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Meet the Artist: Rick Hayward

Brisbane Street Art Festival has turned Little Stanley Street into a vibrant canvas, with murals lining the street from a variety of incredible artists.

Today we sit down with one of the artists, Rick Hayward, to find out what inspires them and their artwork.

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR ARTWORK?
I’m a Brisbane based artist and traditional sign-writer focussing on exhibition works, site-specific mural works, and commercial commissions.

YOU HAVE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN SIGN WRITING AND PUBLIC ART… WHAT’S A CAREER HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU?
A highlight for me is having spent more time in the studio developing my personal practice over the last two years, and hosting my first two solo exhibitions last year either side of Covid lockdowns.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT SIGN WRITING?
The authenticity of something being created by hand is appealing, but I think the value for me lies in language and the potential for creating multi-faceted artworks.

WHAT SERVES AS INSPIRATION FOR YOUR ARTWORK?
I’m inspired by eastern philosophy, reductive art movements, and a desire to seek truths in life.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL?
Having the freedom to create to large scale work without having to respond to a brief! Thank you!

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR BUDDING SIGN WRITERS AND CREATIVES?
Seek out mentors and stick with it.

WHERE CAN WE FIND MORE OF YOUR WORK?
All over Brisbane, either collaborations from my old studio Frank & Mimi, or more recently my own abstract work at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Hope St in South Brisbane, Petrie Terrace, and now South Bank!

Find out more about Brisbane Street Art Festival here.

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