artist james ettelson

James Ettelson is only 26 and has already had a couple of solo shows, most recently at Sydney's Arthouse Gallery. His premier exhibition was at China Heights, a gallery that showcases emerging art. His style combines traditional Aboriginal painting techniques with pop art.

Which five words best describe you? Fun, cruisey, ocean, party and naughty.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? My career started from my first solo show "Magic eyes" at China Heights. From there I have a got a two-year contract with the Arthouse Gallery where I have just had my second solo show, "Laugh".
What's the best lesson you've learnt along the way? That everyone is the same and that anyone one can do it.
What's your proudest career achievement? Solo show "Laugh" at the Arthouse Gallery.
What's been your best decision? Quitting photography assisting in fashion. It makes me yawn.
Who inspires you? Jean-Michel Basquiat and my friends' humour.
What are you passionate about? Surfing, skating, painting and living.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Kurt Cobain
What dream do you still want to fulfill? To have a solo show in New York.
What are you reading? Wonderland Avenue by Danny Sugerman

images courtesy of james ettelson and arthouse gallery