ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Who are you? Introduce yourself.
Hey, I’m Demonstrips. I’m a Melbourne artist who likes to draw weird creatures influenced by sci-fi and 90's skateboard graphics. My art is mostly in digital form, but I’ve been recently trying other mediums like using spray-paint and t-shirt screenprinting.
I used to sketch a lot as a kid, but I stopped when I found skateboarding and beers. I picked it back up when I was 19 and spent a few months in hospital. I was really bored and found drawing was a fun way to keep myself busy - and I’ve never stopped!
I’ve been selling my art at markets and exhibitions around Australia, and painted a few murals around Melbourne. Last year I achieved my childhood dream of designing a skateboard graphic, which was made into a board for Polish company Nibiru Skateboards. I also make zines and co-run the Zine Gang Distro with my partner.
Painting at Platypus Alley (Melbourne CBD laneway)
"A Japanese restaurant let me and my mate David have free reign over the wall outside the shop. So I painted a couple colourful monsters. I’m not sure if it’s still surviving."
Skateboard for Nibiru Skateboards
"I started skateboarding in primary school, drawn in by the graphics on 90's skate desks. The images then influenced my illustrations as I got older, and I'm stoked to now have one of my designs made into a skateboard by Polish board company @nibiruskateboards"
'Bat Rider' digital print
"I try to make my art as weird as possible. I may have peaked when I did this drawing!"
'Gut Fucked' digital print
"This is a cover for my yet-to-be-released zine I’m planning about my time in hospital, when I had my guts ripped apart and almost died a couple times."
"This was one of two decks I painted for a group exhibition last year at the Albert St Gallery in Brunswick. The theme of the exhibition was movement, so I drew a bloke getting pulled down into the ocean by a bunch of tentacles."