Melbourne artist Ghost patrol’s diverse practice spreads across printmaking, drawing, street art, sculpture and other multimedia experiments. He likes to visit ideas of space exploration, cosmic scale and the super future. His visual worlds invite ideas and questions to methods of seeing beyond our own existence scale and atomic configuration, through the concepts of curiosity lead science and quantum physics.
Ghost patrol’s semi-anonymity allows him freedom and fluidity to explore various themes and contemporary issues. The small illustrated humans he draws explore themes of existentialism, space and the cosmos, science, mythology and folklore. They speak of the spiritual symbiosis between human beings, fauna and flora; a connection that humans beings have long forgotten or abandoned.
Ghost patrol’s acrylic and oil pastel art work expresses the spiritual connection between man and animal through Japanese folklore and religion. It depicts a figure clothed in a sky-blue robe, wearing a tall white hat, perhaps resembling an origami swan. The Japanese salutation ‘tadaima’ means ‘I’m back’ or ‘I’m home’, perhaps alluding to the swan’s migratory nature. The figure is painted floating with its arms and legs lifting off and is decorated with a constellation composed of confetti colours, captured in a moment of bliss.
Ghost patrol built an international reputation as a street artist working with ephemeral techniques such as stencilling and paste ups. More recently he has focused on illustration, painting and installation. Since he is interested in physics, the future of the universe and introducing his viewers to complex concepts through his inviting characters and worlds. For Ghost patrol the choice of material is not always important. He values the opportunity to experiment when perhaps more familiar materials are unavailable.
He travels the world painting and pasting and becoming more cosmic very in tune with nature and the inner child and exploring and science and fun and staying locked in continues to tell his story more in stripped back colourful concise murals as opposed to the paste ups and abando work he began with.