A Day in Canggu With Jakarta Artist Alipjon

Alipjon is a 25-year-old painter and illustrator from Jakarta. He’s been pegged as a “garage artist” by Insight, the clothing label who recently shot a collab video with him, but he still makes most of his money by painting with acrylics on canvas. His aesthetic sits somewhere between the rawness of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat and the colour-heavy, fluoro surf and skate logos that were popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Cleon Peterson: From Deviant Streetscapes to All-Out War

At 24-years-old, Cleon Peterson was living in his car, shooting heroin and facing a possible three-year jail sentence. Now the 45-year-old lives in LA with his wife and kids and has established himself as one of America’s most prolific modern artists, attracting attention both in the realms of international galleries and popular culture. His work is confronting but also pleasing to the eye, merging the brutal violence he sees in the world with an aesthetic that is part Greco-Roman and part graphic novel-esque.

Artist Bill Tonnesen is No Stranger to Controversy

Tonnesen is a landscape architect by trade but is perhaps better known for his sculptures, which are slightly haunting and macabre. To give you an idea, they’re usually life-sized human figures that might be clutching a weapon, a musical instrument or partially covering themselves with a blanket. But perhaps the most striking thing about them is their placement: you’ll find one perched up on someone’s roof, adorning a mailbox, or ‘hiding’ in the bushes of someone’s yard.

Todd Francis Makes Art For Antihero Skateboards

From pigeons watching porn to dogs attacking cops, there’s definitely an animals-vs-humans motif that can be seen throughout Todd’s art. The Venice Beach native is best known for having illustrated the eagle logo that has become synonymous with Antihero Skateboards. Todd’s work is by no means safe, rather it’s provocative and controversial—not in a particularly avant-garde or pretentious way, but in a way that forces you to interpret the meaning of it.

Petty Crime, the Housing Crisis and the Future of Street Art

Fintan Magee’s work almost always makes comment on the pressing social, political and environmental issues of the times. His recurring themes include climate change, the migrant crisis and the plight of working-class people. Speaking to Fintan, it’s clear that he’s well read and stays informed of the news, but his understanding of these issues isn’t purely academic, it’s informed by his personal experiences.

Angry Art, Gimp Masks and Islamic Boarding School

Ican Harem is shirtless, sweaty and wearing a pink BDSM mask. He’s screaming over a rapid and jarring electronic beat. A strobe light darts around him and incense smoke wafts through the room. When the audience are given rolls of duct tape, they use it to tape him to the wall. At this venue, which is one of Bali’s most popular tourist bars, this brand of performance art is especially confronting. That’s probably the point though.

Scottie Marsh: Artist or Vandal?

Scottie Marsh is between studios at the moment, so he’s working out of a little gallery above this iconic pub, just outside Sydney’s infamous lockout zone. I find him in a largely empty room staring at a piece of canvas, layered with light purple and orange paint, which has been taped to one of the walls. A milk crate filled with Ironlak tins sits at his feet and his dog wanders freely around the room. We sit on a sticky leather couch to chat about his art.
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