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Lucas Salton

Lucas Salton

The giant spider was conceived first in 2016 as a tribute to the late great David Bowie by reference to the Spiders from Mars.
While the idea has expanded to explore concepts of uniqueness and expression it also alludes to digital media and the intricate web between users capturing memories, and the web capturing users.
(She) is being created as a counterpoint attraction. Familiar but alien. The scale and form aims to engage the audience and create a feeling of tension, caution or heightened awareness and at the same time acceptance and tolerance.
This foreign attendee will hang out and rock on at this human festival and show that it is awesome to be different. It’s a bit of a dichotomous-cyber-hybrid-arachno-luminous-yolo-mo-fo you might say.  

Beastman

Beastman

Beastman (Bradley Eastman) is an multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Influenced by the biodiversity, symbolism and design aesthetics behind nature’s repetitive geometric growth patterns and organic landscapes, Beastman's paintings, digital illustration, commercial projects and public murals explore a unique visual language, depicting future environments of abstracted landscapes, potential new life forms and human intervention.

One of the most distinctive and prolific emerging contemporary artists from Australia, Beastman has exhibited his artworks extensively around the world, has curated and organised numerous international art exhibitions and projects, and has been commissioned by the likes of Element, Facebook, Vivid Sydney, Mini, Westfield, Red Bull, Stockland, Hyundai, Smirnoff and more. His artwork was recently acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, and his large solo and collaborative mural works can be found all over Australia and around the world.

 

Photo by Billy Zammit 

Frank & Mimi

Frank & Mimi

FRANK is Rick Hayward, one half of creative duo Frank & Mimi. With an interest in humanity's relationship with nature and heavily influenced by traditional sign painting, Rick's typographic arrangements imbue a sense of rhythm, balance and vicarious nostalgia.

Photo by Jack Birtles 

Bonnie Jenkins

Bonnie Jenkins

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coasts Hinterland, Bonnie started her photography career in 1999 studying a diploma of photoimaging then going onto complete a bachelor in Photography at Queensland College of Art, which gave her the opportunity to study abroad at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2008 Bonnie expanded her visual art practice completing a Masters in Visual Arts at Falmouth University College, Cornwall, UK.

Bonnie went on to teach photography at a local college. Now focusing full-time as a freelance photographer and visual artist, Bonnie works within nature to create abstract photographs and videos, often collaborating with performers via projections.

The Secret Garden recalls my childhood fascinations with my natural surrounds. I draw inspiration from the peripheral visions of the everyday and the combination of nature and the lens. Photography represents reality yet simultaneously has the ability to unsettle this visual ‘reality. Collaboration with nature is vital to my work, so the fact that the majority of effects are created in-camera, is intrinsic to the work. Its all about appreciating the very real environment we live in and the magic of the optical instrument at capturing these elements in a unique but very real way. 

Wintercroft

Wintercroft

There's something poetic in the marrying of creator and creation. And these Beautiful Masks, Made By You, are the perfect opportunity for you to become part of the MMVAF open-air exhibition. 

This year, we’re giving away a coveted Golden Ticket to the luckiest and craftiest mask wearer at the festival, judged by the Almighty himself – Mr Wintercroft of the Isle of Great Britain. 

On September 10, tag us in your Wintercroft mask with @mmvafestival and #MaroochyGoldenTicket, and let the Best Mask stand out! Remember: dress to impress, this is the Maker himself we’re talking about here, judging you from up above (the Equator). 

Design Lab vs Tiamco

Design Lab vs Tiamco

A colab between two creative and dynamic Sunshine Coast design studios, that will transform the beautiful festival grounds into an illuminated wonderland. 

Rhys Gordon

Rhys Gordon

A unique tattoo artist operating in his own private Tattoo studio in Sydney, Rhys honours the tradition's of the best studio's he has worked in over the years as well as a dedication to Japanese Tattooing in general.  Rhys works by appointment only in a peaceful surrounding, concentrating on Japanese and Eastern based tattoo design's.  Rhys brings his "Behind the Lines" exhibition to MMVAF this year and we can't wait to see it transform BOMA.

"Behind the Lines", is a journey deep into the realm of tattoo art practice across three cultures – Japan, Polynesia and the West – uncovering its history and place in the modern world through live tattoo demonstrations, photography, illustration, film and artefacts.

Conrad Square

Conrad Square

Conrad Square is a 29-year-old Graphic Designer and Fine Artist living and working in Brisbane, Australia. His visual language is made up of forms, shapes and bright colours. His unique composition of big eared, helmet wearing mechanical characters are inspired by Tokyo's cityscape and Japanese Pop-Culture alike. 

Square grew up on the East Coast of Australia which is polluted with sporting culture. Being deprived of any authentic inspiration from his peers and surroundings he found himself getting lost in books and magazines of any creative sort from an early age to satisfy his colourful imagination. On his 18th birthday he received the book Street Logos which saw his world become infused with wheat pastes, stencils and aerosol characters they called 'Street Art'. This book proved to be the first step in his marathon obsession with everything the outside galleries had to offer.

 

Thom Stuart

Thom Stuart

Thom Stuart is a Sunshine Coast-based painter and printmaker, whose work draws heavily on the artist’s experience surrounded by both natural and urban environments.

With an established practice in both the studio and street, his work is entrenched in the visuals of his youth, including graffiti culture, surfing iconography and musical sub cultures such punk and hip-hop.

Whether large or small, Thom’s work always aims to bring a joyful mash-up of colour and form of visual delight. Perfect for the festival green. 

Sepik Totems

Sepik Totems

The Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation building was one of the most exciting PNG projects by famed Queensland Architect Jim Birrell.  Birrell was the first architect in Papua New Guinea to incorporate indigenous art into the design of public buildings.  The artists involved in the facade relief were from various regions in Papua New Guinea.  In appreciation for the celebration of indigenous art in his buildings, artists from the Sepik River carved Birrell five totems to ward off evil spirits.  This is the first public exhibition of the artworks since they were carved in the mid 70's. 

Jake Reston

Jake Reston

Jake Reston is a Brisbane-based designer , whose work reflects his experience living + surrounded by both natural, urban environments and the people that live within it.

 

With practice in both the graphic + manual design, his works form a diverse range of styles that overlap in many ways on many days.

Visual Artists