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THE SEVEN SEAS screen print / t-shirt combo.

Aaron Craig

The Seven Seas in his studio. Photo courtesy of Andy Johnson.

The Seven Seas in his studio. Photo courtesy of Andy Johnson.

We are excited to have partnered with Newcastle-based fashion label Horselove on this release, who have produced a hand-pulled limited edition t-shirt to accompany The Seven Seas hand-embellished screen print.

Horselove is a hand-printed art and apparel label, creating limited supply tees, sweatshirts, cut and sewn garments, often showcasing bold and offbeat prints with a distinctive lo-fi / hand-crafted style. Horselove products are screen-printed and hand-dyed in-house, making them limited, high-quality and unique pieces.

The Seven Seas is a Melbourne based multidisciplinary artist working in illustration and sculpture. He draws and sculpts characters imbued with a deep sense of sleepy serenity. We caught up with him in the lead up to his release for a quick chat. Read below.

'Latest Discovery' hand-embellished screen print (left). 'Reach' hand-pulled screen printed t-shirt (right)

'Latest Discovery' hand-embellished screen print (left). 'Reach' hand-pulled screen printed t-shirt (right)

Tell us about the artwork you've used for your new print and t-shirt edition.
The illustrations I have created for the print and t-shirt relate to the work I did for my solo show. This series of work explores the themes of positive and negative forces and crossing over into parallel universes.

'Latest Discovery' 3 colour screen print on black Stonhenge fine art paper, hand-embellished in gold gouache

'Latest Discovery' 3 colour screen print on black Stonhenge fine art paper, hand-embellished in gold gouache

Your recent exhibition 'SINK' at No Vacancy Gallery featured some amazing 3 dimensional face reliefs that reflect the characters in your 2D work. How important is using different mediums to express your concept and aesthetic?
I have been focusing more and more on my 3D work. Whenever I am illustrating I'm always thinking about how I could make that piece into a sculpture. For me at the moment my 3D work is as important as my 2D work if not more. I really enjoy seeing how my work interacts with the environment as a 3D object.

Tell us about your art making process.
For the past year or so I have been mainly working with gouache on black paper and more recently sculpting and casting large work. I do keep a sketch book but I rarely work off a sketch for my larger final pieces. I usually have an idea of how I want the piece to look in my head and just go for it.

The Seven Seas hand-embellishing his screen print edition. Photo courtesy of Andy Johnson.

The Seven Seas hand-embellishing his screen print edition. Photo courtesy of Andy Johnson.

What is your studio environment like?
I work out of the spare room in my house and make larger/messier pieces in the garage. The spare room is pretty simple just a couple of desks, some toys and my materials. The garage is just a big old mess, lots of spiders and dirt.

Do the characters you use in your work reflect elements of contemporary society or are they more personal expressions?
I would say a bit of both. But they lean more towards my personal life. I don't like to place a specific meaning on any single piece of work, but rather create a story with a body of work.

Mitch from boutique fashion label Horselove screen printing The Seven Seas limited edition tee.

Mitch from boutique fashion label Horselove screen printing The Seven Seas limited edition tee.

What is your art collection like?
I don't have enough! I do have some nice stuff in there though. I have work from TWOONE, Cat Rabbit, Thomas Jackson, Nior and Acorn. I also have some prints from Barry Mcgee, Ghostpatrol and Miso.

'Reach' limited edition tee. Produced by boutique fashion label Horselove.

'Reach' limited edition tee. Produced by boutique fashion label Horselove.

What other things do you collect?
I like collecting toys and books. I have a bit of a Star Wars collection going on and a lot of Japanese toys. Im sort of running out of space to fit things so I should probably reign myself in a bit!

Any other cool projects coming up for you soon?
To be honest there is not a whole lot coming up which is kind of nice. Ill probably begin work on another body of work to possibly exhibit next year. I would like to work on some super large scale sculptures.

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~ Interview by Ben Frost