Featured Curator: Ali // ctrl-glitch
Graeme Borland is a 23 year old concept artist from Canada. Throughout his artistic journey, he’s explored a number of different formats. From comics and doodles in his middle school days, to 3D art in his teens, and to the now 2 year old daily sketch project that is his Tumblr blog. When asked what inspired him to start making art, Graeme said:
“I’ve been a game developer since I got my first computer, and the idea of creating worlds and environments has always been interesting to me. Eventually I sort of just figured out that digital painting is one of the fastest ways to get an idea out of my head and into a useful form. I can have an idea, work for 30 minutes and see that idea on the screen. That kind of turnaround time is extremely fast compared to building environments in 3D or levels in a game, and having a quick outlet for ideas is important to me, so it was a natural fit.”
Magee grew up in Queensland and gained a reputation as a graffiti artist before obtaining a Fine Arts degree and moving to Sydney. He now works out of “The Tate Gallery” above the Toxteth Hotel in Glebe. He received national acclaim for his mural depicting Felix Baumgartner in Brisbane.
Described as “Australia’s Banksy”, Magee’s work is recognised for its lack of a political message, compared to other street artists, and its humour. His diligence, technical skill and progressive approach to street art make him one of Australia’s must watch emerging artists.
I guess that this is my biggest work to date. It’s an A1 format ink in cardboard - a drawing that took almost half a year to complete. Also used watercolor, pencil and markers.
I call it “The Companion”. A story about two friends - a girl and her imaginary pet - who travelled for a long time, saw many beautiful places and met a lot of new people, creatures and animals who joined them as their journey continued. They arrived to something that resembles the edge of the world, and at first it might seem that their adventure has come to an end, but the girl is pointing at something high above that we cannot see, showing to her companion that there are more things to discover and enjoy together if only they wish to continue moving forward.
It’s a metaphor for the life experience and the luggage of our imagination. Everyone has a friend - the creature of mind - that follows them from the first day of their life, picking up experience, memories and emotions. We decide for ourselves what to load the vessel with, what the faithful creature of mind and memory will carry along with us to the edge of our existence.
Travel, see, feel, collect everything you find in your life - you never know what things you will want to have with you when the journey comes to an end.
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