery in his somewhat surreal paintings, the thought and meaning behind each piece go far beyond portraiture. With themes touching on a wide range of social and environmental topics Magee’s work is powerful and meaningful without being overt or accusatory. Through his uniquely beautiful technique of mixing loose suggestive brushstrokes with tighter fully rendered areas, he allows the viewer to have a reaction to the underlying themes while still experiencing the beauty and skill of the artwork.
Mysteriously Magee somehow maintains a thriving studio and gallery practice with shows all over the world, while perpetually having one of the busiest travel schedules in the scene.
EP 120 – KAILI SMITH
Born in the Netherlands, raised in Australia, and educated in New York City, the diverse backstory of Kaili Smith parallels the diversity of the work he makes. He first entered the VantagePoint radar a few years ago when his large narrative paintings of urban youth began popping up all over social media. The work had a strength and confidence about it and brilliantly straddled the space between contemporary and classical painting. Upon further investigation however, one quickly realizes that painting is just one aspect of this multifaceted and accomplished artist. At the ripe age of just 25 he has experience in writing and directing films, installation art, oil painting, performance art, graffiti, photography, acting, and documentary films. The future is bright for Mr. Smith and it was a pleasure to sit down with him for a transcontinental interview coinciding with the opening of his current solo show “A Utopia Where The Problems Art Not Fixed” at Thinkspace Gallery in LA.
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Some of the biggest names in the game all in one place.. amazing
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This is program is totally fresh and their website has some beautifully produced vids too. These guys really know their stuff from the trad to the the modern graff and street art. They dig up the best artists around and you'll hear perspectives on the culture you won't get anywhere else. Do it.
really happy to have stumbled across this.. very enjoyable and entertaining. Love the local info with local artists. Thanks guys