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// Thursday, March 14, 2013


We're loving RAW:Brisbane artist Gus Eagleton's work over here. While the juxtaposition between two very contrasting elements is not a new concept to contemporary art, Eagleton has a fresh, signature way of unifying both street art and fine art, literally blurring the lines between the two and conceiving a new end product. His work urges us to see the beauty in the in-between. We talk to him about his work.

"Central to my latest body of work is the notion of the urban landscape being a representation of a greater body of existence [...] in part, being a structural doppelganger, shadowing cultural traits and trends," explains Eagleton.

Whether it's through the use of traditional oils mixed with the good ol' aerosol can, or rigid and clean architecture confounded by distortion and deconstruction, Eagleton forces us to see a the mingling of a world usually wrought with division and segregation of high and low brow, rich and poor, urban and suburban (so on and so on) ... and totally love it. 

"By looking at the urban landscape we are able to look at and better understand people. And what we see, I believe, is two opposing forces in complete unison. One being authoritative and ordered, while the other is free and rebellious, such as the theory of Apollonian and Dionysian. The point at which they meet is where aesthetic beauty can be found within the urban landscape."

The photographic quality of his paintings pleasantly blended with the more organic abstractions on one canvas adds another layer to a work already brimming with intriguing dichotomies. 

"I like the idea of making a painting a painting, pieces that can be cherished as a piece rather then a painting of something. There have been hundreds of realist painters on the cusp of photography and they're all great, but I'd really prefer not to be lumped in with all of them. Rather, I would just like to be known as an artist. I have always been interested in these juxtaposing elements and, in this instance, I'm trying to combine them aesthetically. You could say it's an 'old meets new,' combining the elements of contemporary and traditional art."

"Although a lot of my pieces reflect, at times, an eerie feeling, they're designed to be intriguing, with the aim of inspiring the viewer to look deeper than face value [...] to truly ponder what more is out there, and to reflect on the beauty life has to offer."

View more of his work online at: 

A recent mural is also on display on James Street in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane as well as other secret locations.