One of Australia's best known street artists presents an exhibition on the theme of humanity and nature
Brad Eastman grew up in Castle Hill, northwestern Sydney, obsessed with skateboarding and filling notebooks with sketches. Nowadays he's one of Australia's most recognised street artists, whose murals and public commissions can be found all over the country and internationally.
These days Beastman, 37, calls Bali home, but he's returning to our shores for an exhibition at the Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood titled The Human Intervention. A series of "imaginable future landscapes", the series invites viewers to consider their role in nature and asks, what is the future of nature?
"All life on Earth has one common ancestor," Beastman writes in his artist statement. "Everything is connected to everything. So how it is that our species has come to dominate our planet? And more so, what gives us the right to do so?"
The show features 22 acrylic works on wood panel and canvas, all executed in Beastman's colourful, hard-edged, geometrical style. The opening night is May 4 from 6pm. And if you're hoping to pick up a Beastman canvas of your own, our advice is: don't muck around.