Ben Brown on the Aussie industry and risks. (part two)

Read part one of our interview HERE

Ø  What are your thoughts on the Australian Industry?
I don’t really have any. My work is pretty niche for want of a better word, and people I deal with are all nice and considerate I think. They know what they are getting from me and I deliver the best I can. I am probably a bit of an outsider in respect to the industry… I suffer a little bit from imposter syndrome. I don’t think I consider myself part of the industry, and don’t think too much about it.

Ø  What risks are worth taking?
wow… I’m not sure. The ones that have happy endings? - In design or illustration I think its good to take risks where possible, but at the same time you don’t want to blow something that has consequences for others. Working with people that are prepared to take risks along with you is fun and worth doing.


Ø  If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
no dickheads… sounds a bit kind of bogan - but it is a simple truth to live by.

Ø  What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
Lots of money in my pocket - heaps of radical ideas in my head - and plenty of time to execute those thoughts and turn them in to things that make people happy.

Ø  Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Pretty much anyone who has led a quiet unhurried life and achieved the things they set out to do and had a bit of love in their lives… but then again I’m quite impressed by people who have achieved outrageous fame, compromised their art for no one and burned out in a chaotic and explosive manner… I’m pretty easy to impress, so there are too many to mention.

Apeseven on living and painting by his rules ....Q&A part two

Read Part one of Apeseven's interview HERE

Ø  Where do the majority of your paid jobs come?


Ø  Who is your role model, and why?
Mohammed Ali, stand by your principals no matter the cost.

Ø  Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My parents

Ø  What risks are worth taking?
Being LVL 12 in Elder Scrolls and seigeing a castle by myself.

Ø  If you loved everything about your job, and were being paid well for it, what kind of offer would make you consider changing careers?
All offers would be considered/listened to by none taken.

Ø  What gets you fired up?
The death of street art

Ø  Have you ever worked overseas or thought about it? Where would you go and why?
Yes. USA, because every person there is not trying to shut you down. they see you working hard to instigate change and fully support it.

Ø  How do you measure success?
Getting to paint whatever I want without some capitalist entrepreneur telling me what to paint.

Ø  If we're sitting here a year from now celebrating what a great year it's been for you, what did you achieve?
Painting as much as possible living by my rules for as much of the year as possible.

Ø  What is a dream you have that you’ve yet to achieve?
When you live the way you want you no longer dream of what might be.

Ø  What gives your art meaning?

Ø  What are you addicted to?

Sydney muralist Apeseven answered some questions for us ...part one

Allow me a moment to introduce myself.... 
My name is: Apeseven
What is your artistic discipline? Painter and installation artist

Ø  What was your first job?
Dish pig at a Butchers shop

Ø  What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?

Ø  Who, or what, was your biggest teacher?
Skateboarding was my biggest teacher it taught me that no matter how many times I got fucked up and destroyed that I should get up not whinge, persevere and play the best hand dealt to me.

Ø  What are some of your technical/artistic/personal “rules” that you never break?
Never put acrylic over oil paint.

Ø  What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?
Love after every interation of it.

Ø  What things do you not like to do in your art?
Dolphins and rainbows.

Ø  What is next?
My  Solo exhibition in November “LAZARUS RISING”


Where are you heading with your work?
My work has gone down a more ephemeral, esoteric tapestry of old world occult imagery heavily laden with symbolism.

Ø  When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?
Grabbing something from a high up.

Ø  If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what rule would you make?
Keep to the fucking left.

Ø  What things do you think should be done the old-fashioned way?

Ø  Where is your happy place?
Studio, just finishing a painting.

Ø  What kind of art do you enjoy most?
I enjoy laughing at home renovation “art” .