The first See World Sessions kicks off next week, a new live Music + Art festival for the South West region.
Hosted at Black Brewing Co. the event will have a strong focus on live art, live music, local food, beer and wine. See World Sessions will feature local visual artists Aidan Lee Smith, Chloe Wilder, Jack Bromell, Steve Browne and surfboard art by Glen Stone. Music brought to you by electronic artists Paces, Palace, Kachina, Ricky Green and more.
Live art will be on display by each visual artist as well as a collaborative piece that will be donated to the Telethon Adventures Charity for auction in October. Individual pieces by the artists created on the day will also be available for purchase at the event. See World Sessions will bring the best of the South West and is sure to be an amazing day full of art, music, food, beer and wine.
On a recent trip to Margaret River we interviewed featured artist Aidan Lee Smith. Smith moved to Margaret River in 2010 and became a full time artist and now creates commissions to his customers all over the world. Aidan Lee Smith is one of the artists that you will be able to witness paint at the first See World Sessions this month.
When did you first decide to be an artist?
A friend gave me paints for my 30th birthday, and after painting for a couple of months I had enough works for an exhibition. The exhibition sold out and I became a full time artist there and then – that was a year and a half ago.
Your style in three words?
Experimental, colourful, emotional.
How do you choose your subjects for your paintings?
I try and find images with high contrast, shadows, wrinkles or intense expressions to play around with. Recently I’ve been trying to work from my own photographs which has been a whole different challenge.
Who/What is your inspiration?
I was originally inspired by Voka and his simple, fast colourful style of spontaneous realism but more recently by the complex layered works of Andrew Salgado, Joshua Miels and Jimmy Law
How have you found living down south as an artist?
Its been amazing. For the small population there’s quite a thriving art scene, and with all the tourists coming through you can get your work seen by a lot of people. With all the surf, exploring and mountain biking it’s the perfect place to have super flexible work hours too!
Could you give us a little insight into your creative process?
I never have a legit plan – I get bored very easily so I try and get my hands on as many different materials and mediums as possible and give them all a go. As I’m fully self taught, I make a lot of ‘mistakes’ but half the time I stumble across something that works and keep rolling from there. Living in an incredible wine region definitely helps with the creative process too.
What can we expect to see at See World Sessions from you?
To be honest I have no idea! I’ll be doing a huge collab piece with my friends Chloe Wilder and Jack Bromell, and will probably whip up a big solo live piece, something music orientated like a huge miles davis or jimmy hendrix, but ultimately I’ll see where the afternoon takes me. I’ll have some affordable prints for sale too.
See World Sessions is on the 17th of September at Black Brewing Co. last tickets available online!