Australian Artist Daek William is known for his creative and inspiring street murals around the world. This month he opens a highly anticipated solo exhibition “The Sword and Society” at Linton and Kay Gallery. The exhibition is inspired by a world of mythology, fantasy and imagination. We interviewed Daek about his life, his work and The Sword and Society.
What was it that first motivated you to do graffiti & street art?
I can tell you the exact moment my brain lit up and found this new world. I must have been about 15, I was at central station looking at records and I came across the Bates on the run book. I had to have it! Spent my days copying the pages until I figured it out.
Can you recall the first thing you ever sprayed up? Ever had a brush with the law?
I wrote AP on the back of the shed at my Primary School as we lived across the road from it. Using Dulux. As far as the law goes I was never particularly good at doing graffiti and was more interested in the art of murals, I was one of those day spot guys. I wasn’t a bad boy I liked the Internet and drawing.
What are some the challenges of being an artist?
Keeping clothes nice and finding someone who can cope with you.
Describe your style in three words?
Fantasy, dreams, feminine
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Most definitely my friends and the people around me. I couldn’t keep going with out looking up to my homies Kyle Hughes Odgers, Sean Morris ,Ian strange , Fecks, Ayres, Hosae, Martin Wills, Yok & Sheryo and many more. Watching these guys over the years, learning and creating with my peoples is what keeps me thirsty to succeed.
Tell us about your creative process?
With this collection I’ve created it kind of grew itself, I had set out to create a completely different set of works. After one painting it just flowed in a new direction it was very natural finishing one painting while a new one came to mind, however it wasn’t so natural to try paint 20 paintings in 10 weeks. Which I only missed one. So I’m pretty excited about that.
What is your favourite project to date?
I think Last Chance has been my most favourite project the start of all of this. Meeting all the people that are my best friends and enjoying the moments a lot more for what they were small success in a small city, rather than constantly chasing tails in the world arena.
Number one on your list of places to paint next? And why?
So far Detroit has been the best place for me. So much support so many young awesome people getting creative out there and so many blank walls and the people there are next level cool.
Which part of Perth inspires you the most?
I think possibly because its not a world I am apart of, but I enjoy sitting in the business district in the CBD when I get a chance and enjoying the fast pace well dressed people going about their business and I’m there trying to figure out what’s happening while wondering if anyone takes in the enjoyment of everything around them.
“The Sword And Society” at Linton and Kay Gallery will be your third solo show in Perth. Tell us a little about the exhibition and the meaning behind the title?
The new collection of work I am creating delves into a world of mythology fantasy and imagination. A contemporary twist of the renaissance era where story telling drove fantasy, creating a society of characters that play with fables told time and time again. Like The Fortune Teller predicting your future of new found love, whether it be of luck or with a potion, the traveller seeks wonders of the universe and the voyage to a new world.
The sword is an analogy for myself – I am the sword the brush is the sword . I use this analogy to create a society of characters based off people within my own society, from our own city through photorealistic paintings of people with detailed objects that reflect the story being told.
The Sword And Society opens tomorrow at Linton and Kay Gallery and will be running till the 15th of August. Official opening is on the 9th of August 2-4pm.
Be sure to head on down and experience the majestical works of Daek William!