Name: Paden Hunter
What artists have had a strong impact on you personally?
Hmm, that’s a tough one, Egon Schiele’s racey watercolours were really formative, even though his stuff is a hundred years old his drawings are so present and intimate. After that it’s probably Joost Swarte, his comics and illustration work are great, his characters have such a pleasant attitude to their own bodies and sexuality. So often in the American comic tradition there’s something either quite exploitative or deliberately banal and anxious about sexuality. But Swarte’s stuff really shows that there can be another way.
Besides other artists, what has influenced your style the most?
Probably my love of being pretty meticulous about things, I really like clean lines. I find it strangely soothing setting a drawing up with t-squares and set squares and ruling a lot of straight lines by hand.
How would you like to improve your style?
A while ago I would have said that I wanted to be more prolific with drawing, but lately I’ve realised that part of me wants to keep trying new things, photography, video, more graphic stuff. And this ends up feeding back into my approach to drawing.
If I had to get a tattoo tomorrow it would be…
I was thinking about this on the bus today, maybe a shocked Tintin face in a little square frame on my bum. I’m sure it’d get a laugh.
The last book I read was…
So I’m really bad at getting halfway through books before I want to move on to the next one. I was reading Hannah Arendt’s ‘On Revolution,’ which wasn’t grabbing me quite the same way as her book on Eichhman. I’ve just started ‘The Faber Book of Utopias‘ by John Carey and have high hopes. I feel like utopias are a pretty strange idea in our current, really quite perverse political climate. Lately I’d been thinking about how strange it is that the images we think of when we think about the future (utopian or dystopian) are all so old, a lot of them dreamt up in the ’60s, and I hope this book can shed a little light.
The last song I listened to was…
Tribe Vibes by the Jungle Brothers.
When I am trying to get into my artistic zone I like to…
Put on some disco or house music, it’s great for clearing your head.
Being a young artist living in Australia is…
Challenging, for sure.
What would you tell young aspiring artists?
I once got to listen in on an interview with Del Kathryn Barton, and she had some really good advice, which has stuck with me: “Any kind of creative profession is a lot of work, usually for very little reward, there may be good times but there’ll also be bad times, and it’ll be hard hard, sometimes unbearably hard. If you can find other things in your life to make you happy, follow them, but if you really can’t, if you just keep needing to create things then you’ll just to find a way to make it work.
When I was young I always wanted to…
know what to do with my hair. I feel like I’m still figuring it out.
My proudest artistic achievement was…
Perversely enough, getting an enormous kill fee for a project at Sydney Uni that fell through. It’s great when your labour is valued. Exhibitions are fun, too.
Where do you hope to take your art in the future?
Ooh, lots of places, maybe more short-term future, but I’d love to do something more animated.
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