Interview with Sam Knest

We spoke to Perth artist Sam Knest about what he has been up to lately, which includes exhibiting in the group art show “Give Way” on at the Mixtape Gallery in Northbridge, Perth until the 21st of February. There is a lot more nice pieces over on his website, including a piece done for Semi Permanent and a few done in an empty swimming pool which are worth checking out.

What have you been up to lately?
I’ve been busy painting on bits of old cut up wood, putting them all together like a type of puzzle and framing them. I guess by painting on old found wood it’s very similiar to graffiti as its ephemeral and will fade over time. Aswell as the odd stickers here and there I’ve also finished a little colouring book zine.

What do you think were some of the more stronger influences that helped shape your own particular style?

I’m influenced by African tribal work, trippy patterns and intricate detailing. I have an appreciation for these works as you know that a lot of time went into creating them. I also enjoy working with wood textures as I think its more interesting than a white background.

You are involved in Mixtape Gallery’s “Give Way” exhibition. What can we expect to see from you and the others at the exhibition?
I have two new works in this show, one a framed wooden puzzle piece with a couple characters and a set of boat oar heads.

Your latest magazine “The Lonesome crowded west” will be available on the night. What can we expect?
This zine is just a collection of little drawings from the past month and it’s only a couple of pages. I’ve called it a colouring book but im not sure anyone will actually be colouring all the little triangles and weed leaves.

Do you have a favourite artist, or artists?
No, I don’t think I do but there are a few Perth people who are painting some real nice walls at the moment.

What are you reading/watching/listening to/browsing at the moment?
M.Ward, Method Man, Modest Mouse.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
More walls and trying to work on this big wooden installation which is taking way too long. Oh and travelling.

Where do you find inspiration?
Can I say drugs?



  1. your my hero

    sour, February 18th, 2010 at 3:41 pm
  2. Love this dudes Work

    Pixelgroove, March 15th, 2010 at 3:59 am

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