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Art Talk – Ayla Whitney aka ‘Ayla The Caveman’

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Ayla Whitney aka ‘Ayla the Caveman’ is an Australian born and based artist creating hyper colored art for the inner weirdo in all of us. She had her debut solo show back in 2015 and has been working on her art at a furious pace ever since – creating paintings, murals, prints, illustration and apparel. With all her work imbued with Ayla’s unique eye.

We stumbled upon her work when out wandering the streets of Redfern, Sydney recently… Popping out from a side alley was a huge hyper colored mural featuring a skull and a rainbow. It was classic, yet somehow different – a digital version is featured above. Just like Ayla.

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With Ayla quickly building some major buzz, now is the time to get to know her, by reading the Art Talk interview, below…

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Art Talk – Gus Fink

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Gus Fink is a commercial artist whose multidisciplinary work all falls within the umbrella of ‘Pop Art’ – and like the Ur God of Pop, Andy Warhol, Gus works in every medium available: sculpting, painting, cartoons, film, clothing design, digital art, indie games and music.

Simply put, Gus is an all round pop art visionary!

Gus and his art came to our attention thanks to the recently released ‘Creeplings’ series of designer toys, a collaborative effort between Gus and his equally talented wife Emi Boz – and just like all works that Gus is involved in, they are well worth checking out.

(Picture of some of the ‘Creeplings’ series of blind box art toys, below)

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With Gus constantly pushing his art and himself, working on project after project, now is the perfect time to get to know the man and his art, by reading the Art Talk interview below…

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DIY Yr Dye – The Rise of Home Tattooing

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Recently, we have become intrigued with the rise of the controversial practice of home tattooing. The DIY / punk as fuck alternative to the increasingly bureaucratic world of standard studio work. Home tattooing is raw, dangerous and intimate – attributes we at Art Whore value in any art.

Well, instead of a mere rant, we at Art Whore are blessed to be able to call a recent home tattooist as a dear friend – Namely Beat. So we decided to visit Beat, witness some home tattooing explore the art further.

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Art Talk – J BUX

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We first discovered the work of J Bux when out exploring an abandoned school on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia. In a place filled with your usual male rage vandal destruction – broken glass, shitty tags and the occasional pretty good throw up – J Bux’s work jumped out. All pop culture, cartoons and girl gang attitude. Her work was everywhere! And we rushed around the place looking for it all. Our favorite being a mural of a smoking home made plastic bottle bong accompanied with the words “billies over willies.” It was and is a perfect image.

(Picture below of J Bux’s weed over dicks work – featuring that classic Australian home made bong)

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With work that references animals, marijuana and both American and Australian pop culture – ‘The Simpsons’, ‘King of the Hill’, ‘Blinky Bill’, ‘Ciggy Butt Brain’ to name a few. J Bux can readily be compared to fellow Australian LUSH. But were LUSH is all cynicism, politics and the male gaze, J Bux brings a sense of fun, femininity and sass – A unique vision from a unique artist.

With J relatively new to the art game, now is the perfect time to get to know her, by reading the Art Talk, below…

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Will Coles + his Comic Book Appropriation Series

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We were blown away when first viewing Will Cole’s comic appropriation series a few weeks ago – here were brilliant pieces of art that lampooned the state of the art world with a sense of wit and intelligence that would make Quentin Crisp envious. Punk as fuck, they do not give answers, instead they attack – with a wink and a smile – portraying many of the hard truths of the modern art world. A world sadly not unlike every other, were in this day and age money and power are king.

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Coles’ latest incarnation of the series features nude figures fucking, sucking and undressing whilst stating phrases such as “The gallery that can create an artist can also destroy that artist.” With earlier works in the series featuring scenes of war and soldiers – often with Will shown taking violent revenge against his art world enemies. Taken as a whole the series is a perfect mix of sex, death, politics and comedy. Images akin to political action posters – ready made and meant for dissemination, to act as a message and call to arms.

(Picture below of Will Coles – gun ready for those art world enemies!)

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Well, we decided it would be a good idea to learn more about the series, so we asked him politely to explain the what, why and how.

Read Will’s thoughts on the series below…

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Art Talk – Brad Lonergan aka MONS aka LON

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Brad Lonergan aka ‘MONS’ aka ‘LON’ is an Australian artist, tattooist, designer, writer and model making enthusiast. Brad is exactly the sort of artist that ‘Art Whore’ loves – he can work in any medium, in any style. With his signature look mixing hip hop flow, outsider art attitude and Australian soul. Work that evokes Big Daddy Roth as much as Norman Lindsay and classic era graffiti.

It is obvious when looking at his creations that Brad has devoted his entire soul and being to creation, becoming a veritable artistic workhouse as a result.

Refreshingly, when asked why he decided to pursue art as a lifetime endeavour, Brad doesn’t mention anything except a desire to create, stating laconically that…

I always have wanted to make things, but itsa fuckload more work building submarines than it is painting pictures of them!!!!

(Picture below of Brad tattooing)

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With Brad recently returned to tattooing after a brief sabbatical, and constantly making and creating, now is the perfect time to get to know the powerhouse himself, by reading the art talk below…

*Editor’s note: Brad types like he talks, so we have left his answers unedited to preserve his patois.*

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Art Talk – Nikki Peck aka Nikki Pecasso

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Nikki Pecasso in a Canadian artist creating highly detailed, erotic works. Bold lines, splashes of color and women. So many women. Women playing with molded penises, sitting sexually on toys, holding bongs, sucking on fingers, eating pussy and hovering above us. Torturing us with their perfection. Eyes stern and knowing. Playful.

A mix of porn, feminism and pop that explodes in front of the viewer.

(Picture below of Nikki)

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So, with Nikki’s career just beginning, but her recognition in the scene growing rapidly, now is the perfect time to get to know this brilliant and fun artist, by reading the Art Talk interview below…

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Art Talk – PEACE aka Only Upwards aka The Man of a Thousand Names

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There are your run of the mill writers and then there are guys like PEACE.

PEACE does it all: trains, walls, canvases, stickers… hell, he’d write on anything. In any style. In any way. At any damn time. And refreshingly, he is unashamed to both follow the usual rules of graffiti and break them as he sees fit. He will paint a train one night, then host his own art show the next. He will gain major cred through one name, then drop it and move onto another to push himself.

(Picture below of some art by PEACE)

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With ole PEACE constantly moving, changing and as discussed, writing; now is the perfect time to get to know the lad, by reading the Art Talk interview below… Keep reading

Art Talk – Michael Bennett aka ‘Ink Mike’ aka ‘Inkboy’

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Michael Bennett aka ‘Ink Mike’ is a young Australian artist and designer fresh on the scene yet already gaining fans, press and a bursting at the seams portfolio. His work is technical, fun, vibrant and flowing over with Mike’s boundless personality.

(Picture below of some art by ‘Ink Mike’)

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Mike talks of creating from a very young age, specifically drawing to impress classmates at primary school. When asked for a pivotal artistic experience, Mike mentions being drawn to Alex Pardee during his teen years, and lately drawing major inspiration from Australia’s own ‘Boy Wolf’:

Alex Pardee because of his emotional rawness. His works’ insanity taught me that as long as my art was an extension of my personality then I could do no wrong.

Boywolf has taught me that a brand can be a complete extension of your personality, and to never to create something because you think other will like it or it will sell, but because its what you wanted to make; and basically just go nuts till they dig what you’re doing.”

With Mike new to the scene, yet producing art at an amazing pace – now is the perfect time to get to know the man, his art and life, by reading the Art Talk interview, below….

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Art Talk – Paul Gonsalves aka ‘Ghosts in my Ramen’

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Paul aka ‘Ghosts in my Ramen’ is an American born n based artist making major waves in the pop art and zine worlds. His politically charged art mixes tropes from manga, with soft painting, illustration and a whole lot of pastels. A self described feminist, Paul uses both his art and his Monster Girl creation as a vehicle for the ideas of self love, inclusion, community and the beauty of bodily functions.

(Picture below of Paul aka ‘Ghosts in my Ramen’)

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With Paul’s Monster Girl creation spreading throughout the pop art subconscious, now is the perfect time to get to know the man and his art, by reading the Art Talk interview, below…

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