Framed: Peche (Red Bull Curates)
Meet one of the two Perth artists taking on Red Bull's Canvas Cooler Project.
Red Bull Curates: The Canvas Cooler Project launched last year in the US, pairing up-and-coming artists with local venue owners across eight different major cities, the project asks artists to transform a Red Bull cooler into an inspired piece of art, to then exist in a shop space of Red Bull's choosing. You can check out some of those videos HERE before the project heads to Australia this month, inviting two Perth artists - Andy Quilty and Dipesh "Peche" Prasad - to apply their talents to Red Bull coolers in Uncle Joe's and Cabinet Noir respectively.
Today we'd like you to meet the second of those two, Peche, with the below interview interspersed with a few of his works. You can read up on the first, Andy Quilty, HERE.
Where did you grow up and where are you based at the moment?
I was born and raised in Savu Savu, Fiji then moved over to Perth, WA. Currently Based in Perth.
Where are you? What are your immediate surroundings?
Catching up at my parents' place for dinner/knocking out this interview. Currently in my old bedroom (my old Simpsons posters are still up, nice).
Please describe a typical day?
Binging on Netflix, walking my pug, beating off, then maybe getting some drawing done… maybe.
What mediums do you use? Do you like to use many or do tend to use the same tools again and again?
I love experimenting with new mediums all the time, I get bored using the same stuff over and over. I do however always seem to come back to blank inks though.
Where do the ideas for your work come from? Is there a particular time or place in your life that seems to generate a lot of your ideas?
A lot of nostalgia and pop culture references definitely influence my stuff. I've got this weird selective memory where I can forget what I've done this week but can somehow remember word for word specific episodes of cartoons and shows from my childhood. That always seems to come through somehow in my work.
Who/what inspire you and your work the most?
Versatile artists that always work across different platforms with different mediums.
Do you read or have any favourite comics?
Spiderman's: 'Maximum Carnage' series hands down!
What have you been listening to lately? Is music something that is just playing constantly while you work?
Just recently got onto using Spotify so it's been a mix mash of trolling peoples' playlists. Full albums on rotation though have been: Slum Village - YES!, Onra - Fundamentals, Black Milk - If There's a Hell Below. Yep always gotta have music, shows, movie on whilst working. I churn through content.
What is something new you have noticed or learned recently?
That the blonde/bald old lady from Orange Is The New Black is Lori Petty AKA Tyler from Point Break, mind blown!
What was the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Total mind blank but some good advice in regards to art/design I've gotten was always try and complete a project, and don't let a bunch of half done things linger. Finish it off, if you're not thrilled with it, doesn't matter move on to the next thing. I've found with this method things I finished that I didn't totally dig or have confidence in at the time, I've looked back on down the track and thought 'Oh shit that wasn't actually too bad!, I dunno how I did that in fact'.
Can you suggest three artists/illustrators/creatives we should check out?
McBess, Naturel, Aaron Horkey.
Outside of this what do you like to do?
Fitness is up there, I find it's awesome for mental blocks rather than just being cooped up in a studio, you go and train, then come back to work with a fresh set of eyes.
What are your favourite and the best things to do in the city that you live in?
Bounce in Cannington is pretty sik.
Thanks a lot for you time! Any last words/shout outs?
Thanks guys! Oh yes if you're in Perth I'll be having joint exhibition with my partner Shu Daniels on the 10th of August at The Bird in Northbridge, hope you all can make it! :)