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MY BRISBANE

36

| BNE May/June 2016

Gus

Eagleton

Artist

Where are you from?

Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast. 


Why did you decide to make Brisbane

your home?

For a long time I knew I wanted to be an

artist and I needed to live somewhere with

opportunities in the art world as well as places

to study art, so I decided to move to Brisbane.

It has a lot of potential for people who want to

make a career out of art. It’s also not as big and

overwhelming as Sydney and Melbourne can

be, and I had some friends here which was a

great start.

Where do you live?

Spring Hill, which I love because it’s only a short

walk to the CBD and Fortitude Valley. It also has

a great view of the city!

Where can we see your street art around

Brisbane?


My murals tend to come and go but at the

moment I have several in pubs and clubs like

The Foundry, The Met, Kerbside (all Fortitude

Valley) and The Stock Exchange Hotel (CBD).

You can also check out some in West End on

Ashington Street. I have murals all around

Brisbane but one special project I have been

involved with is the Pillars, transforming

Brisbane’s boring concrete pillars into bright

contemporary murals. They can be seen on the

corner of Merivale Street and Montague Road,

South Brisbane.

What was your first street art project and

where was it?

I painted a mural for a group exhibition organised

by Amnesty International at Juggler’s Art Space

in Fortitude Valley which doubled as a fundraiser

for the great work that Amnesty does. It was a

fulfilling experience, collaborating with other

artists as well as raising money for a good cause.

Where can people see some of the best

street art in Brisbane?


Art is starting to become more prominent in

the streets of Brisbane. Since the first Brisbane

Street Art Festival in February this year we

are seeing a big change in the mindset of the

Brisbane community. There are some great new

works to be found, like Guido Van Helton’s six-

storey high piece in Woolloongabba (Trafalgar

Lane, 855 Stanley Street) – it’s hard to miss!

And there are many others around the city –

60 artists participated in the festival painting

murals all around Brisbane inside and outside

establishments.

Where have you painted besides Brisbane?

I have painted all around Australia, more so in

the capital cities than anywhere else. I have also

Photography by Marc Grimwade