Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an accomplished Australian artist who specialises in painting, illustrating and installation art. Born in Perth, Australia, Kyle has travelled the world and exhibited large scale street art ranging up to 50 lineal metres in private and public collections. Most recently he has illustrated his first children’s book “Ten Tiny Things” written by Meg McKinlay, published through Fremantle Arts Press.
Kyle’s geometric style has become very much his signature and is now featured in The Laneway at Barkly Square, the new arts and entertainment precinct.
Kyle, you are a well-established artist. Tell us your background and how you became to the success you have achieved to date.
I was always interested in drawing growing up and this lead to making street art and painting works for exhibitions in the early / mid 2000’s. Lately I have been working across large scale public art projects, 3D works, interactive works, exhibitions, product collaborations and children’s books. My next book ‘On a small island’ is out in all good bookstores Australia / NZ from October 1st. It’s my first book I have both written and illustrated.
Brunswick’s local community really embrace street art. Have you noticed any pieces while you’ve been here that have taken your eye?
I really like the work Bonsai and Ghostpatrol have painted at Barkly Square. There is also a great Neckface on a rooftop on Sydney road.
Take us through the piece you have created for Barkly Square.
I wanted to paint a work that focuses on ideas of growing community and the environments we choose to live in.
Would you like to collaborate with any Melbourne artists or do you prefer to work solo?
Yes, I enjoy collaborating with other artists, it’s interesting and you learn a lot from each other.
What project in your career has been the most satisfying?
Completing my largest public art project to date at the Perth International Airport. The final artwork is 80m x 6m with 3D elements and LED programmed lighting. You can see the video here: http://vimeo.com/103968783
What is your ideal working environment and ideal tools to use?
I like painting walls outside because every building is different and presents a new creative challenge. I also like painting in the studio because it’s warm and has coffee.
While you’re working, do you prefer a “loud music” or “peace and quiet” situation?
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