Artist Profile - Ben Brown
How would you describe your creative discipline?
The regurgitation of pop culture as a mash up of much loved imagery colliding haphazardly with the contemporary reality - mostly as visual art.
Where would we likely find your work?
On record covers, posters, apparel, skateboards… everywhere - but the easiest way is to go to @mentalben on insta or www.benbrown.com.au
Tell us about your style
I grew up surfing and skateboarding and loving punk rock, and my style evolved and was influenced by those worlds. Add a healthy dose of comics, trashy cartoons from all eras, horror and sci fi movies and you will get the idea...
How did you end up doing what you do?
My dad worked in magazines when I was a kid - and I loved the art departments from those golden era’s - I was always going to be a commercial artist. Never done anything else.
Describe the space where you like to work
I used to share a studio near the beach in Manly with a group of creative freaks - but in recent years have been working out of a great space under my house.
What’s the story behind your artwork for the DC Coffee bag?
I love old world Sydney - pre hi-rise - and wanted to reflect some of that grandeur. I love York street around the QVB and Town Hall, the classic architecture coupled with a contemporary coffee drinking zombie groover was a no brainer for me.
Why do you believe it’s important to express yourself creatively?
It pushes you to think a bit more. Its hard to stand out in todays consumerist content driven world - smart creative thinking brings the froth to the top
What ideas help define your individual approach to life or your work?
Don’t take things too seriously, roll with the punches. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
What’s your dream brief or project?
Designing an LP cover and accompanying touring poster for David Bowie in 1974
How do you take your coffee?
Flat white with two sugars…. can’t shake the excess sugar habit.
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