Day 3 – David Booth
David Booth is from Hobart and now resides in Melbourne, Australia. He is well known as “Ghostpatrol”, initially gaining his street art cred from painting the laneways of Melbourne. David also works in fine arts, large mural paintings, commercial design and installations.
Are you a self taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
I’m self taught. I have a tech degree, but really I’ve learnt the most from being around other talented people.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
I guess I have a few favourite pencils and a constant music playlist or podcast in my ear is vital.
Your art provides inspirations to so many others. What or who inspires you?
My friends are my biggest inspiration, they are also creatives and they keep me sane. I like to spend time away from my desk in nature to clear my head.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
Each project always seems so different. But most of it comes from ideas recorded in my sketch book. Most of my work start as a rough drawing and a lot of lists. Some projects are fast and some are slow – but I also find myself working pin a few things at once. Painting on one project let’s me spend time think about other upcoming ideas. Some ideas sit in my sketch book for years – whilst others are more instant and straight to the point or done on location.
What part of your process do you love the most?
Traveling – it’s a super privilege to be able to travel, so I try to do my best to make it work for me. It’s a great way to break routines and freshen up my brain for new ideas and keep in touch with other artist friends around the world.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Maybe an arborist ? I’m not sure. I don’t really think of being an artist as work – it seems unfair to compare it to other types of work.
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
I don’t really like to name drop – but I have been really lucky to spend time learning from a broad range of kind and amazing people.
I’m constantly meeting new people that add to my knowledge and inspire me to be good.
Name an underrated artist
Evie Cahir is a super talented amazing artist and good friend.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
My paintings on the Hepburn Windfarm have brought me a lot of joy. It was great to work with the community and it started an ongoing relationship with the renewable energy sector in Australia. I don’t think there are any other painted turbines like this is the world.
I was also really proud to be involved in a few cavities on the documentary film – ‘Westwind’ that premiered recently at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It was a super humbling experience and again, just the start of a bigger journey.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
I’m working on projects with the Peter Mac Cancer Hospital, the Melbourne Museum, a large community mural in Melbourne and leading up to exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia form the 2018 Bienalle.
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