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What do you do?

I consider myself a visual artist; my work ranges from hand drawings to paintings. I also do graffiti art and tattoo commissioned art as well.

Sugar Skull 2012

Describe your art.

Dealing with the human body, in terms of beauty, in terms of darkness; I have a passion for anatomy and that shines through in a lot of my work.

2007 Lead pencils and pastel crayons on cardboard.

Lead pencils and pastel crayons on cardboard.

What inspires you?

Everything inspires me. It could be a spider crawling up a tree. It could be the music I’m listening to. An image in a book. The costumes that I wear, because I do Greek folkloric dancing, the details of the costumes… everything, everything.

Cretan: canvas and acrylic paint

Cretan: acrylic on canvas


Vovousa: acrylic on canvas. *Note: Vovousa is name of the costumes worn in the image and is also a region of Greece situated in Eastern Epirus.

Vovousa: acrylic on canvas
*Note: Vovousa is name of the costumes worn in the image and is also a region of Greece situated in Eastern Epirus

Do you have a favourite piece?  

This is hard…I’d have to say the anatomy head just there. Yeeah, I worked hard on that one. I used oil pastels so the layering of that was a bit of a work out [laughs]. Because I had to start with the base layers, then I had to add on the different colours, and then scratch out the finer fibres in the muscles and tissues. I just love the way it turned out. You can see the intricacy and detail of that. So, that’s what I love about it, just the human body baring it all.

Lead pencil and pastel crayons on paper

Lead pencil and pastel crayons on paper

When do you find yourself being most creative?

You know a lot of times when I walk outside and it’s a beautiful day, I can just get my spray cans or something and spray away. For me it’s about the mood,  I have to be in a good mood to work. I work better when I’m happier. If I’m down I’d rather just sit down and chill. The light affects me as well. Have you ever heard of “winter depression”? You don’t get enough sunlight it sort of depresses you, and artists work with a lot of light, so sunlight helps a lot.

Lead pencil and water colour pencil

Lead pencil and water colour pencil

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished a tattoo job. That was a big piece. The final product looks amazing. I’ve also just been commissioned for another tattoo job, so this one is adding to an existing piece, and we’re just working together to see what we can come up with.

For your tattoo art commissions, are you given images to simply replicate or are you given ideas to then materialise into an image?

It works both ways actually; some people give me free creative reign. They give me an idea, so say if they want something religious, I do extensive research to make sure that it’s correct; because the last thing you want is for a person to have an image tattooed permanently to their body that is just completely wrong. Other people give me images to collate together just to work out a piece for them.

Grid Girl

Do you ever feel that you’re more passionate about the image and the history of it than the person you are drawing it for?

[laughs] Yeah sometimes, sometimes. I ask them a lot of questions too, really badger them about it, because sometimes a person doesn’t realise what the image they want actually represents and signifies. ‘Are you sure you actually want this? But are you sure?’

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

The one thing that I’ve noticed with a lot of people is that they love the detail, that’s the one thing that people always comment on. The harder a piece is, the more I get out of it, I find.


Mural Process

Mural 2013: Artline marker on painted cafe wall. Café Le Classique, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Vic.

Mural 2013: Artline marker on painted cafe wall. Café Le Classique, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne Vic.

Drawing Portafilter 22-05-2013 5 20 44 pm      Drawing Coffee Machine 22-05-2013 5 21 27 pm

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

Oh I’ll sit there for as long as it takes. For example for this tattoo piece I worked on recently, it was on an A2 size sheet and it was of the Egyptian god Anubis, god of the underworld and it was for an entire back tattoo. I worked for over 60 hours, and one day I worked for 10 hours straight. So, as long as it takes to finish a job, yeah. Especially if it’s commissioned, then the sooner it’s done, the better, because I don’t like to keep people waiting.

Anubis 1

Anubis 13

Anubis 10

Tattoo Details: Tattoo and adjustments to the design, done by Shep. The Body Art Shop 1/53 Grange Rd. Welland South Australia Australia

Tattoo Details: Tattoo and adjustments to the design, done by Shep.
The Body Art Shop
1/53 Grange Rd.
South Australia

Describe your creative process.

It varies. If it’s just for me, my own personal project, then I just wake up and do it. I’ll sleep on it and I wake up the next day, I can picture it, and it’s done. That was something that annoyed all my teachers through uni and high school, because it was compulsory to keep journals of our work and I could never, never do it. All my ideas are stored in my brain and that’s how I work. They were always asking me how I’m doing it and I was like ‘look I’d sleep on it, and it was there, that’s it, you know?’ and they would be like ‘but surely you’ve seen it somewhere’ ‘yeah, somewhere, in the back of my brain’ [laughs]. But if the piece is for someone else, that’s when the research comes in.


Mixed media on A0 Litho paper

Mixed media on A0 Litho paper

What tools do you use?

Felt tip pen; water colour pencils; oil pastel crayons; spray paints; ink; collected cards; different media; paper; paint; conte crayons; conte chalks; graphite, and more!

Homage to Duchamp: Spray paint, Artline permanent marker acrylic paint and bicycle wheel

Homage to Duchamp:
Spray paint, Artline permanent marker acrylic paint and bicycle wheel

What constitutes as your first piece?

Actually, I was quite proud of a line drawing I had done back in uni, it was a portrait of my sister. In saying that, a fellow student at uni liked it so much that she really wanted it and she actually asked me for the piece, and I gave it to her. She actually loved it as much as I did, but I found it okay to part with. In the beginning I wasn’t able to part with my work, but you know, as years sort of drag on you’re sort of able to let things go.

How has your technique changed over time?

I’ve grown up in a family, in a place where perfection is everything. Colour inside of the lines, draw perfect pretty little pictures etc. and that continued all through high school. As soon as I got to uni they threw all that out the window. Back to basics, right? So to do a line drawing, that means you have to look at the picture, without looking at the page. And I was like ‘but don’t you want perfect pictures?’ and they’re like ‘no, you are going to find your own style through this process’ and I did. It helped me to look at things better, take in the detail.

What do you want people to take from your work?

I don’t know…..I really don’t know….it’s a hard question, I guess, I hope that it just makes them happy.

Spray paint and charcoal on canvas

Spray paint and charcoal on canvas

What do you hope happens in the next year?

I’ve wanted to put together an exhibition and hopefully 2014 is the year.

Where can we find your stuff?

You can’t [laughs] I don’t have a website or a facebook page or anything. People have always commissioned me through word of mouth.

To check out more of Evelyn Darzanos’ work, you can contact her via

Email: edarzanos@live.com.au


get to know DAVE COURT

What do you do?

I paint and screen print mainly; and I do t-shirts as well. ‘Fools and Trolls’ is the name of the (T-shirt) brand, and I’ll be, yeah, hopefully devoting more time to that next year, but working on both still.

What inspires you?

I think, on that sort of thing, I like the Chuck Close quote you know the “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” I think inspiration is rare and not very sustainable

Do you have a favourite piece?

Uuh, I don’t know; they’re like children, they’re all special in their own way; but not a single favourite.

When do you find yourself being most creative?

I try to work even if I don’t feel creative. But I guess I have different phases of working. Like I’ll do a lot of screen printing work, which is you know very precise and clean, and very time consuming, and tidy. And then I’ll be sick of that and want to do some messy painting and make a mess; and then I’ll be painting for months and months and then be sick of that and do like a pencil drawing. Yeah, I just go through cycles I guess.

What are you working on right now?

The screen printing a lot and I’ve just finished all of the honours stuff which is pretty exhausting. So just screen printing at the moment, mainly. And I’m hoping to start painting regularly next year again, even though I don’t have anything in particular that I’m working towards, like I don’t have a show coming up or anything, but I’ll keep working on stuff.

What kinds of comments do you get from audiences and family and friends?

It’s all really different. I talked about this in my exegesis as well, I had a thing, it was for SALA. I got given this shipping container at Mosley  Square to have an exhibition in. And the comments from that were interesting… A lot of people have always said about my work “ooh my kids would love that” because I guess I have that kind of look, even though I’m not trying to produce ‘kids arts’, I guess that’s what people see it as [laughs]. Well, parents say that. But then there are people like me, who aren’t parents, and are like “I love that” and it’s good. But yeah, the most interesting comment is, yeah “my kids will love that”.

What do you think appeals to people about your work?

I try not to focus on what other people like about it because then I’ll get stuck making for other people, which is a bad place to be. So I try making things that I like and I want to see. So, I guess I draw it from all kinds of different places and things that I find interesting. And a balance of different things, like a balance of the detail and the messiness, and flatness, and texture, and all that.

How long will you sit with a piece until it’s finished?

Depends, really. The two pieces that were in the (SASA gallery graduate) exhibition, I worked on bits and pieces all year; but some others I would do in like an afternoon or a week or something, it really varies a lot. That’s the tricky thing, deciding when to stop, and I think that affects my work more because of the way that I work. There’s a lot of layering. I guess I would just keep going, and that’s what decides the stop, the fact that it’s due. I just keep going as far as I can, keep trying to make it better and better.

Do you think that’s going to inhibit you when you stop studying?

I hope not. I would do it in different ways, I’ll have some that are like long term pieces; then others that I’ll do until I like the look of them, and then not look at them again.

Describe your creative process.

I guess it’s the same process for all of the pieces. I’ll read stuff and look at stuff and absorb everything that I think is interesting or that I like the look of or that grabs me, and I’ll kind of vomit it back onto the canvas and then play with it and pull it around, mess with it until it looks good.

Do the images that you combine together relate to each other in some sense or is it more the aesthetic collation that appeals to you?

A bit of both. They’ll generally be from something that I’m interested in in that moment, or if I’m researching in a particular area. Like, these ones here were influenced by propaganda posters and books that was a phase I went through. Sometimes they’re related, sometimes they’re contrasting.

Do you have a piece/type of piece that seems to get more attention than others?

I guess the ones that are colourful and have pretty girl faces [laughs]. That old chestnut.

Do you think that that aesthetic appeal, “colour, and pretty girl faces” delivers the same appeal over all the various media you use?

Yeah, I guess that was kind of my idea with the skateboards. Will it get the same reaction? That was a thing as well because a lot of people would come to the exhibition I had on and would be like “yeah skateboards!” and that’s what drew the person in, so I guess it’s like a different  entry point to looking at art.

What tools do you use?

Everything. All sorts: paintbrushes; scrapers; knives; I’ll set fire to stuff.

Where can we find your stuff?




instagram: @dave_foolsandtrolls

You can contact Dave Court via:

email: davecourtfoolsandtrolls@gmail.com

Dave Court has also been selected to showcase his work at the Helpmann graduate exhibition, so be sure to check out his work there; and the work of many other talented South Australian artists. February 14 to March 9 2014.


Dave Court is also hosting a ‘Design and Print Your Own T-Shirt’ workshop Saturday afternoons during Fringe. Make sure you mosey on down and get creative.


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